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The Railwaymen were thankful goalkeeper Ben Garratt’s red card in the FA Cup had been rescinded, as he produced a string of fine first-half saves to deny Billy Knott and Kyel Reid and save bottom-of-theleague Crewe.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