MCCALL’S MEN BLUNT HOT­SHOTS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Luke Fox

STUART McCall was ec­static to see his Brad­ford side come up with the an­swers to re­pel freescor­ing Rother­ham.

Ro­main Vincelot’s first-half header gave the Ban­tams a nar­row win in a feisty York­shire derby and saw them ex­tend an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son that has seen them lose just one league game.

They had to de­fend stoutly to earn the three points though as they shut out a side that had scored eight goals in their pre­vi­ous two games.

McCall said: “There are lots of dif­fer­ent ways to win foot­ball games.

“This time, we have had to be res­o­lute.

“We knew we would have had to de­fend well, you look at their team, they have good play­ers, they’re in good form, free-scor­ing, so to get a clean sheet was pleas­ing.

“We have had to com­pete for the first ball, then the se­cond one and get blocks on the third one.

“We started the game re­ally well and that is where we won it with a great bit of qual­ity.

“Last sea­son when we were on top in games we didn’t score, but here we man­aged to get the goal. It was a de­ter­mined dis­play and a whole team ef­fort.

“It was a fan­tas­tic three points against a re­ally strong team.

“They asked us a lot of ques “Brad­ford tions and luck­ily we had the an­swers.”

Vincelot set­tled the game with his header from Tony McMa­hon’s cross mid­way through the first half, com­ing when he was left crim­i­nally un­marked eight yards out.

Rother­ham were not at the level which saw them ham­mer Wal­sall 5-1 in mid­week but they had enough chances to get back into the game.

Jon Tay­lor wasted two op­por­tu­ni­ties when he was through on goal, the se­cond was hero­ically cleared off the line by Matt Kil­gal­lon, while Lee Freck­ling­ton and Ki­ef­fer Moore were also de­nied.

And boss Paul Warne reck­ons his side were wor­thy of a draw as they saw a three­game win­ning run ended.

“Any de­feat is frus­trat­ing but I thought we did enough for a point – I didn’t think there was much be­tween the two teams,” he said.

“We just needed the ball to drop to us. Over­all I am dis­ap­pointed not to take a point.

de­fended re­ally well, we had wave upon wave of balls into the box and they got their head on ev­ery­thing. It just wasn’t our day.

“If we had come here and lost and been out­played it would have been a big­ger blow but I am proud of how we played.

“I give ku­dos to Brad­ford, I thought they de­fended re­ally well and I thought their keeper was re­ally good. “We just didn’t de­fend one cross and we have

suf­fered from it.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Aaron Lup­ton

THE RO­MAIN EM­PIRE: Brad­ford cel­e­brate mid­fielder Ro­main Vincelot’s win­ner

Rother­ham United mid­fielder An­thony Forde on the at­tack

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