Beaten At Park Avenue But McCall Isn't Worrying
Bradford's pre-season preparations got off to a miserable start with City hammered 3-0 at neighbours Bradford Park Avenue.
Stuart McCall, fielding different line ups in each half as the boss looked at as many players as he could, saw Bradford beaten following first half goals from Nicky Clee, a Nicky Wroe penalty and Adam Boyes.
Having only recently arrived for a second loan spell Newcastle's Alex Gilliead wasn't involved with summer signing Paul Taylor the only other first team player not featuring at the Horsfall Stadium.
Fellow summer signings Jake Reeves, Dominic Poleon, Adam Chicksen and Shay McCartan were involved.
Bradford First Half - 1. Colin Doyle, 2. Jacob Hanson, 3. A TRIALIST, 4. Jake Reeves, 5. Matthew Kilgallon, 7. Ellis Hudson, 8. Daniel Devine, 9. Charlie Wyke, 10. Dominic Poleon, 11. Tyrell Robinson, 14. Romain Vincelot
Bradford Second Half - 12. Rouven Sattelmaier, 6. Lachlan Barr, 15. Tony McMahon, 16. Adam Chicksen, 17. Daniel Pybus, 18. Nicky Law, 19. Shay McCartan, 20. Timothee Dieng, 21. Nathaniel Knight-Percival, 22. Omari Patrick, 23. Alex Jones
It goes without saying McCall wasn't happy with defeat but the Bradford boss felt this game probably came a little earlier in the pre-season schedule than he would have liked and was happier to help out Park Avenue with a decent crowd.
Looking at the bigger picture he told the Official Website: 'This (Avenue) game has probably come a bit earlier than we would have normally planned for in pre-season, but we've come and helped Avenue out and it seems they've got a good crowd from the match. Obviously we would have preferred to have won - I never like to lose any game - but pre-season is all about working on your touch and your fitness levels.'
On the absent duo McCall added: 'A lot of the boys got some game-time, while Tayls (Paul Taylor) and Gilly (Alex Gilliead) did some work at the training ground because they are a couple of days behind the other lads in terms of fitness.'
McCall knows if Bradford had 'won 6-0 or lost 6-0 though' there would still be 'plenty of work to be done' ahead of the new campaign.
He's certainly not worried by the result and is looking forward to a good weeks training at the Austrian camp as the new players get integrated into the Bantams' squad.
'We won't worry about a result like this, we will now look forward to a really good week's training in Austria next week. This week in training has just really been about fitness levels. We can now start to implement a little bit more what we want from the players for the season ahead. We have started now, and now we can really get some work into the players and get our message across to them in these coming weeks.'