Ban­tams pay price for Payne’s penalty miss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

BRAD­FORD CITY 1 SUN­DER­LAND 2 LEAGUE ONE

HEAD COACH David Hop­kin was ag­grieved af­ter see­ing his side lose to pro­mo­tion favourites Sun­der­land in an event­ful match which ended with both sides down to ten men.

He said: “I hate get­ting beaten and I don’t think we de­served it. A 2-2 draw would have been a fair re­sult. We showed we could com­pete with them. I am de­lighted with the per­for­mance of the play­ers. I think Sun­der­land have got away with one to­day.”

Sun­der­land went in front in the 20th minute when the Brad­ford de­fence failed to deal with Ai­den McGeady’s cross be­fore Lee Cattermole’s shot was di­verted into the net by Josh Maja – the Brad­ford play­ers claim­ing with his arm.

Cap­tain An­thony O’Con­nor equalised in the 51st minute, hook­ing the ball into the net at the far post af­ter Kelvin Mel­lor’s long throw had been headed on.

Sun­der­land re­gained the lead two min­utes later when Jack Bald­win fired low into the net from Chris Maguire’s free­kick be­fore the match defin­ing in­ci­dent.

City were handed a penalty in the 66th minute when cap­tain Max Power fouled Jack Payne and was sent off for kick­ing out. Former Ban­tams goal­keeper Jon McLaugh­lin saved Payne’s spot kick and to com­plete City’s mis­ery winger Sean Scan­nell was sent off in stop­page time for push­ing over Ge­orge Honey­man.

Hop­kin said: “You’re al­ways at your worst when you score and we switched off for five or six min­utes. These are things we need to man­age bet­ter.”

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