ALEX IS UP WITH THE JONE­SES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Steven Chicken

BRAD­FORD boss Stu­art McCall is now hop­ing to see one point turn into three more reg­u­larly at Val­ley Pa­rade af­ter Alex Jones’ goal ground out a win over Peter­bor­ough.

The Ban­tams have gone over a year un­beaten at home, but too many of those re­cent games ended as draws, leav­ing City five points adrift of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

McCall said: “A win’s a win for us be­cause we’ve we’ve drawn six out of the last seven at home, so to get that mon­key off our back is huge. “There are plenty of ways to win: you can be lucky, you can be dom­i­nant, or you can just be gritty, and I thought that’s what we were.

“It was a team ef­fort and we needed it. We knew it was go­ing to be an­other tough game but we got what we wanted.

“If we ap­ply our­selves like we’ve done again here, I’ve no wor­ries about this group be­cause they’re a ter­rific team to each other.”

There was con­fu­sion over who scored Brad­ford’s 24th-minute goal. Mark Mar­shall forced a stop out of Luke McGee with a low drive, and the re­bound came back off Jones, off the post and over the line.

The lines­man promptly in­di­cated the ball had crossed, but both Char­lie Wyke and James Mered­ith put it in again any­way to make sure.

McCall said: “The of­fi­cials clar­i­fied it was num­ber 19, which is Jonesy. I think the goal was a bit like the first half: a bit scrappy.”

Peter­bor­ough had chances to equalise ei­ther side of the break, but Mar­cus Mad­di­son’s low free­kick ul­ti­mately hit the side-net­ting.

Tom Ni­chols’ op­por­tu­nity came on 48 min­utes af­ter City goal­keeper Colin Doyle slipped with Craig Mack­ail-Smith head­ing to­wards goal, but Ni­chols hit a rushed shot straight at Rory McAr­dle and the chance was lost.

Brad­ford never looked in trou­ble from there and in fact should have ex­tended their lead, with both Wyke and sub­sti­tute Ti­mothy Dieng shoot­ing over the bar at the end of nice moves.

Peter­bor­ough now have lit­tle chance of reach­ing the play-offs af­ter just four wins in their last 15 games, but boss Grant McCann holds out hope.

He said: “We’ve been dis­ap­point­ing from Jan­uary on­wards, there’s no two ways about it, but we have to make sure we keep learn­ing from it. “We want to try and fin­ish the sea­son strong and that will never change. “Yes, we’re all dis­ap­pointed with this re­sult but we need to fin­ish strong. “Every­body’s wrote us off, that’s a fact. ‘There’s ab­so­lutely no chance in hell we’re go­ing to make the play-offs now’, that’s what every­one’s say­ing from the out­side look­ing in. “We’ve got to re­main pos­i­tive, ac­cu­mu­late as many wins as we can, and just keep pick­ing them up game by game.”

Me­dia Im­age

MAC AT­TACK: Brad­ford City de­fender An­thony McMa­hon fires at goal IN­SET: Char­lie Wyke cel­e­brates af­ter open­ing the scor­ingPICTURES:

SLIDE: Michael Bost­wick tack­les Jordy Hi­wula

STAR MAN ALEX GILLIEAD Brad­ford

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