McCall hop­ing for lift from City’s new boys

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

FRUS­TRATED man­ager Stu­art McCall blamed ‘school­boy de­fend­ing’ as Brad­ford City crashed to their fifth league and cup de­feat in a row against in-form AFC Wim­ble­don at Val­ley Pa­rade.

A team that went through last sea­son un­beaten at home in the League have now lost eight League matches at Val­ley Pa­rade and their cur­rent run of de­feats is threat­en­ing to de­rail their play­off chal­lenge.

They have lost six of their last eight League One matches and won only two, con­ced­ing 19 goals in the process to leave them in fifth po­si­tion with a mi­nus goal dif­fer­ence.

Lit­tle won­der that McCall is des­per­ate to re­tain top scorer Char­lie Wyke as clubs hover ahead of the trans­fer win­dow clos­ing on Wed­nes­day night.

McCall said: “You can’t leg­is­late for in­di­vid­ual er­rors, but the goals we are con­ced­ing are so soft – poor de­fend­ing, hor­ren­dous de­fend­ing. We are not giving our­selves a chance.”

McCall, who was sent to the stands for ac­ci­den­tally catch­ing an as­sis­tant li­nes­man with his arm to­wards the end, is hop­ing the sign­ing of four new play­ers at the end of last week will help to halt City’s slump. “They all have a strong men­tal­ity and will give ev­ery­one a lift,” he said.

How­ever, Wyke is be­ing mon­i­tored by sev­eral Cham­pi­onship clubs, in­clud­ing home-town Mid­dles­brough where he be­gan in the ju­niors.

McCall val­ues the 12-goal top scorer at £5m but will be hop­ing he is still at Val­ley Pa­rade by the end of the week.

Wim­ble­don went ahead in the 13th minute with a low shot into the far cor­ner from Mill­wall loa­nee Jimmy Ab­dou.

Af­ter Do­minic Poleon had a strike dis­al­lowed for off­side, the vis­i­tors dou­bled their lead in the 59th minute, Andy Bar­cham stab­bing the ball home af­ter tak­ing a pass from Cody McDon­ald.

McDon­ald then com­pleted the rout with two fur­ther goals – the third in the 65th minute with a shot that goal­keeper Rou­ven Sat­tel­maier got a hand to but could not stop and in the 79th minute af­ter ex­chang­ing passes with sub­sti­tute Joe Pig­ott.

Brad­ford are a point clear of Rother­ham, who have a game in hand, and two ahead of Charl­ton Ath­letic, who have two games in hand.

Sat­tel­maier, Guy, KnightPer­ci­val, Kil­gal­lon, Chick­sen, Reeves (Lund 61), Vincelot, Law (Gib­son 69), P Tay­lor, Wyke, Poleon (Bru­enker 61). Raeder, Dieng, McCarten, Warnock.

Long, Fuller, Charles, Oshi­laja, Fran­comb (Meades 76), Ab­dou (Har­ti­gan 81), Trot­ter, Soares, Bar­cham, McDon­ald, L Tay­lor (Pig­ott 69). McDon­nell, Robin­son, For­rester, Kennedy.

G El­tring­ham (Sun­der­land).

PIC­TURE: BRUCE ROLLINSON

STU­ART MCCALL: Brad­ford City chief blasted his side’s de­fen­sive fail­ings af­ter another de­feat at Val­ley Pa­rade.

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