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HOPKIN HAILS 'FANTASTIC' BANTAMS

16 December 2018

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David Hopkin hailed the efforts of his Bantams following yesterday’s impressive 4-0 victory over Walsall.

Goals from Paul Caddis, Eoin Doyle and two from David Ball saw City off the foot of Sky Bet League One - and to within three points of safety.

The Bantams boss was delighted by the level of commitment on display at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Hopkin said: “I am absolutely delighted with the performance and result.

“We handled the conditions brilliantly and managed to score a good goal before half-time.

“We wanted to get another early goal in the second half and David Ball got it for us.

“We scored four goals and could have had more if we had approached each attack with a bit more care - but we were outstanding going forwards.

“Outfield we kept the same team as last Tuesday, because I was so impressed with the performance against Peterborough, and the players repaid my faith.

“We had to try get the win to move us up the league table and we did it. The goals are now coming throughout different parts of the team, which is great to see.”

The result saw City up to 22nd, moving them away from bottom spot - which they have occupied since the end of October.

And Hopkin is keen to use the motivation gained from recent performances to help the Bantams through the crucial weeks ahead.

The Scot added: “We said we wanted to be off the bottom of the table by Christmas, which we have now done.

“Everyone is now looking forward to Scunthorpe. We know we can keep the level of performance and desire up from the last few games and take it forward.

“We scored four on Tuesday and went out of the cup. We scored four yesterday but kept the clean sheet required.

“The defence played their part. They are an experienced back line and it showed - and Richard O’Donnell made a few fantastic saves to keep it out of our net.

“I said when I joined the club that everybody needs to gel as one – and we are seeing it now.

“The fans were fantastic for us, yet again, and on a very cold and wet December day. They will play a massive part between now and May.

“They demand hard work, so we need to make sure we put the performances in to please the fans and rise up the league.”

City return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, welcoming Stuart McCall’s Scunthorpe United to the Northern Commercials Stadium (kick-off 3.00pm).

Tickets are available and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE, or visiting the ticket office during normal office hours.


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