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BOWYER 'DELIGHTED' WITH CITY RESPONSE

7 September 2019

Bantams boss Gary Bowyer was buoyed by the strong second period response shown by his side following City's dramatic 2-1 win over Northampton Town at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

A goal down at the break thanks to Northampton skipper Charlie Goode's headed opener, Bowyer's men roared out of the blocks after the restart to completely dominate the half against the Cobblers.

An own goal from Northampton defender Michael Harriman thirteen minutes from the end of normal time drew City level.

A close range finish from Paudie O'Connor as the clock ticked towards ninety minutes then completed the fightback for the Bantams, sealing a richly-deserved victory.

Bowyer said: "I am delighted after that. I didn't feel we deserved to be one goal down when we were.

"We had a good start - James Vaughan had a couple of decent chances early in the game - but then we concede a soft goal from a set-piece.

"We just said to the players at half time to calm down, relax, and go and express yourself.

"In terms of possession, number of shots and number of crosses, we were totally dominant in the second half.

"You felt it was only a matter of time before we got ourselves back into the game.

"We were terrific, it was a great response from us, and the crowd were terrific as well.

"They really stuck with us and they matched the effort of the players. 

"Even in our two recent defeats, I cannot fault the players' effort and desire to try and get back into the match.

"We have to stick with that and keep that belief because we can create chances."

Loan winger Dylan Connolly - one of two transfer deadline day captures earlier this week - was given his first start in City colours against Northampton.

Fellow wideman Zeli Ismail came off the bench and impressed in his maiden league outing, although the ex-Walsall player will miss a reunion with his former side next weekend following a late sending off.

Bowyer added: "Dylan is only going to get better with minutes, but we have a few players like that within the squad at the moment.

"We will have to give them a bit of time to get some minutes into them, but they will only get better and stronger.

"I was delighted with Zeli. We know what he can do - that is why we brought him to the football club.

"He is a player who will get fans up on their feet. It is just a disappointment that he will miss next Saturday (vs Walsall) after collecting a second yellow card.

"There is competition in the dressing room now, though, and it is good to have a headache like this.

"Players know they have to perform. We've made some changes today and left some people out of the squad today, and that is tough, but that is part of the job and it is how people react now."

 


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