Ban­tams’ un­likely lads help out McCall

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

STU­ART McCall was a re­lieved man as Brad­ford’s play-off push con­tin­ued with a hard­fought win at Old­ham.

Cen­tre-back pair Ro­main Vincelot and Rory McAr­dle were on tar­get ether side of an ex­tra­or­di­nary goal from Old­ham’s Brian Wil­son, who saw a weak shot some­how bob­ble over the dive of goal­keeper Colin Doyle.

It was a fourth win in six games in all com­pe­ti­tions for McCall’s side, who re­main fifth.

“On a dif­fi­cult pitch, I thought we played some re­ally good stuff,” said McCall.

“We would have been talk­ing about a frus­trat­ing day if we hadn’t got three points, but we knew it was a case of find­ing a way.

“It was a cruel blow to con­cede just be­fore half­time. We knew the pitch was bumpy, but you don’t ex­pect the ball to bob­ble over the keeper.

“We came back strong and fought re­ally well. We got our­selves in a lot of good po­si­tions and you could sense it was com­ing.

“Old­ham are hard to play against, but it’s a de­served and much­needed win.”

Brad­ford started strongly and Tony McMa­hon forced a near­post save from home keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley.

Vincelot glanced home Josh Cullen’s cross for the lead, be­fore right-back Wil­son em­barked on an ad­ven­tur­ous run to­wards the box. Though his left-foot shot was weak, it some­how bounced over Doyle – much to the dis­be­lief of just about ev­ery­one in the ground.

Brad­ford upped the tempo af­ter the break. Jordy Hi­wula brought an­other good stop from Ri­p­ley when he burst through and Cullen also ex­tended the stop­per, be­fore Ryan McLaugh­lin was a whisker away at the other end.

Ol­lie Banks cleared a McAr­dle header off the line but the Brad­ford man made sure on 76 min­utes, forc­ing home Vincelot’s header af­ter Billy Clarke’s free-kick caused is­sues.

Doyle pro­duced a save from Billy Mck­ayas he spun and shot from near the penalty spot, but the Ban­tams were good value for the win. “You can see why Brad­ford are up there and it was a dif­fi­cult game for us,” said Old­ham man­ager John Sheri­dan. “The dis­ap­point­ing thing was the two goals we con­ceded.

“We worked hard to stop them play­ing through us but we let in two goals from set plays.

“The lads worked their socks off. I can’t fault their ef­fort. I just didn’t think we re­ally got go­ing and it was a dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon.

“I told the play­ers not to beat them­selves up too much. Some­times you have to ac­cept that the bet­ter side won.”

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