Date: 12th November 2017 at 7:55am
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Bradford paid the penalty; quite literally, as a missed spot kick proved costly as bottom side Plymouth left Valley Parade with a 1-0 win.

Having dominated, City went behind late in the first half when Lionel Ainsworth’s cross was turned home by Jake Jervis.

Plymouth’s on-loan Norwich goalkeeper Remi Matthews frustrated City several times, in the first half alone, denying Paul Taylor twice, but when he was beaten in the second half Jake Reeves’ 20 yard strike hit the crossbar.

A foul on Romain Vincelot 12 minutes from time saw City awarded a penalty but once again Matthews thwarted the Bantams when he saved Tony Mahon’s spot kick to secure Plymouth the points and take them off the bottom of League One.

McCall admitted City hadn’t been up to it in some areas in the first half but felt we’d done more than enough in the game to get something from it in the end.

‘Our final pass wasn’t good enough in the first half. We crossed the ball behind two or three times. We were knocking on the door. But the worst thing you do is lose a goal – and that gives them more chance to sit in even deeper and defend,’ he was quoted by the Yorkshire Post post-match.

Adding: ‘I’m not knocking them for that. They’ve fought really well. But second half we were on the front foot and did more than enough to get something.’

The boss thought the opening goal would always prove crucial and so it did with defeat suffered despite the fact McCall believes City played better in this game than we had in wins over Portsmouth and Rotherham.

McCall concluded: ‘We’ve played better today second half than we did at Portsmouth and at home to Rotherham when we won both the games. It was one of those types of games. If we’d got the first goal, it could have been totally different.’

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