McCall disappointed with cruel Scunthorpe defeat

Bradford City boss Stuart McCall believes his side deserved all three points as they fell 2-1 to Scunthorpe United at Valley Parade.

The home side dominated possession but could not break down a strong Scunthorpe rearguard after Hakeeb Adelakun’s second half free kick had nudged the Iron infront.

Paul Taylor had put the hosts ahead just before the break with a stunning long range strike, but Cameron Burgess bundled in an equaliser before the half time whistle to pull the visitors level.

And man of the moment Adelakun struck mid way through the second half to give Scunthorpe all three points.

“There is no doubt about it, this defeat is a harsh result for us,” McCall told the press.

“Apart from the first ten minutes or so, we’ve controlled long periods of the game against a side that is very difficult to play against.

“They are a big and physical side, but we’ve tried to play in the right way, get in positions to hurt them, and we’ve scored a terrific goal.

“We’ve then conceded a silly free-kick straight after, however, and not defended the set-piece properly – something which is hugely frustrated as we knew it would be their strongest chance to score.

“I can’t knock the lads’ efforts.

“They have tried everything to get back into the game but we’ve seen shots saved, shots blocked and crosses just flicked away.

“There is no getting away from the fact that it is another loss at home, but performance-wise the players have done everything we’ve asked of them”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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