ROMAIN RU­INS PILGRIMS’ RUN

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Richard Laverty

STU­ART McCall is rel­ish­ing the prospect of a new ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter Brad­ford reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time un­der his stew­ard­ship.

Goals from Romain Vincelot, Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val and Char­lie Wyke saw them over­come League One ri­vals Ply­mouth, de­spite a Graham Carey goal briefly bring­ing the vis­i­tors back into the game.

McCall never reached round three dur­ing his first three-year spell in charge, nor since tak­ing the reins once more in the sum­mer of 2016 – un­til now.

“I thought Ply­mouth played well but I was happy with our per­for­mance too,” said McCall.

“It’s great to be in the third round be­cause it’s not hap­pened whilst I’ve been in charge.

“Ply­mouth don’t lose many goals away from home, the key for us was get­ting that first goal and we didn’t let any edgi­ness kick in when they got back into the game.

“They had op­por­tu­ni­ties to score but so did we, I thought it was a re­ally good cup tie.”

The Ban­tams started the game on the front foot, Wyke hav­ing a goal dis­al­lowed af­ter Luke McCormick spilled a cross into the box, be­fore the goal­keeper pro­duced a stun­ning dou­ble save to deny both Alex Gil­liead’s de­flected ef­fort and Wyke’s re­bound.

The saves seemed to turn the game in Ply­mouth’s favour, Jake Jervis fir­ing an ef­fort over be­fore miss­ing a huge chance.

A mis­cued back header from Tony McMa­hon left Jervis oneon-one, the striker loop­ing his header over Rou­ven Sat­tel­maier but wide of the goal.

It proved costly when Vincelot rose high­est just five min­utes later to head home an inch-per­fect McMa­hon cross from the right-hand side.

Jervis had an­other big chance right on half-time but failed to con­nect with Joel Grant’s cross from the left when stood just two yards from goal.

It once again proved costly as Brad­ford dou­bled their lead five min­utes af­ter the break, Knight-Per­ci­val ap­pear­ing to di­vert a Vincelot vol­ley from a cor­ner over the line.

Ply­mouth did give them­selves hope when Carey’s left-footed ef­fort de­flected off McMa­hon and over Sat­tel­maier, but that hope lasted less than 60 sec­onds.

Gil­liead’s low cross from the right squirmed un­der McCormick, giv­ing Wyke the eas­i­est goal of his ca­reer, the striker slam­ming the ball home from all of a yard.

De­spite the re­sult, Derek Adams was pleased with Ply­mouth’s ef­forts.

“It was a re­ally good per­for­mance from us – prob­a­bly bet­ter than when we won here 10,” he said.

“Brad­ford scored against the run of play af­ter we’d had a few good op­por­tu­ni­ties early on.

“Jake had two or three very good chances, he could have had a hat-trick be­fore half-time. Brad­ford got a lift go­ing 3-1 up but over­all it was prob­a­bly one of our best per­for­mances.”

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