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Hurst reacts to hard-earned point at Bradford

18 January 2020

Paul Hurst praised his side after coming back from 2-0 down to draw level 2-2 against Bradford City today.

Alex Gilliead and John McAtee scored to cap a fine team performance, as they bounced back from going behind to strikes from Hope Akpan and James Vaughan.

He told iFollow Iron: “I’m struggling to think of a better performance. That’s right up there. Coming to a team that’s in the play-offs with some good players and on a difficult surface, we passed the ball and that shows how we want to play.

“Especially after going 2-0 down, we could’ve easily got the white flag out and crumbled. We were the better team for 95 per cent of that game.”

He believed his side could have won the game, dominating the contest in large parts.

“We could’ve done quite easily. They hit the post and Rory [Watson] has had one very good save,” he explained.

“Other than that, we’ve had enough chances and pressure. We looked for that last bit of quality or even luck.”

The Iron manager expressed how pleased he was with his players, adding: "I’m very proud. We had a couple of younger players in there. That’s not to say that means the team is weak but you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get. Within the game you saw mainly positives.

“The reaction from our fans and the way they were appreciative of the players was as though we’d won the game. That suggests how well we’ve played.”

Hurst also praised the goalscorers, as McAtee netted his first career EFL goal against the West Yorkshire side.

“John McAtee scored a fantastic goal and did well for large parts of the game,” he said.

“We ended up with Alex Gilliead at right-back and I thought he was outstanding. His attitude is fantastic. He was asked to do something different and there was no pulling a face. He gets on with the job.”

He provided an injury update after Jordan Clarke was forced to withdraw early in the first-half.

The boss added: “It’s his calf. He’s not quite sure yet – that’s the reason we have scans – but it’s not looking good. It could be back end of the season before he’s fit again. He certainly won’t be fit for Tuesday or next Saturday.

“Kgosi [Ntlhe] is struggling. He’s struggling with tendonitis and had to come off. Rory McArdle was out today too; that’s his hamstring.”

Junior Brown’s loan spell at the club came to an end following the match, and Hurst said it 'probably' would be his final game for the Iron.

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