Date: 20th August 2017 at 3:44pm
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Bradford suffered a first Valley Parade defeat since March 2016 when Blackburn went away with a 1-0 win.

A defeat that disappointed Stuart McCall as he didn’t feel City deserved to lose.

Having gone into this meeting with successive League One victories, putting aside a full campaign, and more, unbeaten at home, Bradford couldn’t create too many openings as Dominic Samuel’s header, minutes into the second half, secured Blackburn the points.

McCall’s frustration was clear when commenting post-match on the Official Website: ‘We are disappointed to lose the game. We didn’t have enough about us to win but I don’t think we deserved to lose it. The goal almost sums up our day really. The lad (Samuel) hasn’t really headed it properly and it has hit Tom Field and deflected past (Colin) Doyley. It was certainly a cruel goal to lose.’

The boss did admit it had been a ‘hard day’ and knows City needed to create more chances with it now his aim to spend another week with this ‘work in progress’ on the training pitch.

‘It was a hard day for us. I don’t think there was much between the teams, but we are disappointed we’ve not created enough scoring opportunities. Not making excuses though, but you only have to look at the experience and know-how in their team to realise it was going to be a challenging game.’

Adding: ‘We know we are a work in progress, but we will have to work on that right formula going forward. When teams sit-back and are organised, we need to find ways to pull players out of position and find those pockets of space. We’ll have another important week on the training ground next week working with the players.’

Charlie Wyke was able to make his return though, getting 20 minutes at the end.

On his involvement McCall said: ‘When Charlie came on, his physical attributes gave us a greater presence in attack, and he lifted the crowd as well. He pushes us forward, gets us up the field and helps us put more pressure on their defence. Having Charlie back is a clear boost because we now have a target-man who can lead the line.’

However, pleased as he is to have the forward back, who will have an important part to play, McCall said he wouldn’t ‘put pressure on Charlie to score all the goals.’

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