Boss Happy To End Good Week With Win In Stuttgart
Bradford's training camp in Austria has drawn to a close with the spell in Europe ending as City came from behind to record a victory over TV Echterdingen in Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday.
Recovering from a goal down four unanswered efforts, in a game that saw Stuart McCall make wholesale changes, handing trialist Gordon Greer a 45 minute run out, meant City ran out 4-1 winners.
TV Echterdingen took a surprise lead when goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier, Bradford captain to start the day, was beaten by Meksud Colic from 40 yards.
However, Timothee Dieng drew Bradford level before McCall made 10 changes at half time, leaving only Danny Devine on. City went ahead through Shay McCartan before Omari Patrick, back on in the second half for Devine, made it three.
Dan Pybus rounded off the victory - Charlie Wyke would have fancied his chances but the forward was forced to sit out with a sore hamstring.
Bradford (first half): Sattelmaier, Barr, Greer, Knight-Percival, Chicksen, Patrick, Devine, Dieng, Law, Jones, Poleon.
Bradford (Second half): Doyle, Hanson, Kilgallon, Vincelot, McMahon, Gilliead, Reeves, Devine (Patrick 69), Taylor, Pybus, McCartan.
McCall said the victory, part of TV Echterdingen's 125th year anniversary celebrations, was a great way to round off a productive weeks training.
Obviously that training took place in the Austrian training camp before Bradford went to German for the friendly, one the boss was keen to put on a show for the travelling City fans, which he told the Official Website he felt was the case.
'It has been a really good week, and the lads have finished it off well. It was a strong performance from us in both the first half and second half. There was a lot of pleasing individual stuff as well.'
Adding: 'It was a bit of a carnival atmosphere, brilliant to see so many Bradford fans making the long journey to watch the match. They have come over here to enjoy themselves, and it was good for them to see some good football and four goals, but we knew we had a serious job to do as well. We wanted to get a performance out of the lads and some fitness into them. We didn't want to finish flat - we wanted to top the week with a strong display, and we got that.'
McCall went on to comment about Timothee Dieng's strike saying he had 'been hitting the ball sweetly in training' so to do it on the pitch 'was nice to see.'
Jake Reeves, Shay McCartan, Omari Patrick, who 'has been brilliant with us all week' and Dan Pybus, described as 'probably one of the fittest players at the club', also gained the boss' praise.
Positives from the training field were shown in a match environment from shorter stints of involvement with the return to England set to see the minutes stepped up in two midweek friendlies and the Sunderland game next Saturday - a potential behind-closed-doors game could also be played.
McCall said: 'We've seen some good stuff from the lads in training this week, and it was nice to see some of that in the game as well. We have Guiseley (Tuesday) and Eccleshill United (Wednesday) now to play next week. We will probably also have a game behind closed doors on Friday and then the game (vs Sunderland) on Saturday. The lads have two sets of 45 minutes in them now but we want to get more football into them. It is now time to give them 60/75 minutes, and maybe even 90 minutes for some of the lads.'