Woe­ful Ban­tams need new re­cruits and fast

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JUST not good enough – and it hardly needed head coach Michael Collins to tell Brad­ford City fans that.

An op­por­tu­nity to build on the mid­week vic­tory over Bur­ton was badly missed against a Wy­combe side on their sec­ond long trip of the week, hav­ing se­cured a draw at Ply­mouth.

The Ban­tams chief warned: “You put trust in the group but when you get a per­for­mance like that you have to ques­tion your thought process be­hind that.

“We have a week now to de­cide if we want to bring in some re­in­force­ments and, if we feel it is nec­es­sary, then we will. If there are ar­eas to re­in­force then we will have to do it now be­cause the win­dow will shut and by that point you will be left with what you have got.

“If you are short then you will be short for the cam­paign un­til Jan­uary. We have to sit down and de­cide – it was al­ready hap­pen­ing but off the back of that per­for­mance that process will be sped up.”

Chang­ing a win­ning side for tac­ti­cal rea­sons did not pay off for City as the pair brought in, right­back Joe Ri­ley and Sher­win See­dorf, failed to im­press – though they were not the only ones.

Ran­dell Wil­liams gave Ri­ley a test­ing time, es­pe­cially in the first half, and the Manch­ester United prod­uct had the mis­for­tune of see­ing Bryn Mor­ris’s mishit at­tempt de­flect off him past a wrong-footed Richard O’Don­nell in front of the Kop shortly af­ter the break.

The City goal­keeper had been badly at fault for Wy­combe’s first goal in the 28th minute, miss­ing his at­tempted punch clear­ance from Joel Ja­cob­son’s in­swing­ing cor­ner, al­low­ing Craig Mack­ailSmith to race in and head home on the line.

If only the City play­ers had matched the ef­fer­ves­cent dis­play of the 34-year-old former Scot­land striker then they would not have had to en­dure the boos which rang out well be­fore the in­ter­val.

Collins changed things around by with­draw­ing See­dorf, back from a gashed foot, and Hope Ak­pan.

Apart from forc­ing Sido Jom­bati to clear over his bar as Eoin Doyle crossed from the right in the early stages, winger See­dorf was patently un­suited to the No 10 role which his coach felt would have unset­tled the vis­i­tors through his speed.

Boro loa­nee striker Ge­orge Miller, 20, re­placed the Wolves loa­nee and 19-year-old Luca Colville came on for Ak­pan, who had failed to get grips with Wy­combe’s ma­raud­ing mid­field men.

Sean Scan­nell, who had tested Wy­combe out wide in the first pe­riod, also gave way to a trou­ble­some groin and the in­tro­duc­tion of an­other young player, Jor­dan Gib­son, 20, added to the life and ur­gency in­jected into City’s play by Colville.

But that came af­ter the im­por­tant sec­ond goal, Do­minic Gape clip­ping the ball into the path of the on­rush­ing Mor­ris, who still claimed the de­flected goal though the eight-yard at­tempt looked cov­ered by O’Don­nell, who made a series of saves to deny a big­ger score­line.

At least Gib­son caused Wy­combe some anx­ious mo­ments from the right flank, his crossshot forc­ing Ryan All­sop to palm the ball away from un­der his bar.

Fi­nally, af­ter Jack Payne’s cross was met by Miller’s far­post down­ward header which All­sop’s left hand pre­vented Eoin Doyle from ap­ply­ing the fin­ish­ing touch, Gib­son set up City’s reply.

It came just be­fore five min­utes of stop­page time were sig­nalled when Gib­son drilled the ball into the area and a ric­o­chet en­abled the de­ter­mined Colville to strike home from 14 yards.

Miller’s shot on the turn was blocked to deny an equaliser City but that would have been rough jus­tice on the pro­moted Chair­boys, who claimed their first win of the sea­son.

It is back to the draw­ing board for Collins ahead of Satur­day’s trip to Fleet­wood and while he has plenty of youth­ful en­thu­si­asm within his squad he may have to bring in some ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore Thurs­day’s dead­line.

The City chief did not at­tempt to gloss over his side’s fail­ings against a side which Wy­combe man­ager Gareth Ainsworth NOT THIS TIME: claimed had the small­est bud­get in the divi­sion.

“I am not go­ing to make any ex­cuses. That was not good enough,” said Collins. “It was not good enough on far too many lev­els but the most ob­vi­ous one was the lack of in­ten­sity in our play from the get-go. We were very slow in ev­ery­thing that we did.

“That lack of ur­gency and com­bined with the fact that Wy­combe came with the bit be­tween their teeth was enough for them to take the points.

“I ex­pected a lot bet­ter than that. It should not take a 19-yearold foot­baller mak­ing his fourth com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance to come on and show ev­ery­body else what they should be do­ing out there on the pitch. His en­deav­our, his en­thu­si­asm to get on the ball and show brav­ery made a big dif­fer­ence to us but by that point it was too late.

“It was not good enough and will be quickly ad­dressed. There is no point hid­ing away. We have to show far more for this foot­ball club. You have to give the fans some­thing to grab hold of and get be­hind.”

Brad­ford City cen­tre-back An­thony O’Con­nor gets the bet­ter of dan­ger­ous Wy­combe striker Craig Mack­ail-Smith. In­set, Ban­tams sub­sti­tute and scorer Luca Colville is chal­lenged by Wy­combe mid­field man Michael Har­ri­man.

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