Val­ley Pa­rade re­mains a fortress as Bantams clinch play-off spot

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MAN­AGER Stu­art McCall spoke of his pride in his squad as fifth­placed Brad­ford City booked their place in the League One play-offs for the sec­ond sea­son in a row with a com­fort­able win over AFC Wim­ble­don at Val­ley Pa­rade.

This fifth suc­ces­sive home win means they have gone the whole sea­son with­out be­ing beaten at home.

Need­ing one point to be sure of fin­ish­ing in the top six, Brad­ford went in front in the 28th minute when mid­field player Josh Cullen was bun­dled over and Tony McMa­hon scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot.

The Bantams then dou­bled their lead in the third minute of stop­page time at the end of the first half with a su­per goal from Mark Mar­shall.

The winger took the ball down the right and, with every­one ex­pect­ing a cross, he scored with an acute an­gled, right-foot shot into the far cor­ner.

Brad­ford dom­i­nated the sec­ond half and were re­warded with a third goal in the 85th minute. Mar­shall sent McMa­hon away on the over­lap and the right-back scored with an an­gled right-foot shot.

McCall was de­lighted to see his side bounce back af­ter the 3-0 de­feat at cham­pi­ons Sh­effield United on Easter Mon­day.

He said: “I’m re­ally pleased for the squad of play­ers af­ter a lot of over-re­ac­tion from last Mon­day.

“Play­ers hurt and we were all dis­ap­pointed. So, we sent them away to clear their heads on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day and they have pro­duced a re­ally pro­fes­sional per­for­mance.”

McCall said that af­ter they had lost at Fleet­wood and drawn at home to Bolton in the same week, he “chal­lenged the boys to win seven of the last 13 games to get to 74 points. In fact, they won eight out of 12, which is su­perb.

“All parts of the team are func­tion­ing well backed up by a fan­tas­tic back­room staff. We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted and who­ever we play in the play-offs we will be ready for them.”

TONY MCMA­HON: Two goals from the full-back helped Brad­ford City on the road to vic­tory.

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