CITY showed they were up for the fight in today’s 1-1 draw at Grimsby, according to boss Gary Bowyer.

James Hanson’s equaliser, which deflected in off Adam Henley, cancelled out James Vaughan’s header for the Bantams.

But Bowyer felt his side stood up to the physical test of their direct opponents in very windy conditions at Blundell Park.

“It’s a pleasing point because I’ve learned a lot about the group,” he said.

“We knew we’d get tested with what we’d come up against.

“We also had to contend with the conditions, and that’s not an excuse, but I thought we stood up to the challenge Grimsby threw at us.

“You saw the way they wanted to play. The ball goes out of play and it gets thrown in your box, free-kicks get put in there and we had to deal with it.

“We’ve got some good footballers in there. The pleasing bit for me is that they’ve shown they can stand up to the fight as well.

“That will hold us in good stead. There will be times when we come away from home and have to do that.

“They aren’t going to allow us to play how we want and we’ve got to come up with solutions.”