Brad­ford ‘men­tally and phys­i­cally weak’

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

BRAD­FORD CITY man­ager Stu­art McCall branded his side as “weak” af­ter crum­bling from 3-0 up at Wal­sall to only earn a point.

Goals from Shay McCar­tan, Do­minic Poleon and an own goal from Luke Leahy gave the Ban­tams a three-goal lead.

Leahy made amends for his own goal by pulling a goal back be­fore new sign­ing Tyler Roberts came off the bench to score. Amadou Bakayoko then com­pleted a home come­back late on.

McCall moaned: “We were men­tally and phys­i­cally weak in the sec­ond half, which was very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We should have enough pro­fes­sion­als to re­alise the game is never, ever over.

“We can look at our­selves for de­ci­sions we made, but some­times play­ers have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

It took half an hour for the Ban­tams to break down the hosts, but they then went on to score three times in 19 min­utes.

North­ern Ir­ish­man McCar­tan could not have had an eas­ier fin­ish for his first goal at the club with a close-range tap-in from Char­lie Wyke’s fizzed cross.

Eight min­utes later Poleon scuffed a left-footed strike past Mark Gille­spie.

Four min­utes af­ter the break Tony McMa­hon’s free-kick was turned into his own net by Leahy.

The Ban­tams just went to sleep af­ter go­ing three goals to the good and Leahy pulled one back with a bul­let header.

Just af­ter the hour sub­sti­tute Roberts re­duced the ar­rears and Bakayoko com­pleted the come­back as he bun­dled home Roberts’s cross to sal­vage a point.

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