Manager Mark Yates praised Cheltenham's character and spirit after watching his side come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Bradford.

James O'Brien's goal gave the hosts the half-time lead but Town seized the initiative after the break and were awarded a penalty after 53 minutes when defender Steve Williams fouled Justin Richards - and he picked himself up to convert the spot kick.

Former Cheltenham player Yates, who took over as manager just over a week ago and saw his side win at Dagenham in his first match in charge, said: "Bradford is a really tough place to come and we were depleted with a couple of players out of action, but our players were very good. The commitment was there."

He added: "The pitch was not conducive to good football, but we tried and started the game really well. We gave away a soft goal, but we showed great character in the second half.

"The mistake we made for the Bradford goal could have cost us, but we showed great spirit to come back and share the points. It's difficult against a decent team supported by a big crowd."

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