Missed chances prove so costly for Ban­tams

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - Brad­ford City:

DAVID HOP­KIN was left to curse missed chances as bot­tom club Brad­ford City slipped to their sixth de­feat in a row against League One lead­ers Portsmouth at Val­ley Pa­rade.

It was Pom­pey’s sev­enth away win and Brad­ford’s sev­enth home de­feat.

“That was hard to take,” said City’s head coach. “I think we had five or six good chances. We had three free head­ers from set plays and we’ve had Hope Ak­pan’s chance at the end.

“But the ap­pli­ca­tion was great and there were a lot of pos­i­tives to take from the game. I had a fan­tas­tic re­ac­tion from our 4-0 de­feat Gilling­ham the week be­fore. Even when we went 1-0 down we didn’t crum­ble, but we have to do bet­ter with the chances we had.”

For­mer Brad­ford player Gareth Evans, once a striker now used by Portsmouth as an at­tack­ing mid­field player scored the win­ning goal in the 11th minute, con­trol­ling a left wing cross from Ro­nan Cur­tis be­fore scor­ing with a shot high into the net from ten yards.

Brad­ford had chances to equalise, the best one fall­ing to Ap­kan in the first minute of stop­page time. The mid­field player fired over the bar with only keeper Craig MacGil­livray to beat af­ter be­ing put through by sub­sti­tute Sher­win See­dorf.

To com­pound Brad­ford’s mis­ery they had left back Adam Chick­sen sent off in the 83rd minute for a sec­ond book­able of­fence – a de­ci­sion de­scribed by Hop­kin as ‘harsh.’ It was Chick­sen’s first match back af­ter a ten week in­jury ab­sence.

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