Bradford boss Phil Parkinson was pleased with character of his side in their 2-0 loss to League One title-chasers Wolves.
Goals either side of half-time from Kevin McDonald and Nouha Dicko earned Wanderers a fourth successive win to keep their bid to make an instant return to the Championship on track.
McDonald's second goal in two games in first-half injury-time and a second strike in three matches for Dicko after 57 minutes following his £300,000 move from Wigan sealed the points against a Bradford side who had to play for more than an hour with 10 men after the dismissal of Doyle.
Bradford were reduced to 10 men when Nathan Doyle collected his second yellow card in the space of eight minutes after a foul on McDonald.
Parkinson said: "I thought that the first booking, the ref could probably have managed that situation a bit better in all honesty. But I felt the second one was a rash challenge by Nathan. He is an experienced player and should have known better.
"Wolves are a very good team and to be 10 against 11 for so long was a massive ask of our team.
"But I just felt that if we got to half-time 0-0 you could just sense that the crowd was getting a bit frustrated. We had hit the bar ourselves and it could have been a different story.
"That goal on the stroke of half-time was a crushing blow for morale.
"But in the second-half we stuck to our jobs and I don't think you could fault the effort of the players.
"We just needed one of those chances that hit the bar and the post to go in because if they had we could have opened up and had a real go at them towards the end of the game.
"At 2-0 there were a lot of tired legs out there and it was important that we didn't go and get beat 3-0 or 4-0 because that can knock confidence if it does happen.
"But I could not have asked for any more from the players I thought they were outstanding.
"Some of the blocks and last ditch challenges were absolutely superb."