Date: 28th July 2017 at 4:18pm
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Bradford’s penultimate pre-season friendly, which came after defeat against Sunderland, saw City beaten by Newcastle on Wednesday.

Stuart McCall’s seeking ‘attacking intent’ at FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

Looking back to the Newcastle friendly at Valley Parade, having held Rafa Benitez’s side to a goalless first half the Premier League side proved too strong in the end, the Magpies running out 4-0 winners.

Dwight Gayle put Newcastle ahead in the second half with Jacob Murphy soon adding a second. A third came from Aleksandar Mitrovic before Murphy completed the scoring and his brace.

However, on a positive note, McCall, who went into the game with a realistic mindset of what he wanted to achieve, was able to give no fewer than six players the full 90 minutes on Wednesday.

Bradford – 1. Colin Doyle, 2. Tony McMahon, 3. Adam Chicksen
4. Jake Reeves, 5. Matthew Kilgallon, 6. Nathaniel Knight-Percival, 7. Nicky Law 8. Alex Jones, 11. Alex Gilliead, 14. Romain Vincelot, 15. Shay McCartan.

Substitutes – 12. Rouven Sattelmaier (GK), 16. Daniel Pybus, 17. Daniel Devine, 18. Jacob Hanson, 19. TRIALIST, 20. Ellis Hudson, 22. Omari Patrick

Substitutions – Devine for Reeves (73), Hudson for McCartan (77), Pybus for Law (77), TRIALIST for Gilliead (77), Patrick for Jones (77)

Reflecting on the game McCall told the Official Website he wasn’t too disheartened by the final result, admittedly some areas could have gone better.

‘The lads certainly got a really hard session from this game. We have GPS (data collection) now for the lads so we can check the figures, but I’m sure they will have put a lot into this match. We will naturally look at the goals and what we could have done better, but I’m not going to judge people.’

He went on to say the visiting sides’ quality was evident before a ball was kicked with plenty of positives taken from a game, especially the first half.

‘There will be no doom and gloom about this result. Newcastle’s quality and the strength of their squad was there for all to see,’ added McCall.

‘It was a great effort from the players to get us to the break without conceding. They have defended really well against some top opposition. It was hard for the lads when they’ve given everything in the first period but then they (Newcastle) bring more quality, fresh legs, off the bench.’

Pre-season will now be rounded off with a trip to FC Halifax tomorrow.

The National League will give McCall his final chance to look at his players before the League one opener against Blackpool next weekend and the boss wants this to come after a positive performance and result at the MBi Shay Stadium.

‘Obviously the Sunderland and Newcastle games were great tests for us, but hopefully we can show more attacking intent on Saturday. It was hard for Alex (Jones) and Shay (McCartan) on Wednesday night. We hope to show more with the ball going forward this weekend. We know Halifax will want a good game themselves – they will want to finish their pre-season off strongly too – but we are getting stronger and sharper each week,’ McCall told the Official Website.

Adding: ‘We want a positive display to kick off a positive week leading up to Blackpool game. Depending on the situation in the game, we might look to change things around a bit on the hour mark, make a few substitutions and try a different shape. We want to put in a strong, positive display both defensively and offensively. The aim is to come through the game unscathed and with a platform to build upon going into the week leading up to the Blackpool game.’

Unfortunately Halifax will be played behind-closed-doors, which isn’t ideal but McCall doesn’t think it’ll make much difference because As odd as it’ll be to have no fans in the stands City are very much approaching this like a ‘proper game.’

McCall added: ‘We cannot let the lack of atmosphere affect us. It is a proper game and we will be treating it as such. We have lads in the squad who are fighting for a place in the starting XI for the league opener. It will obviously be strange not to have fans in the stands but this is a game we wanted and a game the lads are looking forward to.’

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