The Opposition View - Bradford City
Following last night's 1-0 defeat to Bradford City at Valley Parade, here are some views on the game from Bantams' boss Phil Parkinson and a few of their fans.
Parkinson said: "I haven`t looked at the league table in all honesty. It was just important we got the home win. We`ve got five home games left and it was important our supporters saw a spirited performance. We can build on that."
"The first one`s in the bag. We put a lot of work in and the lads have earned their day off. We played well and were competitive all over the pitch. The difference to other home games is that we got a goal when we had a period of pressure, which we`ve not been able to do."
"I felt confident we would have got a second but we showed more resilience to make sure we got the points. It was a thoroughly deserved victory."
"Ricky Ravenhill`s first-half performance set the tone. It becomes infectious when you`ve got someone playing like that with their heart on their sleeve. It was as good a midfield display as any of our players have put in for a long while. He did his job excellently."
Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth wasn`t happy afterwards, saying: "It`s not as if I didn`t warn my boys, they knew what was coming. We started the game a little bit slower than Bradford and it was won and lost in the first five minutes. Physically we were a bit short tonight. It was a very workmanlike performance from Bradford. Their two front lads didn`t give our lads a rest."
Bradford City fans were happy with a long overdue three points and some are still dreaming of a late challenge for the play-offs. They didn`t think much of the Chairboys though…
The following extracts are taken from the claretandbanter forum
"We were certainly improved on our more recent home performances. From the off, there was a desire, tempo and urgency to our game to force proceedings. The early goal obviously helped in terms of confidence and whilst we didn't add to it, we looked more capable going forward than we have recently. We defended well and whilst it wasn't an exhilarating game, it was competitive and we deserved the win. We were positive, aggressive and it was definitely a step in the right direction."
"Decent solid performance tonight, it would have been a travesty if Wycombe would have got anything."
"A low key game which we never looked in danger of losing."
bantam mania13 wrote
"Really good to watch tonight we looked more capable going forward, closed down well all over the pitch like we did at the beginning of the season, defended solidly and it was a hard fought 1-0 win and the lads really earned that tonight."
Harrogate Bantam wrote
"Wycombe were that bad we looked good."
"Once we took the lead we never really looked in danger of losing the game. In fact, we have a very good record at home after we take the lead and it`s important we attack teams early as we did tonight. Jon McLaughlin didn`t really have a great deal to do to be honest. One of their lads missed a sitter (header) early in the second half, but I can't remember them troubling Mac elsewhere. Even Ainsworth himself had to be brought off the bench to try rescue a late goal, but it was a professional display in which we probably did deserve the win, which was a fair reflection of how the game panned out."
"A very professional display, if only we could have managed that a few weeks ago! A pretty comfortable 1-0er against another average team who set up in a horrible fashion. Glad we got the early goal as you could feel the tension just lift when it went in!"
"We deserved a few more goals first half. Second half age old problem, plenty of decent crosses and good build up play with the lion`s share of possession, but failed to work their goalkeeper. Wycombe were made to look pretty ordinary."
"A scrappy game with a lot of hoof ball, But a win, is a win, is a win and the players worked hard for it and deserved the result."
"It is funny what three points does for people`s perception. I thought the second half was as bad as it's got all season. We seemed torn between trying to let a really poor side back into the game or setting the world record for booting the ball out of play the most times."
the truth wrote
"The only difference between last night's game and umpteen others is one crept in. Other than that their goalkeeper had nothing to do despite a spirited performance."
City Til I Die wrote
"A rubbish game that we never looked like losing. I thought we looked great in the first twenty minutes then went off the boil a bit. Wycome were poor but it`s a good three points and our first league win at home this year."
Next: Burton Albion v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Kick-off 3.00pm