GARY Bowyer has called on tunnel vision from City as they chase promotion without any distractions.

Tuesday’s FA Cup first-round exit has cleared their schedule with only League Two to concentrate on.

While the Bantams were gutted to fall short against Shrewsbury, Bowyer reckons his side demonstrated they could match a team from the next level up.

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And he wants them to carry that belief into the battle to bounce straight back from the bottom division.

City now prepare for Saturday’s trip to Plymouth, who won at previous leaders Forest Green last time out.

Bowyer said: “It’s the next game and the group we’ve got has quality and spirit.

“It’s a good game for them to bounce back because it is a disappointed dressing room and rightly so.

“We’re disappointed we’re not still in the FA Cup.

“If you look at the chances we had, even late on with James Vaughan’s header at the back post, we wanted to go through.

“On reflection, we gave a good account of ourselves against a strong League One club, in the first game especially.

“We needed more in the second and wanted more – and were certainly capable of more, for sure.

“But all our attention now turns to the league where it has always been.”

Bowyer admitted City paid the price for not taking their chances in both clashes with Shrewsbury as they missed out on potential FA Cup riches.

He added: “If we had been a little bit more clinical, we might have been talking about a victory.

“It was the same story down there. When Dylan Connolly went through, you expected him to score.

“We challenge them every time and did that against higher league opposition.

“You look at the two games and the only difference between the teams was an offside goal. That just shows you how far we pushed them.

“Look at the lads Shrewsbury brought back immediately from international duty. That was a compliment to us and the respect they showed.”

The City boss was pleased Vaughan came through unscathed after his injury in the first tie.

“He was fine with his ankle,” said Bowyer. “Those extra days of not playing at the weekend probably helped him.

“But as a team, there were one or two others who looked like they had needed that game.

“You can try and replicate it as much as possible in training but ultimately it’s that rhythm of playing games. We’ve had a couple of bitty weeks but hopefully that’s sorted now.”