ALEX IS UP WITH THE JONESES
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.”
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