On the 9th day of Christmas, McCall gave to me....
Four goals in a 7 goal thriller, a win and 3 points. Thank you very much Mr McCall for the early Xmas present, no matter how the rest of advent goes, City will still be in a very healthy position and when little Bantams are delving into their stockings, unwrapping amber and claret paper, City will be in the play offs come the mid way point of the season. This is the 2nd fixture in a row at Valley Parade against Rochdale where City has scored 4 goals, and the 3rd time in 5 matches in this fixture where one of the teams has scored 4 goals.
First home win in the league in just over 2 months
How did I miss that stat? Our first win in the league since the end of September when we beat Doncaster Rovers 2-0, but what a way to do it. If we can sort our home form out in 2018, you would expect us to finish in the automatic promotion positions. With an early lead through Matt Kilgallon, his 3rd of the season, it took the Bantams just 8 minutes to take the lead. Kilgallon has never scored 3 in a single season, in fact he has matched his scoring prowess at City in a season and half, covering 27 league games than he did at Leeds United between 2002-07 in 80 league games of 3 goals. Nice going. As an assist wasn't good enough for Charlie Wyke, as half time was approaching, Wyke knocked in a high header from a set piece, and it won't come as a surprise that it was Tony McMahon that provided the assist. 40 minutes, City 2 to the good and Wyke now in double figures for the season.
5 minutes to go to half time
If you only watched a couple of minutes of the game, it had to be towards the end of the first half. 40 minutes saw City go 2-0, 1 minute later Ian Henderson pulled one back for Dale from the centre of the box through a Callum Camps assist, then a minute later Dominic Poleon with his first goal for 3 months to the day put City 3-1 after an Alex Gillead assist. As if this wasn't exciting enough, Henderson completed his brace on 45 minutes, so from 1-0 up with 5 minutes to go till half time, the score was 3-2. This definitely changed the half time talk for both managers. GAME ON!!!!
And yet more goals
For a neutral the match between City and Dale would have been a tasty football fest of goals galore and the way goals went in in the space of 5 minutes, who was confident to predict the final result? There were still a couple of more goals to go in in the 2nd half, Dale drew level through ex City striker, Steve Davies on 75 minutes with practically his first touch, his 5th of the season, but his 18th since his move across the Pennines last year. 3-3. Many a City supporter and fan would have been thinking, on a freezing cold Saturday afternoon, "Oh no, not again" after throwing a 2 goal advantage away at home. I wouldn't like to care to mention the number of times I've witnessed that with City over the decades. But one thing many haven't counted on, young Tyrell Robinson, the young defender who scored the winner away to Wigan popped up again 3 minutes after Davies' leveller after Charlie Wyke provided his 2nd assist of the game. Result 4-3. Thank Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the 3 wise men after such a game of mixed emotions on a cold winter's day in Bradford.
Half Time City 3-2 Dale
Kilgallon (8), Wyke (40), Henderson (41, 45), Poleon (42)
Full Time City 4-3 Dale
Davies (75), Robinson (78)
Romain Vincelot (82) 6th yellow of the season. 1 red so far.
Darren Bond booked 2 players in the match at Valley Parade in the last 10 minutes, Vincelot on 82 minutes and a yellow to Rochdale's Oliver Rathbone only 6 minutes later. Rathbone has now picked up 4 yellows and only 1 more away from an automatic suspension. Bond this season in 20 games has handed out 66 yellows and 1 red, 4 of which were in our 0-1 home loss against Charlton Athletic.
Bradford City 4-4-2
Rouven Sattelmaier, Matt Kilgallon, Nat Knight-Percival, Tony McMahon, Tyrell Robinson (87 Jacob Hanson), Romain Vincelot, Nicky Law (77 Adam Thompson), Paul Taylor, Alex Gillead, Charlie Wyke, Dominic Poleon (67 Luke Hendrie)
Unused Subs - Lukas Raeder, Shay McCartan, Jordan Gibson, Patrick Omari
Josh Lillis, Jim McNulty (46 Jordan Williams), Harrison McGahey, Donervon Daniels, Joe Rafferty (59 Andy Cannon), Kgosi Ntlhe, Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone, Ian Henderson, Calvin Andrew, Matt Done (75 Steve Davies)
Unused Subs - Brendan Moore, Brad Inman, Jordan Slew, Matthew Gillam
2017/18 City Scorers
10 - Charlie Wyke
5 - Alex Jones, Romain Vincelot, Dominic Poleon
3 - Patrick Omari, Paul Taylor, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Matt Kilgallon
2 - Tyrell Robinson
1 - Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Alex Gillead
1- Own goals, Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town)
Southend United (A) Sat 16th Dec
AFC Wimbledon (A) Sat 23rd Dec
Peterborough United (H) Tues 26th Dec
Oxford United (H) Sat 30th Dec
Fleetwood Town (A) Mon 1st Jan