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Tomlin: We had the chances to win it

30 March 2013

Striker felt if Blues had made it 3-1 when they had the chances it would have been game over

Gavin Tomlin felt Blues had the chances to put the game to bed as they drew 2-2 with Bradford at Valley Parade on Good Friday.

Blues had raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Tomlin and strike partner Britt Assombalonga, but Bradford hit back in the second-half with goals from Zavon Hines and James Hanson.

The draw left Tomlin to rue ‘two or three’ good chances that Blues had with the score at 2-1 that he felt would’ve put the game to bed.

Tomlin said: “It was a perfect start really because we had a game plan and we worked it well to give ourselves a two-nil lead.

“We said at half-time they would come out in the second-half and really go for it so we knew what we were going to be coming up against.

“They got their first goal quite early which was disappointing but then at 2-1 we had two or three chances that probably would have won us the game if they had gone in.

“We knew we could play on the counter in the second-half and that’s exactly what we did and it almost worked.

“Tamika hit the post with probably our best chance and if that goes in, it’s probably game over as the crowd would be silenced again.

“The crowd played a big part and helped get them that equaliser, but we’re disappointed that we couldn’t hold on for the three points.”

Gavin was pleased though to have come through without injury in his first start since the 1-0 away win at Chesterfield.

He was also happy to be back playing alongside Assombalonga in attack.

He added: “Yeah for me personally it was good to come through 90 minutes and score a goal, it actually came off my knee.

“Both Britt and I have suffered from injuries at different stages of the season so it was good to be back alongside him and for both of us to score.

“Hopefully we can continue that in the next game against Fleetwood on Monday which we know will be tough.”

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