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HOPKIN PRAISES 'VERSATILE' BANTAMS

3 February 2019

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City boss David Hopkin was pleased with the versatility on show as his side extended their unbeaten run to three games.

The Bantams battled hard to secure another crucial Sky Bet League One point yesterday, drawing 0-0 with play-off hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers after beating Shrewsbury in midweek.

Hopkin, who included new signings Jacob Butterfield and Billy Clarke in his matchday squad, was content with the outcome - but claimed his side should have been awarded a penalty during the first half.

He said: “It was a difficult game and we knew it was always going to be tricky coming down to Wycombe in tough conditions.

“We started the game brightly and had three or four good opportunities to score.

“Eoin Doyle had a chance deflected off the line - via a handball - where we should have received a penalty for something which looked deliberate in my eyes.

“The players deserve a lot of credit for coming to a ground where the home team have a very impressive record.

“Wycombe are chasing a play-off spot, we competed with them all the way and should have won.

“But we showed another side to ourselves today. Earlier in the season we possibly would have lost this game, so we can be happy with our progression.

“I think we will look back on this as a fantastic point come the end of the season.”

City’s deadline day additions, Butterfield and Clarke, entered the action during the second half.

Hopkin was happy with their efforts and is looking forward to seeing how the duo develop.

“I was tempted to start both of them today but we have players who have been playing well - and they deserved to play,” explained Hopkin.

“They gave a good account of themselves and helped us get the point, so it will be interesting to see how they progress in the weeks ahead.

“With Sean Scannell and Kelvin Mellor now only a matter of weeks away, competition for places will be extremely high.

“I felt our bench yesterday was the strongest it has been this season and we still have players to come back from injury.”

Defender Calum Woods is likely to miss Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town.

He was ruled out of yesterday’s game after suffering a minor hamstring injury in the Bantams’ 4-3 victory over Shrewsbury - four days prior.


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