HOPKIN FURY AT COSTLY ‘ERROR’
AFURIOUS David Hopkin blamed technology failure for Peterborough United’s equaliser against his Bradford City side in the draw at ABAX Stadium.
The bottom-placed visitors, who had lost their previous six league matches, had taken a deserved 10th-minute lead through Anthony O’Connor before Ivan Toney equalised for Posh 16 minutes into the second-half.
The leveller enraged Hopkin, who was prevented from making a change moments earlier. He said: “I wanted to make a sub to kill the game. And then it’s an offside goal.
“The fourth official was shouting at the linesman to come back because he couldn’t hear him – that I’d like to make a sub.
“But great credit to every one of the players, I thought they were magnificent. They ran their socks off. I asked them for that.
“I’m disappointed to leave with one point, but it’s a point and stops the rot. Before the game if someone had said you’d come here and get a point I’d have been quite happy, but I’m disappointed we’ve not got three.
“I’m delighted with the performance. I said to the players, ‘that’s the standards we need. That’s the energy levels we need to play at’.”
Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman had little to do for much of the match, but was kept busy early on as he pushed aside a curled effort from Bradford debutant Paul Caddis and denied Jack Payne with his legs.
However, he was unable to keep out O’Connor’s low shot after Hope Akpan steered a loose ball in the area to him.
Siriki Dembele and Toney were brought on at half-time by Peterborough manager Steve Evans, and the latter latched on to Marcus Maddi“Credit son’s long crossfield pass to shoot low into the net from inside the area.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the closing stages, but neither goalkeeper was called into action.
Peterborough manager Steve Evans gave short shrift to the comments, responding: “If technology worked David Hopkin would be in the stand for his abuse of the referee.”
Posh slip to fourth in the table, and a frustrated Evans said: “Bradford started better than us because we had too many in a Posh shirt who thought this would just be three points.
“They deservedly took the lead, but from there on after we laid siege into the Bradford half. We’ve had enough crosses in, and we’re unfortunate on the balance of play to be behind at half-time.
“The second-half, all bar the final ball from wide positions into the box, I’ve never been involved in such a one-sided game where I’ve not won.
to Bradford their lads stood up, they fought hard and got an undeserved point. If we had made chances for our strikers I think we would have scored. We go away hurting that we’ve thrown two points right out the window.”
THREAT: Peterborough’s Ivan Toney sends his header wide and, inset, celebrates his goal while Bradford’s Paul Caddis complains to the referee STAR MAN JACK PAYNE Bradford City