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Alexander: Bradford will know they've been in a game

12 September 2015

Manager praised team's attitude throughout the game

Graham Alexander praised his team's attitude as they played out an entertaining draw against Bradford City this afternoon.

Fleetwood were ahead early on when midfielder Jimmy Ryan caught out keeper Ben Williams with a lofted free kick.

City replied through James Hanson midway through the half when he connected with Josh Morris' cross to volley home.

With chances at both ends in the second period, neither side could find a winner although the Bantams had the ball in the net late on only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.

After the game, Alexander said: "It was a good point for us in the end and I thought it was a typical old-fashioned English league game.

"There was loads of tackles and loads of challenges. Both teams competed extremely hard and a draw was a fair result.

"Bradford will know they've been in a game today and that's what I've just said to the players. That's how hard a point is to earn at any level.

"You have to come off with bumps and bruises and I'm sure that's what the Bradford players will be feeling.

"It was an end to end game full of competitive stuff. It was great to see our players compete at that level.

"It was a different game to the ones we've played recently, but was one which we stood up to well.

"I thought it was Jamma's goal at first but the fourth official had already told me it had gone over the line from Jimmy. We'll let them sort out who scored.

"It was a great start for us and I thought we looked in control even after they scored.

"Their goal came from a loss of possession which was disappointing but up until that point we'd played the game we wanted to.

"The players were superb because sometimes you can feel sorry for yourself when you give a goal away.

"We didn't and we continued for the next hour or so competing at a great level."

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