Date:Sunday February 15 2009
Following Wycombe Wanderers' defeat at Bradford City yesterday afternoon, here are some views from Bantams' manager Stuart McCall and a few of their fans.
McCall thought it was a 'Terrific game of football' and a 'Massive three points' for his side.
Speaking to the BBC, McCall went on to say:
'They've got good players, that's why they're near the top of the league, but they've missed a couple of good chances today.'
'I really enjoyed it, I thought it was a really good quality game of football. Throughout the side we were good today.'
'We were disappointed to lose down there and they're probably disappointed to have lost today.'
On Chris Zebroski's sending off, McCall had this to say: 'It wasn't a malicious tackle, it was a poor, poor attempt to get the ball.'
The Bradford fans knew it was a big win for their side and had very mixed views on Wycombe's performance.
The following extracts are from 'Football Forums', BBC606, 'Claret & Banter' and the 'Official Bradford City Message Board'
Bantam Boogie Boarder wrote:
'Were we playing Wycombe or Wimbledon? I'd heard so many good things about Peter Taylor as a manager but he's just Harry Bassett in disguise. I thought it should have been 4-3 either way. They missed some sitters, and so did we.'
'I think it was the best home performance I've seen in the last 2 or 3 years. We had spirit, something that's been missing since that day we played Liverpool. If we keep this up we'll be up as champions easily.'
'Red card was one of the most disgraceful challenges I've seen at VP in years. High boot with studs showing straight towards Clarke's face. Looked intentional, otherwise why would studs be showing? Great game though, very end to end. Before red card thought it perhaps should have ended in a draw, but we defended the lead very well, and combined with their dire shooting I think we warranted it.'
edwin fitzgerald wrote:
'Somehow Wycombe managed not to score - they must have had 4-5 clear cut chances including one cleared off the line.'
'You have to give Wycombe some credit, they could have come and packed the midfield like others have done this season but they played their part in a very entertaining game.'
'If I was a Wycombe fan I would be worried, because to me all of a sudden their top 3 place, which looked nailed on, seems very vulnerable right now with Brentford, Bury, Rochdale and ourselves looking good at the moment.'
'Wycombe gave up towards the end, looked like they have lost any team spirit and know they're on a downward spiral.'
'Very impressed with Doherty today, looked quality.'
'Wycombe are a good side and I don't want to blame our defence for the moments when their number 10 Bloomfield luckily didn't score. But importantly, City killed the game in last 20-25 minutes and Wanderers were really angry as shown by the awful tackle against Clarke.'
Teenage Ferris wrote:
'Wycombe missed a real sitter in the first half. Their number 8 Doherty was a class act, looked like Gattuso and didn't do a bad impersonation on the pitch either.'
'Wycombe missed several sitters and I expect Taylor will not be happy. The number ten missed sitters, Pittman had that overhead kick, Furman cleared a header off the line and they had a couple of others that I can't recall right now. We rode our luck a little at times but Zebroski deserved to go, glad Clarke got up okay, and three massive points there.'
'In the first half most of the ref's god awful decisions worked in our favour. Wycombe should have had a penalty.'
'Their right winger Zebroski. Absolutely every time he touched the ball it went out of play or straight to Rhys. He was appalling. His stick got that bad that every time he messed up he would look up at the Bradford end as if to say 'I take it you saw that, go easy on me'. We didn't. Anyway, a rush of blood to his head and WHACK he gets his marching orders.'
'That had to be the most obvious sending off EVER! I thought he'd killed him. Unbelievably, I don't think he meant it. Loved the way there was zero reaction from the Wycombe bench, it happened 3ft in front of them, they never moved a muscle, not even a facial twitch, they just sat or stood there with their arms folded as if attempted decapitations happened all the time.'
'Obviously he's not our player, but it's worth pointing out that Tommy Doherty (Wycombe's number eight) was absolutely outstanding for them today.'
'I thought Wycombe were very poor, they seemed to have nothing at all up front and I'll be very surprised if they go up automatically given that showing.'
the circlingvulture wrote:
'Wycombe played their part in a good game, very big powerful team with pace up front.'
' Wycombe were really disappointing. Apart from the lad Pittman and Doherty the pirate, they looked totally clueless and resorted to hoofing it forward at every available opportunity.'
Let's be positive and leave the final word to Bradford Joe.
Bradford Joe wrote:
'Wycombe were the best side I've seen at home all season. Their number 8 (Doherty I think?) was a class above. To all those that may be starting to write off Wycombe...DON'T!'
Date:Sunday February 15 2009
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