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McCARTAN: ‘FIGHTING BANTAMS GOT REWARDS’

5 January 2020

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Goal-scorer Shay McCartan believes the Bantams were rewarded for their hard work and tenacity, following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Swindon Town.

City fought back from a goal down to salvage a point, thanks to McCartan’s 88th-minute free-kick.

The forward insists the nature of the result speaks volumes of the side’s attitude, and believes he and his team-mates were unlucky not to have left with more.

The Northern Irishman said: “We went in knowing we would be up against a good footballing side - who are top of the league.

“A draw is a great result and the manner of it says a lot about our character.

“We hung in there, carried on fighting and, in the end, got our rewards. We created a lot, particularly in the second half.

“I think we can class ourselves unlucky not to have won the game. We deserved at least a point, 100 per-cent.”

Having started the last two matches, McCartan was made to settle for an impact from the substitutes bench, at The Energy Check County Ground.

The 24-year-old admitted he enjoyed his sublime effort, before speaking of how the competition in the squad has become fiercer over recent weeks.

“It was a decent free-kick! Late goals are always nice to score, especially against teams as good as Swindon,” the former Accrington Stanley man added.

“The fact we are able to score late goals again shows the belief and character of the squad and also the depth we have.

“Aramide Oteh came off the bench and scored the winner against Morecambe and I had a similar affect at Swindon.

“The character we have is not a coincidence. It is something the gaffer has instilled in us from day one of pre-season.

“We are all in it together and want to give our all, every time we step on the pitch.”

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