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HOPKIN HAILS SUPPORT FOLLOWING PLYMOUTH STALEMATE

16 February 2019

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David Hopkin hailed the support of the City faithful after the Bantams were denied all three points by in-form Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims were able to withstand a dominant second-half City display, denying multiple chances with David Ball, Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Anderson going close in a 0-0 stalemate.

Ball struck the post on 53 minutes, Kyle Letheren denied Doyle with his fingertips shortly after - and substitute Anderson had a superb back-heeled effort cleared off the line.

City manager Hopkin said: “We started the first half well but then allowed Plymouth to come back into the game.

“We upped the tempo in the second half and had some early corners and chances to try get in front.

“The supporters got right behind us and we should have won the game, given the chances we had.

“Plymouth are a very good side on the counter attack - with some strong players.

“However, we have come away disappointed to only get a point.”

Billy Clarke made his first start at the Northern Commercials Stadium since his return from Charlton Athletic on deadline day.

Hopkin declared himself “pleased” with Clarke’s efforts in the Bantams’ attacking line.

“Billy showed his experience as the game wore on,” added Hopkin.

“He adapted to the tempo and contributed well for us in a difficult scenario.

“We created some very good chances. David Ball was unlucky to have a shot hit the post and Jermaine Anderson had a good flick in front of The Kop.

“David had another chance at the end, which was harder than it looked. He was caught in two minds of whether to shoot or try and pass to George Miller.

“Hopefully this point, come the end of the season, will count as a good point for us.

“You could see by the reaction from Plymouth at the end of the game that they were delighted to grab a point.

“Their keeper made three or four great saves to leave us disappointed but the result has dragged a few more teams into the mix.

“We just need to stay strong ahead of another tough game at Walsall, next week, which is a massive six-pointer for both clubs.”

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