Rooswell: Bradford Away

Going into yesterdays game up north I would have bitten your hand off for a point! Bradford are a very good side and I have little doubt that they will be right up there come the end of the season, we showed a huge amount of character to survive the massive amounts of pressure on our goalmouth and battle our way back into the game.

 

Darrell named an unchanged side ahead of the game and most of us were glad of this, having controlled the game against Walsall in the week once we got going, it was a very positive lineup. We settled well and created the odd half chance here and there but our build up play was very pedestrian, often Moore or Bodin would neglect the opportunity to run at the defence in order to turn and play it back to Brown and Leadbitter. We also looked vulnerable at the back, Bradford broke much faster and used the width of the pitch to full effect. We had the best chance of the first half when Taylor somehow put wide when it looked easier to score! Many people would have bet a lot of money on him scoring.

 

Bradford began to control proceedings after the break and some of our players looked knackered, Boateng and Bodin in particular, both of whom I’m not sure are fully fit. I was glad when, just over the hour, the game was stopped although it did bring back memories of that delightful August afternoon in Swindon. Getting back up to Bradford would have been an absolute nightmare for a midweek replay. In the end it wasn’t quite Roswell, it was Valley Parade, and it wasn’t quite a UFO, it was a drone but nevertheless it was the most alien stoppage to a football match I have ever witnessed.

 

The goal came in the 73rd minute and it had been coming, Bodin, our right-winger loses the ball after running into danger before staying on the left-wing and not tracking back, the ball was crossed from our right, looped back after a deflected shot and was nodded in by Meredith, the Bradford left back and Bodins man had he worked back which was frustrating. D.C. made changes and we weathered the storm as Bradford’s tails were up before forcing a way back into the game. Our link up improved, the midfield looked a lot stronger and after some fantastic football on the left the ball dropped kindly for colkett who instinctively smashed home.

 

Both sides would have felt they could snatch it with eight minutes added on, we forced a good save from Bradford’s keeper before Kelle Roos made an absolutely class save, good for a point in itself! I’ll admit I’ve been far from his biggest fan since joining and even today he looked a little shaky once or twice but his catching was top-notch yesterday and the save stopped a certain goal.

 

Three straight draws for the Gas and we’re showing we can compete now, I’m confident that yesterday will be one of the better points we’ll pick up this season. Darrell’s still learning his best side, with something crazy like 26 first team players, it will click sooner or later and if we can begin to convert draws to wins now, starting on Tuesday, we will be fine this season. UTG!

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