De­pleted Glovers grab the points

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Dunlavy

back for Leitch-Smith to slap a beau­ti­ful 18-yarder into the top cor­ner.

Brad­ford had a go at chuck­ing the kitchen sink, but looked dead on their feet long be­fore the end.

“We just didn’t have any en­ergy or spark in our play,” he said. “Our decision-mak­ing on the ball was a bit pon­der­ous and they were bet­ter in both boxes. That was a shame be­cause we’ve had a ter­rific start to the sea­son.

“With the run we’ve had, it just looked like a game too far. I know peo­ple will say that’s an ex­cuse but it did look that way. Even the play­ers we rested on Tues­day lacked a sharp­ness in their game.”

ATRAU­MATIC week for Yeovil ended in the best pos­si­ble fash­ion with a classy vic­tory over Brad­ford.

Ac­cord­ing to Glovers’ as­sis­tant Terry Skiver­ton, boss Gary John­son was left “dis­ap­pointed and angry” after chair­man John Fry failed to land a trio of Premier League loan sign­ings on dead­line day.

And ru­mours that the for­mer Bris­tol City man­ager could be set to leave his post were fu­elled after he turned up late to Tues­day’s 3-1 JPT de­feat to Portsmouth.

But after see­ing his side dis­man­tle Brad­ford – who be­gan the day fifth in League One – John­son in­sisted the is­sue has been blown out of pro­por­tion.

“We had a squab­ble,” ad­mit­ted John­son, who could name only six fit play­ers on the bench.

“But no­body has fallen out. It’s not per­sonal, it’s business.

“What it boiled down to was a com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lem on the most im­por­tant day of the sea­son. The board ex­plained to me why that hap­pened, and I ac­cepted that.

“The chair­man has trusted me over the years and I trust him. There’s no prob­lem in that re­spect. But some­times we have things we need to work out.

“It’s be­hind us in the sense that no­body is go­ing to be any less pas­sion­ate about the foot­ball club, es­pe­cially me. But we need a dis­cus­sion about what we do from here.

“A pro­mo­tion-win­ning side isn’t built in Septem­ber. When we went up last time, about five of those play­ers came in Jan­uary. We need to keep on top of things, keep that mo­men­tum.

“Ev­ery­one is wor­ried about fi­nan­cial fair play but you also need to think a bit big­ger some­times. That’s where I need him to trust me.”

When it comes to trust, Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son is go­ing to have a tough time putting any in his cen­tre-backs after a poor first half.

Just seven min­utes had elapsed when Sam Fo­ley’s cor­ner was met by Aaron Martin, the big cen­tre­back ris­ing miles above a static home rear­guard to thump a header in off the bar.

And a quar­ter of an hour later, the duo com­bined with equally em­phatic re­sults, Fo­ley’s deep free- kick hit­ting a com­bi­na­tion of Martin and Brad­ford’s de­fend­ers on its way into the bot­tom cor­ner.

“We’ve been telling Aaron to stop just go­ing up there and giv­ing op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers a cud­dle,” joked John­son. “It looks like he got the mes­sage.”

Not to be out­done, the Glovers showed they knew how to give cheap goals away too. Their de­fend­ers watched help­lessly as the un­marked Rory McArdle thun­dered Billy Clarke’s cor­ner past Chris Weale, and again as James Han­son glanced wide.

In fair­ness, Yeovil did not look a side seek­ing only a sec­ond win in seven games. Fast and fluid on the break, the away side cre­ated a string of chances, with Ajay Leitch-Smith twice test­ing Jor­dan Pick­ford and full-back Nathan Smith gal­lop­ing for­ward to send a pow­er­ful drive inches wide.

If the first half had hinted at their su­pe­ri­or­ity, the sec­ond con­firmed it. And if John­son was up­set by his dead­line day duds, he must be de­lighted with one sign­ing that did come off. Jack Price, a loan sign­ing from Wolves, was tremen­dous in the cen­tre, his en­ergy and move­ment ex­ploit­ing ev­ery gap in a shape­less Brad­ford mid­field.

And the 21-year-old was the ar­chi­tect of the cru­cial third, skin­ning Stephen Darby be­fore pulling

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