Wednesday 22 October 2014 11:24, UK
Steve Cotterill was disappointed with his side following a 2-2 draw with Bradford, despite extending their unbeaten run to 14 games.The gloss was taken off of the evening for the Robins manager by Christopher Routis' late equaliser as Bradford twice came from behind with set-piece goals to earn the stalemate on their record-breaking night. Cotterill said: "I'm glad for the lads that they have broken the record because it will stay with them - at least until next season! "But I am disappointed. We work hard on set-pieces, yet have conceded twice from them by making mistakes we hadn't made in previous games. Bradford came for a point and got one. "I was happier with our second-half performance and give the lads credit for trying to win the game right up to the 94th minute. That is how we like to go about things. "We couldn't get the tempo of our game going in the first half because Bradford kept slowing things down, but fair play to them for that. "A win would have given us an eight-point cushion at the top of the table, rather than six, which I would have liked. But I prefer to have points in the bag and the chasing clubs have to win three to overtake us." Routis volleyed in off the crossbar after substitute James Hanson had headed down a Filipe Morais corner. The goal came three minutes after Aden Flint had grabbed his second of the game for the hosts, firing in from close range following a Luke Freeman corner, which was spilled under pressure by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Flint had headed the home side in front on eight minutes, rising unmarked to power home Freeman's free-kick from the right. Bradford's first equaliser also came from a free-kick, Billy Clarke's glancing header at the near post from Mark Yeates' 20th-minute cross taking a deflection past Frank Fielding. Bradford boss Phil Parkinson disagreed with Cotterill's assessment that his team were set up to take a point: "We came to win because we felt we would get nothing from sitting back," he said. "If anything we created the better chances and could have nicked all three points. The lads showed great character in twice bouncing back against a very good side. "We lost centre-back Andrew Davies in the first half. He has a problem with a nerve in a calf muscle and we need to sort that out. "We felt our goalkeeper was fouled for the second Bristol City goal. But the players deserve great credit for overcoming that setback and emerging with something from what was always going to be a very tough game."