Rob Peterborough to pay McCall
4 games on the trot and we have scored 3 goals or more and now we have made it a hat trick of consecutive league games where we have gone 3-0 up. In my preview I questioned if The Posh were in a false position and top due to circumstances as they haven't really played anyone in the league of note and so London Road wasn't really a fixture I feared for the Bantams. I did expect a draw but to walk away with 3 points from a team top of the league and in their own back yard I will take any day of the week.
Dominic Poleon has taken the mantle again of leading scorer for the Bantams this season with 4 so far in all competitions and now matching Charlie Wyke in the league with 3 apiece. I'm really loving it Dominic is proving my pre season expectation of him totally wrong and Poleon could be a masterstroke of a signing this year. It's early days to say who is our number forward in Wyke or Poleon, but what a battle it will transpire to, neither man will want to concede to the other.
Matt Kilgallon is another player I felt was short of the standard we need this season and I am surprised of the run he is having at this early stage already making 7 appearances and now with the final goal of the game which was his first in City colours and his first goal since April 2015 for Blackburn Rovers again on the road, is now only 5 appearances shy of the total he played last season and just 4 shy from the season before. I've never questioned Kilgallon's ability, but his match fitness and run of games throughout the past decade and if we can get a decent run out of Mat this season, his experience will be priceless as we push for promotion.
After Poleon made it 0-1 early on just on 7 minutes, Vincelot got his tally off the mark half hour later on 36 only minutes before Kilgallon made it 0-3 going into half time. City weren't to add to the 3 goals in the 2nd half but allowed Jack Baldwin to pull 1 back for The Posh and 1 of the weaknesses I've identified with McCall's City is the 2nd half letting the opposition back in. For the last 25 minutes I was on tenterhooks just hoping we wouldn't concede a 2nd goal as if we did, I could see it 2 points lost.
Goals galore but where are the clean sheets?
I'm really loving the stats, the scorelines at the moment from McCall's squad at the moment and there are plenty to digest and enjoy, for example Kilgallon's goal has taken him into double figures for his entire career even going back to his Leeds days in the Premiership. I am more confident than I was a few weeks ago just for the fact is that we are a free scoring team at the moment, but there is still a massive question mark at the back. It is a difficult conundrum for McCall as it doesn't matter how many we score, we have thrown games away and unable to shut out a team for a single full game. Even Chesterfield who are 2nd bottom in League 2 managed to score twice against us in the Lower Division Trophy, you can argue it wasn't our strongest team, and neither was it the Spireites either. 8 games in and not a single shut out of the opposition, does McCall look at changing things and jeopardise the scoring form, does he look at replacing our keeper or replace one of the defenders. As it stands now, we are getting away with it most games, but the nerves of Walsall showed when Bristol Rovers made it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go.
We handled the test better than Boro
It was a game at the right time for both clubs, we needed a win against an inform team in the promotion places, and Peterborough needed a win against a team comfortably in the top half of the table. Where The Posh failed, we took them to the sword and this game now has sent a message of intent on what we want from 2017/18.
If we fall short this season, it will be 3 teams that will have to work hard for it come May and there will be no question of any club deserving of where they end up.
4 matches on the road in 5 games
A draw to Walsall and wins against Chesterfield and high flying Peterborough, we have to be happy with that no matter how things may have gone in that first game. Now a tougher test coming up, tougher than many may realise.......