York still alive and kicking at the bottom
NORTHAMPTON 0 YORK CITY ........2
we’ve won at Northampton, who have the best home record in the league.
“Northampton is a very hard place to come with their home record, we knew we had to perform and the players did just that. Northampton’s home form has been exceptional and we knew we had to work hard and play when we could.”
That home form has propelled Northampton into the upper reaches of the table but the loss to York has left them five points off third place with games running out.
Manager Aidy Boothroyd didn’t feel his players were affected by the occasion - the 6,600-plus crowd was the biggest at Sixfields this season - and said:“The run was always going to come to an end but I’d rather it had come to an end in six months’ time rather than now.
“York dealt with the occasion better than we did. The pressure was on us to get a result and we didn’t get it but we dealt with it last season when we were in a relegation fight and we’ll deal with it this year when we’re in a promotion fight.
“I honestly don’t think the crowd affected us. It’s brilliant to play in front of big crowds and you want to win because you want all those people to come back.”
The prolific Nahki Wells grabbed the opener but Tendayi Darikwa levelled with 20 minutes to go, only for Ricky Ravenhill to put the Bantams back ahead.
But Togwell scrambled home late on to leave Bradford in seventh but just a point above Exeter with Chesterfield four further adrift.
“Realistically our season was over if we’d lost that game,” Crossley admitted.
“I think if we win our last three games that will be enough to take us into the play-offs; Bradford have got a tough run-in and we’ve still got to play Exeter who are in the mix, but it was vital we got that goal right at the end.
“It was a great game with both sets of fans in fine form, but that late equaliser was no less than we deserved.”
The Spireites, who themselves are embarking on a late bid to make the League Two play-offs, almost took the lead early on when Drew Talbot’s thumping header had to be cleared in desperation by the Bradford captain Gary Jones.
But, it was the visitors who grabbed the first goal of the afternoon, and it was Wells with his 22nd goal of the season; the Bermudan taking the ball in the air and finishing with aplomb to put Bradford in front.
Wells was at it again as the second half began in similar fashion, a fine block from the Chesterfield defence denying the Bermudan a second of the afternoon. Then, with 20 minutes left on the clock, Darikwa grabbed the leveller, the winger poking in from close range to level the game up.
As the game entered the final ten minutes Bradford were adamant they should have received a penalty after Neal Trotman appeared to handle, but that mattered little as from the resulting corner, Ravenhill slid home his first of the season to fire Bradford back in front, before Togwell’s scrambled goal.
Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was pleased that his side remain in the box seat for seventh, but couldn’t hide his frustration at referee
ON TARGET: Bradford midfielder Ricky Ravenhill restores the visitors’ lead GARY JONES ON THE MARCH: Tendayi Darikwa takes off after his goal
IMPRESSIVE: York’s Matty Blair