COLKETT GETS MAIDEN GOAL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Laverty

CHAR­LIE COLKETT’S first se­nior goal de­nied Brad­ford City the three points at Val­ley Pa­rade, and while the Ban­tams are the only un­beaten team left in League One Stu­art McCall felt his side still de­served more against Bris­tol Rovers.

Af­ter the game was tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended dur­ing the sec­ond half due to a drone fly­ing over the sta­dium, James Mered­ith headed home for the hosts be­fore sub­sti­tute Colkett’s late goal made sure the points were shared.

De­spite his side dom­i­nat­ing large parts of the sec­ond half, McCall was frus­trated af­ter be­ing de­nied a first win in five matches, but pleased with the over­all per­for­mance.

“You can’t leg­is­late for a slip in our box that’s cost us a goal. I thought we were ter­rific at times in the sec­ond half and it was a joy to watch at times,” he said.

“We were so dom­i­nant and then their goal­keeper has pulled off a Gor­don Banks save right at the end, but you have to give Rovers credit for their per­for­mance. They came here and had a go at us.

“I’d be a lot more dis­ap­pointed with the draw if we hadn’t played like we did in the sec­ond half. The lads are just gut­ted that they haven’t man­aged to pick up the three points.”

Brad­ford went ahead shortly af­ter the game had been restarted once the drone had been cleared. Mark Mar­shall’s low shot de­flected up and Mered­ith found him­self with a free header at the back post.

How­ever, Colkett re­sponded soon af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced from the bench as El­lis Har­ri­son cap­i­talised on a slip from cap­tain Ro­main Vincelot and set up the Chelsea young­ster to smash home the equaliser.

Whilst good chances for the away side were few and far be­tween, bar Matty Tay­lor’s ef­fort that dropped just wide, Bris­tol Rovers man­ager Dar­rell Clarke was pleased with his side’s re­silience and re­served praise for goal­keeper Kelle Roos af­ter he de­nied debu­tant Haris Vuc­kic with a su­perb save in the 98th minute to earn his side a point.

“Kelle has pro­duced a fan­tas­tic save for us at the death and he’s been great ever since he ar­rived. His kick­ing’s been great, his han­dling’s been great, and it’s a point-sav­ing stop for us,” said Clarke, whose side sit 21st in the ta­ble.

“It took tremen­dous char­ac­ter from our play­ers to come back and take a point from the game.

“We were un­der siege a lit­tle bit in spells but in the fi­nal 15 min­utes it was re­ally end to end, they could have nicked it and we could have nicked it.”

Dis­cussing young­ster Colkett, Clarke added: “Char­lie’s come up with a great strike for us near the end, he’s made a mas­sive im­pact for us but we’re bed­ding him in slowly be­cause he’s only a baby in foot­balling terms.

“We’ll look af­ter him but if he keeps hav­ing that kind of im­pact he’s go­ing to be great for us.”

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