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INTERVIEW: They can play a massive part

Callum Guy on focus and how big a part the home crowd can play

19 May 2023

Midfielder Callum Guy has been one of the standout performers this season, and he was yet again heavily involved at Valley Parade as the Blues overcame the disappointment of conceding an early goal to take charge of the game with what was a strong performance.


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Speaking about the importance of the double-header of Bradford fixtures, and the excitement that comes with being part of it, he said: “This is what you dream of as a little kid, being involved in games like this.

“Especially after last season, with not doing so well, to be in this position now is great. Hopefully we can turn it round on Saturday and get the result.

“We’ve got loads of confidence in the group. We created chances that we should have scored from as well, so we’re going into the next game feeling good. Obviously there’s only one goal in it and there’s still a full 90 minutes to play.”

Having played them so recently he admitted that it can work both ways in terms of how you approach your opponents in the second encounter.

“I think it’s a bit of both,” he told us. “Teams turn up different on different days, but it is nice to get an idea of how they play.

“We took the game to them in the second half away from home, but they’re coming here now. Hopefully it’ll be packed and we’ll be looking to turn it around.

“I think there’s quite a lot of the lads who haven’t been involved in the play-offs before so to do what we did at a place like that, with the size of the crowd, shows the confidence we have in this group that we put in such a good performance.”


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And it’ll be another big crowd at the weekend.

“It’s really exciting,” he agreed. “We had a taste of it at the Easter weekend with how good this crowd can be. It means so much to the lads to see everybody turn up, it gives us a real boost.

“They can play a massive part. They can be that twelfth man and really get behind us and push us to get that early goal. We know they’ll stick with us throughout the 90 minutes and hopefully we can get the result for them.

“No team likes to come up here. It’s a long way and the crowd can really get behind us, which puts the other team on the back foot. Hopefully they can be that twelfth man.”

What would it mean to see this job through?

“It means everything,” he replied. “We’ve put in so much work throughout this past year, even from when the gaffer came in last year, and how quickly he turned it around then.

“We just want to get the job done now and hopefully that means we’ll all have a really good summer.”

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