Bantams Defender Mark Bower On Yesterday

Last updated : 02 January 2007 By Thetashkentterror

Bantams defender Mark Bower
City centre-half Mark Bower spoke to BBC Radio Leeds on Monday evening as he gave his opinion on his team's 1-0 defeat against Carlisle at Brunton Park, Bower talking about the need for Bradford to start getting the rub of the green :

" We feel very frustrated with the way things have been going recently. You look at the game again and you can't say that we deserved to lose that game. If you look at the two moments of quality in the game, their lad (Karl Hawley) has turned and put in a great goal, and JJ's (Jermaine Johnson) chance smashed against the bar, it's just the way it's going. The margins are so slim, if JJ's goes in after they score then it would have given us a real lift, we're just struggling though to get that little bit of quality and little bit of luck in front of goal at the moment.

" We just had to be on our toes at the back really, the conditions were difficult and there was a strong wind so we just had to be aware of that. I think we spent a lot of time in possession of the ball, we just lacked that sort of cutting edge and final ball into the box that probably could have got us a couple of goals today.

" I don't think he (Danny Graham -who Bradford were also looking to sign) caused us too many problems, I think we'd be pretty happy coming away from home and conceding the amount of chances that we did. The disappointing thing is that we just couldn't manage to eke out a couple of chances of our own, to not just draw the game but I think that we had the possession and territorial advantage to even win it.

" Everyone is disappointed because of the result but I think a lot of the lads are just thinking that we are not getting the rub of the green. JJ has hit the bar and we seem to be hitting the woodwork more than we are hitting the back of the net which is a difficult thing to do really. You just hope that the gaffer (Colin Todd), he did it in August just before the season started and brought in a couple of fresh faces when things were looking really bleak and it really picked us up. If he can do the same sort of thing this time in the January transfer window then our season is a long way from dead and we can put the sort of run together that took us up to third or fourth in the league early in the season.

" I'm not going to lie, you hear what the fans and the crowd are saying about the gaffer, you've just got to forget about that and do the best you can. The gaffer is working the best he can with what we've got, we've got people out there today that, if we had any other senior players to pick from, wouldn't have played because we've had a bit of a bug going round. We've got no divine right to be up at the top of this league, the money situation is so tight at the club. The lads are giving it everything they have got and if the gaffer can just have that little bit of flexibility to bring in a couple of players like he did at the start of the season then we can pick up once again. We did it in August and I'm sure we can do it again.

" We're having a lot of possession of the ball and we are penning teams back towards their penalty area. Maybe teams have done a bit of homework on us and have seen that if they do sit back against us and frustrate us then they can do a job on us. If that's the case then maybe we need to have a different approach to the game. It's a difficult job though and one that I don't think I could do, it's down to the people involved to bring players in or change things that can make us get going again.

" He (Richard Edghill) has been sick all morning, he was throwing his guts up but he was desperate to play. He did a good job while he was out there but I think halfway through the second-half he was sick on the pitch and was really struggling. On any other day he probably wouldn't have played but with us being so thin on the ground he's had to go out there and do a job, he's just struggling with a bug really. Schuey (Steven Schumacher) has spent the whole time on the bus asleep at the front of the bus, Bridgey (Marc Bridge-Wilkinson) has been the same, Parks (Ben Parker) has had a bit and obviously Joe (Colbeck) has had a lot of time off. That's just one of those things that when things are not going well for you seem to hit you. "