Hopkin praises defensive grit after securing first Bradford City win

David Hopkin was beaming with joy after he finally tasted his first victory as Bradford City manager.

David Hopkin.

Hopkin’s side earned a slender but hard-fought 1-0 win away at AFC Wimbledon - their first league success since August 21.

After Jack Payne’s first-half penalty, City soaked up pressure from the hosts and defended stoutly.

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The resilience of his players was particularly pleasing for Hopkin.

“We asked for a physical, defensive effort and I challenged the players at half-time to hold and take home the three points,” he said.

“We worked very hard and closed the game down superbly against a team who are hard to beat at home.

“It was a great result.

“It’s something they’ve deserved over the last three or four weeks and we were magnificent to a man defensively.”

City will now hope to take the result and performance into Saturday’s visit of high-flying Sunderland.