Bradford City caretaker manager Greg Abbott has admitted that he was pleased to see his side end a six-match losing run by recording a 2-2 draw with Bury at the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade.
The Bantams twice took the lead against a plucky Bury outfit but were left to rue an injury time equaliser as The Shakers grabbed a share of the spoils.
Speaking to The72 after the match, Bradford City’s caretaker boss Abbott admitted that while the result was not what his side wanted, the squad are determined to put things right.
“The masterplan just didn’t quite work for long enough” Abbott joked in the post-match press conference.
“The response and the actions in the dressing room afterwards tells me that the group are alright, they want to get the thing (push for promotion) back on track.
“I’m half-pleased but three-quarters disappointed.
“It’s 2-2 but down to 10-men, maybe the moral victory goes to our lads?”
Opponents Bury arrived in West Yorkshire bang in form after collecting seven points from an available nine in their last three matches and Abbott believes that his side should be proud with their performance against The Shakers.
When speaking about Bury Abbott said “They’re really underachieving.
“They’ve got such a good squad of players, the wingers are very good. Danny Mayor is a top player, Harry Bunn is showing the type of form which almost made him unbuyable at this level a couple of years ago and George Miller’s going to be a lop player.
“Bury were very, very good on Tuesday (against AFC Wimbledon) so it was never going to be easy.
`”I’m not overjoyed, the club are not overjoyed and the players are not overjoyed but we’ve stopped that rot and it’s a slim consolation to get a point.”
The Bantams looked to have won the match when substitute Shay McCartan bagged an 89th-minute goal to give Abbott’s side the lead before Bradford City conceded a late, late leveller the other end. City’s caretaker boss was full of praise for the goalscorer’s performance after coming off the bench in the second half.
“We were trying to get Dom’s (Poleon) pace up against their centre-halves all game” stated Abbott.
“Shay was persistant and I’m delighted for him.
“Dom’s got a bit more pace, it was a toss of a coin between them for who started the match.
“He’s benefitted from the running which Dom’s done because Dom’s worked hard today.”
Bradford City fans paid tribute to former manager Stuart McCall throughout the match and Abbott went on to give his views on the matter at the end of a turbulent week for the club.
“He (McCall) goes down as the most popular person to ever represent the football club” Abbott added.
“These fans are honest and they’ve got their opinions. They were fantastic and really came to the party.”