Date: 9th November 2017 at 9:30am
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It goes without saying Kenny Black, of course Stuart McCall’s assistant, was disappointed by Bradford’s defeat to Rotherham on Tuesday but he felt some positives could be taken from it.

City, already secured of a place in the last 32 of the Checkatrade Trophy having beaten Chesterfield and Manchester City’s U21 side, were well beaten at Valley Parade – Rotherham leaving with a 3-0 win.

A competition that afforded City to use some of the younger players, Black still feels those given that opportunity would have gained from it.

‘We are disappointed with the result – we wanted to finish the group with a victory – but there are some of our younger players who will have got something from the game,’ Black told the Official Website.

Adding: ‘The first and third goals, particularly with that one coming on the stroke of half time, were disappointing to concede. To concede them all before the break was a body blow for the young lads. The effort was there from the lads but sometimes you get nights like this where it wasn’t to be.’

The fact Jordan Gibson was able to show ‘flashes of what he is all about’, similarly to his performance against Man City U21s, left Black ‘pleased with his contribution.’

Jake Maltby and Reece Staunton were introduced in the second half, Staunton’s involvement saw the 15 year old become the youngest ever player to represent City in a first team game.

Black added: ‘What I particularly liked about Reece’s performance was that he showed no nerves when he came on. He showed great composure on the ball, as did young Jake when he came on as well. He produced a couple of nice passes in the middle of the park.’

‘There is certainly an opportunity for them now. You just hope that can go on and enjoy a long and fruitful career in the game. Hopefully Reece and Jake’s involvement tonight (Tuesday) will encourage the other young lads we have at the club,’ finished the assistant.

Maltby had come on to replace Timothee Dieng as he ‘felt his hamstring tighten up slightly’ so he was removed as a precautionary measure, which Black hopes has prevented further damage and remains hopeful he’ll be fit for the League One meeting with Plymouth on Saturday.

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