Cowley heaps praise on marksman Hopper

Brian Jeeves

Colchester United v Bradford City – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Reaction

Colchester United 1-1 Bradford City

Colchester United boss, Danny Cowley waxed lyrical about his hard-working frontman Tom Hopper following the U’s 1-1 draw with Bradford City at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Hopper capped a superb performance with a second-half goal, cancelling out Andy Cook’s opener for the Bantam’s.

“I’ve been a manager for somewhere getting on towards 1,000 games and as number nine performances go, it was up there for me,” Cowley enthused.

“I thought Tom was incredible.

“I thought the way he led the line…sometimes, he’s got three big, really strong, physical centre-halves and you could play into him, up to him and I also thought you could play beyond him into the space for him to run into.

“I thought he was relentless with his work ethic and very, very good with his quality.

“I was just so pleased for him; he’s been scoring in training all week and I had the feeling that he would score.

“I’m so pleased he did because it was a brilliant performance.”

On the overall display, the U’s boss added: “We take a point; we’re now two unbeaten and a run has to start from somewhere.

“We have two points and we have something to build on.

“I was pleased with all of the things that require no talent – the effort, the attitude, the fight, the willingness to put the body on the line and that always gives you a foundation to go from.

“In the first half, we didn’t show anywhere near enough courage in possession and this is something that we have to go away and keep working at.

“But in the second half, we did that and we looked a much better team.

“In the second half, our performance grew and the players have to take a lot of credit because it’s not easy when you haven’t played too well, in the first half.

“I just asked the boys, which half was the most enjoyable and they all said the second half.”


Brian Jeeves