Content with a seventh game unbeaten
Date published: 02 December 2013
AS ATHLETIC’S unbeaten run rolled on to seven matches, manager Lee Johnson professed satisfaction at a point from an entertaining home clash with Bradford.
The assembled crowd of 7,180 witnessed an enthralling, end-to-end opening half that ended even.
It stayed that way through a cagey second period, leaving Johnson contemplating a one-place jump up the table to 14th ahead of a pair of important knock-out ties against Mansfield and Chesterfield.
Against a side from West Yorkshire not in the finest of form but with possibly the division’s best front two in James Hanson and Nahki Wells, Johnson was happy that his men looked solid in quelling the danger they posed.
At the same time he wished Athletic could have troubled Bantams ’keeper Jon McLaughlin more.
“To a man they were very good,” he added. “The concentration between James Tarkowski and Jonathan Grounds was very good and important and Ellis Plummer, on his league debut, had a good game. I had to take him off as he might have been sent off.
“The two midfielders in the middle (James Wesolowski and Korey Smith) were excellent all game, Mike Petrasso did well when he came on and the boys up front worked their socks off.
“It was a good game all round. We played some excellent football. Maybe we didn’t make enough chances for all the play we had, but we certainly dominated, demoralised and snuffed them out in the second half.”
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