HOP­KIN FURY AT COSTLY ‘ER­ROR’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Peter Thomp­son

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.”

PIC­TURE: PSI/Nigel Cole

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

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