GARY Bowyer was fuming over City's defensive lapses in tonight's 3-2 defeat at Cheltenham.

Having conceded only five goals in the opening eight games, the Bantams were cut open three times in the second half at Whaddon Road.

Bowyer said: “It’s very frustrating. We’re angry that we didn’t take a point from here at minimum because of the chances we created.

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"Coupled that with the goals we conceded, which were very soft and it’s really disappointing.

“We’ve been talking about the stats in terms of the best start (defensively) for 25 years and tonight all three goals were just soft.

“I don’t know where that came from.

“On the positive side, there was the number of chances we created. We could have been talking about a Clayton Donaldson hat-trick.

“But when we go and get the goal, we should kick on from there.

“We don’t and it’s another soft goal we concede and then, when we get back in the game, we gave a stupid foul away. We did that three or four times and we got punished.”