Ban­tams able to deal with pres­sure-point

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

HEAD COACH David Hop­kin con­grat­u­lated his play­ers on their game man­age­ment skills as bot­tom club Brad­ford City gained their first win in eight League One matches in front of a bumper 19,084 crowd.

The only down side for the Ban­tams was the send­ing off of de­fender Nat Knight-Per­ci­val for a foul on sub­sti­tute Sam Smith four min­utes from the end.

Hop­kin said: “I asked the play­ers to make sure the crowd got with us and we scored two goals close to each other to set­tle us down. We man­aged the game su­perbly.

“We started the game on the front foot and the fans got be­hind us – the at­mos­phere was elec­tric for the whole 90 min­utes.

“Noth­ing is done, but it is im­por­tant that we didn’t get cut adrift.

“It was a mas­sive pres­sure­point game. If we had lost to­day and other teams above us won, it would have been 10 points (to safety) and seven be­hind ev­ery­one else.”

The Ban­tams are still bot­tom, but this win – only their fourth of the sea­son – cut the gap to the fifth from the bot­tom club Ox­ford to four points.

Two goals in three min­utes mid­way through the first half set­tled the match.

David Ball scored the first in the 25th minute with a close range header af­ter Eoin Doyle had headed on Jack Payne’s cor­ner.

Payne scored the sec­ond in the 28th minute, sweep­ing the ball into the net from the edge of the six yard area af­ter Lewis O’Brien squared it into his path.

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