Sam Stubbs pondered over yesterday afternoon’s 1-1 draw against Hull City, a Sky Bet Championship team, while the Bantams moved nearer to the commencement of the league season.

At the University of Bradford Stadium, Stubbs expressed his satisfaction in finding the back of the net. However, he emphasised that his goal held greater significance from a team perspective, especially considering their focus on set pieces, an aspect they have been diligently working on.

“It was nice to get more minutes back at Valley Parade, and I enjoyed being back,” he said.

“[On his goal] It was probably more pleasing from a team point of view.

“The set-piece routine is something we have been working on, and something we identify as being important for the league season, it is always nice to get on the scoresheet.

“Scoring more goals is definitely something I want to bring to my game more this season, after only getting one last season. I think set pieces will be huge.

“We cannot all rely on (Andy) Cooky to get the goals, we all have to chip in. There is great height within the team and we have to make the most of it.”

Having welcomed six fresh faces to join the Bantams during the summer, Stubbs expresses satisfaction with the seamless integration of these new players into the team, fostering a positive and high team morale.
As the defender eagerly anticipates the next test against Championship rivals, Valley Parade is set to host Middlesbrough on Wednesday night at 7.30 pm.

“The new lads have settled in brilliantly,” he added.

“It was a good group previously, but there are no bad eggs in this group. We are all mates both on and off the pitch.

“But from a football point of view, they have definitely strengthened us from last year, which will only stand us in good stead.

“I am looking forward to it [the Middlesbrough game]. It is my old club, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces.

“They did very well last year and I am sure they will be up there again this year. It is another good test against another good team.”