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James Bolton Pre Bradford City

12 April 2018

Bolton looks ahead to Bradford trip

Shrewsbury Town Defender James Bolton is fully focussed on bouncing back from Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy Final defeat when they face Bradford City this evening.

Town were beaten 1-0 on Sunday, but Bolton believes that there would be no better way of getting over that defeat than with a win tonight.

“All the lads are hurt from the game and we feel like we didn’t do ourselves justice, but it’s another game that’s come round quick and hopefully we can bounce back”, said James.

“It’s going to take a bit to get over, but we’ve got another task in hand and that’s the league now, so let’s got and give that a good push. I think as soon as we get in the changing rooms tomorrow we will know what we have to do and hopefully we can get the result.

“There’s not really much time to dwell. We were training on Tuesday and it was straight onto Bradford and preparing for that.

“I think you’ve got to see the Checkatrade Final as a one-off and focus on how we were against Oxford, keep our heads high and think that we are up there for a reason in our league.”

Bradford are on a difficult run of late and lost 5-0 to Blackpool last time out, but James is expecting a reaction from Simon Grayson’s side.

“There’s a lot of history at Bradford and they get a lot of fans, so it should be a good game”, Bolton said.

“They have got a relatively new manager and I think they will be raring to bounce back and get a good result. With it being us as well, who are up there, it might mean a little bit more for them, so hopefully we can get another good result and not let their good result come against us.”

Town now have just six games remaining and Bolton believes that everyone is like a cup final.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on results now”, James said.

“I think performances go out of the window a little bit. You’ve just got to concentrate on picking up points and hopefully the top two teams, Blackburn and Wigan, slip-up and we capitalise on that.

“I think if we are to go up automatically we at least need to be winning five or six, so hopefully we can achieve that.”

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