Bradford City under-performed against Harrogate Town, admits Stuart McCall

DISAPPOINTED Bradford City manager Stuart McCall admitted that his side deserved nothing from this evening's derby encounter with Harrogate Town - and says that the better side won
Stuart McCall.Stuart McCall.
Stuart McCall.

Harrogate's first league visit to Valley Parade proved a memorable one with a goal in the 74th minute from Lloyd Kerry seeing the visitors take three points and continue their remarkable story in 2020.

McCall, who felt that his players under-performed collectively, said: "I thought the best team won. They were better than us and started better than us in the first ten or 15 minutes. I don't know why; we talked about starting with a high tempo.

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"We were beaten by a good side and take nothing away from Harrogate, I thought they were excellent. But that does not take away from the disappointment we had.

"We had too many under-performers, Having said that, we still had opportunities and if we'd taken them, we could have been in the game. But it was a bad night in a lot of areas, to be honest.

"The slow start was disappointing and I thought they won a lot more second balls than ourselves in the middle of the park and those two lads did well. We went with a diamond to get a little bit of play in that area, but didn't really capitalise on that.

"Fair play to Harrogate. They worked every so hard to stop us and their wide men went narrow and they stopped us playing out from the back.

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"There was some poor decision making in the first half. We crossed from some poor areas in the first half and never got Woody (Connor Wood) forward where we wanted him and normally see Woody down the dead-ball line to put the ball in and Tyler (French) was the same.

"All in all, it was a disappointing result and performance."