Wigan exposes the frustrations of Bantam life
In the past month we have lost to the current bottom 2 teams in the league, Plymouth at home and spanked away by Bury, in fact, the 3-1 loss away to Bury is their only league win since the 30th September, but what instils the frustration of such results as a Bantam, we then go on to one of the toughest teams in the division who are unbeaten at home, 2nd in the table and go and beat them in their own back yard.
I wasn't surprised at the result, just as I wasn't surprised at the recent poor losses, it is something you just accept being a Bantam. In seasons we get promoted or relegated, it is just the way things are.
The best team on the road.
McCall may not have Valley Parade as a fortress this time around like it was last season, but Stuart seems to have saved a seat on the team coach for Lady Luck as we travel across the UK. Some games we are scraping through, but we are getting the 3 points, some fixtures I am not looking forward to and just can't wait till we get them out of the way and yet we are working hard and earning those 3 points. As it goes so far in League 1, we have the best away record having accumulated 20 points from a possible 27 and scored 18 goals in those 9 games whilst conceding 11. Our away defence may not be the best, conceding the most goals on the road in the top 6 teams, but our goal difference of plus 7 is the largest.
It will be this away form I am confident in and for me it will be the difference in going up or not come end of May.
So how does the away table look?
City 20pts +7 GD (scored 18)
Shrewsbury 18pts +4 GD
Wigan 16pts +7 GD (scored 14)
Scunthorpe 17pts +6 GD
Charlton 14pts +3 GD
Blackburn 14pts +6 GD
If I go on further we will see teams having acquired less points and their goal difference getting smaller and becoming negative differences.
It was in the bag.
It took Charlie Wyke less than a quarter of an hour to put City a goal to the good with his 8th of the season and first for just over a month. As confident as I was in getting at least a point from the DW Stadium, Athletic could have equalised minutes later when Sam Morsy had a shot cleared off the line, but the equaliser did come for the Latics through Cheyenne Dunkley with the Bantam's lead lasting only 10 minutes. My expectation of a draw seemed to be coming towards a close until 86th minute substitute Tyrell Robinson thought better. Injury time and Robinson got himself onto the scoreboard for the very first time in his professional career, and what a way to get off the mark, ending one of the toughest teams home unbeaten run, scoring away at an ex Premiership club and one of the favourites, and more importantly, a last minute winner having only been on the field for a little over 5 minutes. Thank you Robinson, that's another win and 3 points on the board.
Half Time Latics 1-1 City
Charlie Wyke (14), Cheyenne Dunkley (24)
Full Time Latics 1-2 City
Tyrell Robinson (92)
This is the 4th consecutive game where City hasn't had a player booked, the improved discipline has seen City receive 1 yellow in our past 6 games.
David Webb handed out 1 yellow to Athletic's Daniel Burn on 77 minutes. Webb in 18 games in 2017/18 has handed out 48 yellows with the game at the DW Stadium David's 3rd City match so far this season having given a yellow card to a Bantam once on both previous occasions.
Wigan Athletic 4-2-3-1
Jamie Jones, Nathan Byrne, Callum Elder, Cheyenne Dunkley, Daniel Burn, Sam Morsy, Max Power, Gavin Massey (54 David Perkins), Michael Jacobs (90 Will Grigg), Nick Powell (29 Gary Roberts), Ivan Toney
Bradford City 4-4-2
Colin Doyle, Matt Kilgallon, Luke Hendrie, Nat Knight-Percival, Tony McMahon, Jake Reeves, Romain Vincelot, Nicky Law, Alex Gillead, Charlie Wyke, Paul Taylor (85 Tyrell Robinson)
2017/18 City Scorers
8 - Charlie Wyke
5 - Alex Jones
4 - Dominic Poleon, Romain Vincelot
3 - Patrick Omari
2 - Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Paul Taylor, Matt Kilgallon
1 - Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Alex Gillead, Tyrell Robinson
Scunthorpe United (H) Tues 21st Nov
Shrewsbury Town (A) Sat 25th Nov
Plymouth Argyle (H) Sat 2nd Dec
Rochdale (H) Sat 9th Dec
Southend United (A) Sat 16th Dec