Cole ends Ban­tams’ wait at Old­ham

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man

PHIL Parkin­son cred­ited men­tal strength for Brad­ford’s first win at Old­ham in 18 years – though the Ban­tams boss ad­mits it could have been more com­fort­able.

De­vante Cole col­lected Billy Knott’s pre­cise through ball to score the win­ner from an acute an­gle af­ter Reece Burke had popped up to put the Ban­tams in front mid­way through the first-half.

The visi­tors were helped by Jonathan Forte’s send­ing off when he feigned a head butt in front of ref­eree Mark Hey­wood.

But Brad­ford had to weather a late Lat­ics storm af­ter Joe Mills pulled one back for Dar­ren Kelly’s men in a nervy fin­ish.

“I thought we played ter­if­i­cally well,” Parkin­son said.“We con­trolled the game for long pe­ri­ods and we should prob­a­bly have scored four or five.

“We should have had the game dead and buried be­fore Old­ham scored a late goal, but they had to throw cau­tion to the wind at that point hav­ing been put down to ten men.

“We haven’t won here since 1997 and the rea­son for that is to win here re­quires a cer­tain men­tal­ity, but we were pos­i­tive in our play and we closed peo­ple down. Some of our football was fan­tas­tic and we never let any com­pla­cency into our play.”

Josh Mor­ris’ early free­kick was clawed around the post by Old­ham goal­keeper Joel Coleman, but the Ban­tams fared bet­ter in the 21st minute when Mark Mar­shall steered the ball to Burke who found the bot­tom cor­ner from 12 yards out.

Forte made Old­ham’s af­ter­noon more dif­fi­cult when he saw red for vi­o­lent con­duct 33 min­utes in and Brad­ford sensed a sec­ond goal when Knott’s 25-yard strike shaved the post soon af­ter.

James Han­son saw two head­ers saved from close range by Coleman just be­fore half-time.

City’s Ben Wil­liams was also in ac­tion when he saved Mark Yeates’ goal­bound free-kick on the hour. How­ever, Knott’s in­ci­sive through ball saw Cole pro­vide a clin­i­cal fin­ish and dou­ble Brad­ford’s lead a few min­utes later.

Coleman got fin­ger­tips to a low Mor­ris strike as the visi­tors pushed for a third goal on 76 min­utes, but Mills did set up a tense fi­nale when he headed home from Yeates’ cross nine min­utes from time.

Old­ham boss Dar­ren Kelly said: “We have lost three points.You have to be win­ning your home games and it is dif­fi­cult to swal­low.

“When you go down to ten men it is al­ways dif­fi­cult and you have to ad­just to play the ma­jor­ity of the game with ten play­ers.

“We have to start games bet­ter and be on the front foot from the first whis­tle.

“We need to re­flect on this in terms of what we do and what we want to achieve. There were times when we looked a threat, but the only thing that mat­ters is the re­sult.”



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