The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mikael McKen­zie

MARK Mar­shall learned a valu­able half-time les­son from his Brad­ford man­ager Stu­art McCall be­fore con­sol­i­dat­ing the Ban­tams’ play-off po­si­tion at Bury.

Mar­shall had not pulled the trig­ger in the first half when in a good po­si­tion, earn­ing a sharp word from his man­ager at the break.

That ap­peared to pay div­i­dends as he broke the dead­lock ten min­utes into the sec­ond half, with a 25-yard left-footed drive, be­fore Char­lie Wyke sealed it six min­utes from time.

The re­sult has a damn­ing ef­fect for the Shak­ers whose cush­ion above the drop zone has been slashed to a point but Brad­ford now need only seven points from four games for at least a play-off place.

“It was a tough game so a great one to win,” McCall said. “Although we didn’t work their keeper much in the first half, we got into ar­eas we wanted to.

“Mark Mar­shall had an op­por­tu­nity in the first half when he cut in­side and didn’t shoot but his left foot’s as good as his right.

“So I told him at half-time that when he gets an op­por­tu­nity on his left to have a go.

“The penny dropped with him in the sec­ond half. He’s dif­fi­cult for full-backs be­cause nor­mally you can send the winger one way and they’d only have one foot. But with Mark he’s got two good feet.

“He’s frus­trat­ing at times – that’s wingers for you – but it was a fan­tas­tic goal to get us up and run­ning.”

Alex Jones and Wyke wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties to give the vis­i­tors an early ad­van­tage.

And Shak­ers striker James Vaughan blasted wide when oneon-one on the stroke of half-time.

But there would be no mess­ing about af­ter the break as Mar­shall found the bot­tom cor­ner from dis­tance.

Mid­fielder Cal­lum Styles took aim from the edge of the box but he would not to be so lucky – Colin Doyle keep­ing the 17year-old at bay.

Bury keeper Joe Mur­phy made a num­ber of fine saves but he was beaten again six min­utes from time when sub­sti­tute Jordy Hi­wula broke down the left to set up Wyke for an easy tap-in.

To make mat­ters worse, re­sults went against Lee Clark’s side but he took so­lace from the fact they still con­trol their destiny. “It’s still in our own hands,” Clark said. “If we get back to do­ing our job prop­erly then we’ll be ok. “It’s get­ting ex­tremely tight down there, we have to go again. “I’m ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed. I think the last cou­ple of games we have come off it a lit­tle bit. We are let­ting the op­po­nents dic­tate to us. “We have got to find a so­lu­tion to that to get back play­ing on the front foot and take the game to the op­po­si­tion and give their goal­keeper more prob­lems, which we aren’t do­ing enough of.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Simon Davies

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