Mark Hughes admitted his side was frustrated by Doncaster Rovers’ gameplan, as City's opening game of the Sky Bet League Two campaign ended in a 0-0 draw at the University of Bradford Stadium.
Despite the Bantams piling pressure on the South Yorkshire outfit and having 12 shots on Johnny Mitchell’s goal, they proved unable to clinch a winner against the 10 men.
Hughes felt Doncaster’s tactics and execution allowed them to escape Valley Parade with a point, nullifying his team's threats.
He said: “Unfortunately, the injury to Manny Osadebe and the red card played straight into Doncaster’s hands.
“I think they came in with a gameplan to frustrate us and slow everything down. Even before the injury and the sending off, that was their intention.
“They got a sending off which allowed them to revert to type and put everyone behind the ball. It was difficult. We practice that in training, breaking down defences, but it is hard when they have got all their players behind the ball.
“I thought we showed great character to recover from the early setback. It is the players' responsibility to carry on doing their jobs, and we managed to get a point on the board.”
The draw also marked another record fourth-tier attendance at the University of Bradford Stadium with a total of 19,368 packed in, in what was the club's highest home turnout since October 2018.
The home fans were in full voice throughout the encounter, and Hughes was full of praise for the Bantams’ supporters.
He added: “I made sure I watched the reception before I walked out. It does not matter what level you are at, that was impressive.
“Once again, the fans came out in their numbers and we will give them more to cheer about next time, for sure.
“We will always appreciate the support, we will never take that granted.”
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