A Very Mature Performance
Bradford consolidated third place, opening a bit of a gap whilst keeping within touching distance on Wigan in second, with a 4-1 win at MK Dons on Saturday.
There's no getting away from the fact an early sending off for MK Dons - when Aaron Tshibola saw red for a foul on Jake Reeves as he went through - worked in City's favour but work had to be done to secure it.
Stuart McCall admitted as much, telling the Official Website: 'The result is obviously the most important thing, but it is always pleasing when you get the performance as well. Naturally, them going down to ten men so soon in the match helped us, but we could do no more than we did. We started the game really brightly and actually forced the sending off through (Jake) Reevesy pressing high.'
He went on to say 'we worked them hard and got the two goals' with McCall's only disappointment being we couldn't add to the Romain Vincelot and Charlie Wyke goals in the first half but there was 'no panic or concern at half time' when Ethan Ebanks-Landell pulled one back from MK Dons.
Second half efforts from Wyke and Paul Taylor's first for City sealed the points with the boss pleased with the part all played.
McCall added: 'We knew we had to keep doing what we were doing, keep moving the ball and keep tiring them. We couldn't sit back on our lead either and potentially let them back in, we knew we had to go out for the game's next goal. We played with a real intent and moved the ball around well. Everyone played their part today (Saturday) - it was a very mature performance.'
City also had the positive of Colin Doyle returning to join up with the squad, meaning the goalkeeper was selected, which was a 'no-brainer' - he has now rejoined the Republic of Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifier with Wales.
However, there was a negative though as Tony McMahon was forced off with a hamstring injury and McCall is now anticipating missing him for up to six weeks.
'It is really frustrating for him and for us. He said he felt his hamstring tighten earlier in the game but he wanted to carry on. It looks like he has pulled it. We don't know the full extent of the injury yet but it looks like he'll be out for at least a few weeks now - maybe 4-6 weeks.'