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“We trust the players” – Conor Sellars and Ollie Crankshaw in pre-Tranmere press conference

By Khya Gott

Bradford City manager Conor Sellars and player Ollie Crankshaw talk to the media as they prepare to host Tranmere at Valley Parade.

CameraSport via Getty Images BRADFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Bradford City joint manager Conor Sellars (right) and manager Mark Trueman watch on during the Sky Bet League Two match between Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers at Northern Commercials Stadium on March 6, 2021 in Bradford, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

City are currently looking to land a place in the League Two play offs and with five games to go, the Bantams will need a strong finish as they fight for promotion.

Speaking on the current form of the team, Sellars said: “I think there are different factors, but with conceding early goals you are chasing from quite early on and we have probably not looked ourselves when we are chasing.

“We trust the players, we trust in their abilities but what we feel is that every team is different, every team has different strengths and weaknesses. The players have done so well in the 4-2-3-1 or the 4-3-3, we probably have had moments in 4-4-2 but look quite vulnerable.”

Sellars moved on to talking about their next opponents, Tranmere.

“Nobody wants to win at the minute it seems, which is strange, again, there is a lot of strange results. Fortunate for us, yes there are fewer games to the end of the season, but we are no further points away after the past two results, we want to win every game.

“Ollie (Crankshaw) did well and impacted the game (vs Harrogate), that is all we can ask of players who come off the bench, they make an impact.”

Players returning from injury

On players returning, Sellars continued: “Just Callum Cooke, it’ll be nice to have him back. He has done really well for us. He is an important player, I think the safest way is to build him up, especially the first game.”

Sellars and Mark Truman were appointed caretaker managers at City in December and having only been at the club for a few months.

During their first transfer window, the managers signed Ollie Crankshaw. The winger also spoke to the media as the footballer made an assist in their last game against Harrogate Town.

NurPhoto via Getty Images Oldham Athletic’s Andrea Badan tussles with Anthony O’Connor of Bradford City and Oliver Crankshaw of Bradford City during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Bradford City and Oldham Athletic at the Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 20th March 2021. (Credit: Eddie Garvey | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Saturday was difficult to take because, especially the second half, there was large parts of the game where there was only one side that looked like winning and even a point would have been good.

“My game time the last couple of weeks has been limited, so from me personally, I just had a point to prove.”

Crankshaw continued: “I’m only 22, I’ve got my best years in front of me, that is why I came to Bradford City, to develop as a player and play for a big club.

“For me personally, I want to get as many goals and assists as possible. I feel a bit unlucky with a few this season, the ‘keepers have made quite a few good saves in the past couple of games.

“Build another run, if you can win another one or two you can win as many as possible, just build a run now.”

The European Super League

One thing both manager and player were asked about was the European Super League that is being discussed heavily today after six English Premier League clubs announced their plans to join the competition.

The City manager continued: “It’s a difficult one, I think from where we are, I have no opinion because it doesn’t affect us, however, there will be a lot of frustrated people in the world of football, probably Gary Neville summed it up.”

Building on from that, Crankshaw said: “Everyone grows up wanting to, especially as a football fan or footballer, they grow up and want to play in the English Football League.

“I know it doesn’t really affect us and I have my own views, but everything that has been said in the media, like from your Gary Neville’s is spot on really, no fan really wants it at this moment in time.”

Bradford City host Tranmere at Valley Parade tomorrow from 7pm as they continue the push for promotion.

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