ALL WYKE ON THE NIGHT FOR BAN­TAMS

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

BRAD­FORD CITY left it late to turn it around at home to Swindon Town as Char­lie Wyke’s late dou­ble en­sured a much-needed three points for Stu­art McCall’s side.

Nicky Ajose’s strike with 15 min­utes to go put Brad­ford’s home un­beaten record in jeop­ardy, but Wyke’s header in the 85th minute fol­lowed by a tap-in dur­ing stop­page time saw the game turned on its head and left McCall de­lighted.

“The de­sire of the play­ers and the back­ing of the crowd was huge for us in get­ting a great result to­day so it’s happy days all round,” he said.

“We were de­flated by their goal but the crowd got us back up so a big thank you to them be­cause it helped us get what we de­served in the end.”

It looked like it was go­ing to be the same old story for the hosts. Brad­ford had drawn four of their pre­vi­ous five home matches and de­spite fac­ing a side deep in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, chances came and went, Rory McAr­dle guilty of head­ing over in­side the first minute.

Wyke hit the post from a header be­fore Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val was the next to send a headed ef­fort to­wards goal, the cen­tre-back de­nied by the re­called Lawrence Vigouroux. It was all set up for the sucker punch but it never looked like ar­riv­ing un­til Jonathan Obika played in Ajose and the striker sent his low ef­fort past Colin Doyle.

The chances still kept com­ing for City and Wyke went close to lev­el­ling with a glanc­ing header af­ter he had been picked out by Clarke’s cross, and then Jones volleyed into the ground to result in an easy claim for Vigouroux.

At the other end Colkett, who had played his part in Swindon’s goal, went close to dou­bling his side’s lead with a loop­ing header.

As the home crowd grew rest­less, Wyke fi­nally brought the Ban­tams back into it, head­ing home yet an­other cross into the box and set­ting up a grand­stand fi­nale.

Then as the game moved into stop­page time, Mark Mar­shall’s low ball in was scuffed by sub­sti­tute Alex Jones, which left Wyke all alone to smash home from all of two yards, send­ing Val­ley Pa­rade wild.

Wyke has scored six goals in ten matches since join­ing Brad­ford on Jan­uary trans­fer dead­line day in a £250,000 deal from Carlisle.

“Even if he hadn’t scored his all-round per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent, it was a real cen­tre-for­ward’s per­for­mance,” said McCall. “We went three up top to­day and got a lot of balls in the box to­wards Char­lie. It’s a big win for us and great for him.”

Swindon boss Luke Wil­liams was left to rue Swindon Town’s lack of match craft af­ter their fourth de­feat on the trot.

“The ef­fort was there but un­for­tu­nately the know-how is not,” said Wil­liams. “We only need to make the game a non-event for 15 min­utes. In re­al­ity, if you man­age it cor­rectly, the ball is prob­a­bly in play for seven min­utes of the 15. In­stead, we play stupid and naïve and it’s too big for us.”

PIC­TURES: Craig Zadoroznyi/ProS­ports

HAPPY DAYS: Brad­ford City’s Char­lie Wyke celebrates with Tony McMa­hon af­ter mak­ing it 2-1 STAR MAN CHAR­LIE WYKE Brad­ford

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