PA­TRICK PULPS THE TAN­GER­INES

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

ADEBUT goal from Omari Pa­trick sealed all three points for Brad­ford City against newly-pro­moted Black­pool at Val­ley Pa­rade.

Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val had given the Ban­tams the lead shortly be­fore half-time with his first goal for the club, only to see his back-post fin­ish can­celled out im­me­di­ately by Colin Daniel’s low strike.

The match was marred early on by a sus­pected neck in­jury to new Brad­ford sign­ing Adam Chick­sen, the left-back stretchered off af­ter be­ing treated for ten min­utes.

But debu­tant striker Pa­trick struck on the hour mark to get Brad­ford off to the best pos­si­ble start, al­though man­ager Stu­art McCall wasn’t com­pletely sat­is­fied.

“I didn’t par­tic­u­larly en­joy the game to be hon­est,” he said.

“We didn’t move the ball quick enough, our pass­ing from back to front wasn’t good enough but we got bet­ter sec­ond half. But there’s no deny­ing it’s a great start for us. We got Omari in to have a look and with­out build­ing him up too much, he de­served his op­por­tu­nity and he re­ally took it.”

Un­der­stand­ably, the first half was a tepid af­fair af­ter such a long stop­page, but the vis­i­tors felt they should have had the lead be­fore Chick­sen’s in­jury when ex-Black­pool goal­keeper Colin Doyle ap­peared to spill a Mark Cullen ball across the line.

It took a set-piece to undo a tight Black­pool back three – Nicky Law’s ball in from the left was flicked on by sub­sti­tute Ti­mothee Dieng, al­low­ing Knight-Per­ci­val to slide home at the back post.

De­spite an in­stant re­sponse as Daniel cut in from the left and fired low past Doyle, Gary Bowyer was left frus­trated by his side walk­ing away with noth­ing.

“At times, we gave a re­ally good ac­count of our­selves. I thought our lads were ter­rific at times,” said Bowyer.

“We con­ceded a soft goal but our re­sponse was ter­rific.

“It was a re­ally good bit of foot­ball and a great fin­ish but we didn’t carry on from that and that’s what we’re dis­ap­pointed with – you can’t just play well for one half of foot­ball in this league.

“It’s a good bench­mark for us. Brad­ford are a great team but we need to do bet­ter on be­ing more ruth­less when we get a chance.

“That’s one thing we’ve just talked about and we’ve got to learn from that.”

Brad­ford, though, strug­gled for a break­through, de­spite the bril­liance of new sign­ing Jake Reeves who impressed all af­ter­noon.

For­tu­nately for the hosts, Pa­trick had other ideas, turn­ing and smash­ing an ef­fort into the bot­tom corner to send the 20,000-strong crowd into rap­tures.

Re­gard­ing Chick­sen, McCall added, “Adam is get­ting bet­ter. He’s im­prov­ing. He was out for a cou­ple of min­utes but I’ve spo­ken to him and he’s aware of where he is and what he’s done.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Paul Thomp­son

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