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O’CONNOR PRAISES TEN-MAN BANTAMS’ DISPLAY

12 December 2021

Paudie O’Connor lauded ten-man City’s resilient performance, following their 2-2 draw with Sutton United in Sky Bet League Two.

Despite the man’s disadvantage, Derek Adams’ side battled back twice to earn a point at the Utilita Energy Stadium – in a game where O’Connor made his 100th start for the club.

The defender was full of praise for the way his team performed in difficult circumstances and believes they created enough opportunities to earn all three points.

He said: “It was a battle out there. We started well, and had them on the back foot, but then, of course, the sending off and penalty happened.

“We went a goal down but got ourselves back in the game with a decent set-piece.

“It was a similar story in the second half. We were well in the game and they got a soft enough goal, but we showed good character to come back and get a draw.

“We had enough chances to on and win the game as well.

“The lads left everything out on the pitch, and we were unlucky not to come away with the victory.”

O’Connor discussed his delight at making his 100th start for the Bantams.

This was also the Irishman’s 61st-consecutive start for City in the league, and he was proud to have captained the side following Niall Canavan's sending off.

He added: “It was a nice one to tick off the list.

“I am not too big on the stats, but when I am out there playing every week and giving my best for the team, it is always nice.

“There needed to be a lot of leaders out there, with the way the game went, and all of the lads showed it.

“Hopefully, in the next game, we can build on the togetherness and how much we battled for each other - and get the three points that we need.”


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