MATCH DAY: Newport County v Bradford City: Jamie Walker and Mark Hughes want Bantams to release the shackles.

A recurring element of Bradford City’s mediocre start to the League Two season has been their inability to capitalize on opportunities, which they hope to change this week in practice.

The Bantams have scored just six goals and have won just two of their eight games thus far, making Andy Cook’s injury—last season’s top scorer—glaringly evident.

Jamie Walker and Bradford City need to get back in the goalscoring habit (Picture: Tony Johnson)

They travel to Newport County today, a team that has scored ten more goals, and striker Jamie Walker, who is joint-top scorer with two goals for Bradford, explains the lengths to which they will go to score.

“We have been working on stuff this week to make sure we have a better chance of getting three points,” he said.

“There has been a lot of work put into final-third play, and hopefully we can benefit from that on Saturday.

“Defensively, there has been a general improvement, and the attackers have been tracking back, but that general improvement also needs to be applied offensively.

“We require more guys in the box, as well as additional width from the full-backs. Although we have been working on a few other projects as well, if we are successful in that, we will produce a lot more.

We obviously miss someone of Andy (Cook)’s caliber because he poses a threat to any adversary.

However, we still have guys that can be problematic, so we need to be a little bit more cunning in some areas of our play.

Manager Mark Hughes wants to see more originality.

We must abandon the safe mode, which prevents us from being as energetic at the top of the pitch, he stated.

“I anticipate a development. If we can get more one-on-ones and engage with them a little more.

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