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Ryan: It was a hard earned point at Highbury

12 September 2015

The Cod Army went ahead after four minutes

A hard earned point is how Jimmy Ryan described Town’s draw against Bradford City at Highbury this afternoon.

The Cod Army went ahead early on when Ryan’s free kick caught the wind and looped over City keeper Ben Williams.

However despite a bright start, the visitors equalised when Josh Morris crossed for James Hanson in the box who volleyed home from close range.

City thought they had won the game in the dying moments when a free kick went past Chris Maxwell, but the linesman had waved his flag for offside.

Ryan said: “It was battle today but it always is against Bradford as they’ve got some big lads. They’re pretty direct so you know what to expect.

“I thought the lads stood up to the battle well today, and I think a few of the Bradford lads will be coming out with ice packs too.

“Jamma and I are both claiming it but I don’t actually know who’s got it! It was just one of them lucky goals really.

“To be fair I didn’t realise it was that windy so I’ve just clipped it in towards the back stick and as soon as it went in the air the wind just absolutely took it.

“It surprised me as much as it did the keeper so I don’t think there’s much blame there, and the wind just took it at the last minute.

“We played well in the first half and the lads put the ball in some dangerous areas. Our two lads up front battered their back four at times.

“We could have had a few more goals to be honest but the longer the game goes on they become more of a threat with the way they put the ball forward.

“In the second half we did well to dig in as they threw bodies into the box. I thought we had chances again though.

“Bobby came on and did well as a substitute, Jamma had a few chances and we could have taken the win in the end.

“On paper you think two draws from our last two games is not the greatest, but if you’re at the games you see how difficult they’ve been.

“Today it was a battle and the lads have dug in. We could have taken six points from our last two but it’s just them fine differences that we haven’t."

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