Heaven as Alex fume

Ban­tams in sev­enth

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Coleman

STEVE DAVIS in­sisted a poor ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion went a long way to help­ing Brad­ford stretch their un­beaten run to seven games with vic­tory at Val­ley Pa­rade.

Brad­ford headed into the in­ter­val a goal to the good as Gary Lid­dle headed home on the stroke of half-time fol­low­ing a Tony McMa­hon free-kick that Davis felt shouldn’t have been awarded af­ter ref­eree Ge­off El­tring­ham ad­judged James Hanson had been fouled by Ge­orge Ray.

And just be­fore the hour mark Billy Clarke se­cured all three points for the home side, but it was the opener that had most an­noyed Davis.

“You can tell from the half-time re­ac­tion that I didn’t think the free-kick for the first goal was the right de­ci­sion,” he said.

“I don’t know what he gave it for, and only he will know that, and I thought those kind of chal­lenges were go­ing on all game, all over the pitch.

“I think we de­served to go in level at half-time and that there wasn’t a great deal in the first half, but that de­ci­sion changed the game.

“We went into half-time 1-0 down and it’s a dif­fer­ent talk and a dif­fer­ent speech to the boys, and I felt it was a very poor de­ci­sion.

“I don’t want to use it as an ex­cuse but those things are im­por­tant to us. When you’re bat­tling for points you have to be at your best and we would ex­pect a lit­tle more of the of­fi­cials.”

The Rail­way­men were thank­ful goal­keeper Ben Gar­ratt’s red card in the FA Cup had been re­scinded, as he pro­duced a string of fine first-half saves to deny Billy Knott and Kyel Reid and save bot­tom-of-the­league Crewe.

But Lid­dle did nod the Ban­tams ahead in first-half stop­page time, con­nect­ing with McMa­hon’s free-kick.

Clarke dou­bled the Ban­tams’ lead with his first goal since re­turn­ing from in­jury when on 58 min­utes his pace and trick­ery gave Jon Guthrie a tor­rid time, be­fore he calmly slot­ted home.

The clos­est the Rail­way­men came to scor­ing was on 65 min­utes when Brad In­man’s dip­ping shot struck the cross­bar.

“The lads showed some ex­cel­lent pa­tience in the way we passed the ball, and fi­nally we got our re­ward with Gary Lid­dle’s goal, and in the sec­ond half we got an­other which was the cush­ion we al­ways needed,” said Brad­ford boss Phil Parkin­son.

“We’re pleased with the run we’ve been on, with the strength of char­ac­ter and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism that we have shown.We just need to keep it go­ing. Pulling to­gether and work­ing hard is some­thing Brad­ford is all about.”

STAR MAN KYEL REID Brad­ford

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