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HOPKIN 'DELIGHTED' AS BANTAMS KICK ON

2 January 2019

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David Hopkin last night declared himself “delighted” after City swept aside Accrington Stanley - in a 3-0 triumph - to steer clear of Sky Bet League One’s relegation zone.

Eoin Doyle’s first-half goal, along with two long-range efforts from Lewis O’Brien and Connor Wood sealed all three points for Hopkin’s men.

The Bantams boss hailed the efforts of his young goal-scorers after City “seized the opportunity” to extend their unbeaten run to four league games on home soil.

Hopkin said: “It was important we got the three points to climb out of the relegation zone.

“We knew we would have to work hard against a very good Accrington side.

“Our game had to be adapted. We weren’t going to be able to play at our best after such a difficult run of games over a short spell.

“But we managed three fantastic goals today and we thoroughly deserved the win.

“Lewis scored with a superb finish and Connor thrashed one into the top corner.

“Two great left foots have given us two great goals, along with a great move to set up Eoin.”

City have now scored seven goals in their last two fixtures, continuing a rich vein of form into 2019.

Hopkin heaped praise on supporters for helping his side across the finishing line on New Year’s Day.

He added: “The fans got us through the last 20 minutes of the game. Their singing, chanting and constant support meant we could give it our absolute all until the final whistle.

“The players want to play here, at home, in front of these fans. They feel the supporters are right behind them nowadays.

“It leads to enjoyable football, which brings the best out of the players as we have seen in recent weeks.”

Lewis O’Brien was helped from the field during the second half, shortly after giving City a one-goal advantage.

He was brought down by Accrington striker Offrande Zanzala - who was shown a red card for the challenge.

Hopkin explained: “Lewis has a nasty cut on his shin, which we will deal with, but it doesn’t look too serious at this stage.

“It was a shame to lose Lewis as he was playing brilliantly, like he has been all season.

“Him coming off gave Connor a big chance, though, and he really seized his opportunity.

“He played very well, out of position, and scored a high-quality goal to seal victory.”

Meanwhile, City can confirm the departures of Curtis Peters and Reece Powell.

Peters’ and Powell’s contracts expired yesterday and both have been released by the club.


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