Bradford City continued their renaissance this weekend with a huge 4-0 win against Walsall.
The Bantams had been League One’s crisis club and whilst there’s a long way still to go, they do appear to have turned a corner. Their destructive chairman has been ousted and manager David Hopkin is restoring a certain pride to the team.
They leapfrogged Bristol Rovers yesterday to go as high as third from bottom, but are just three points off safety now. At one point they appeared to be dead and buried after gutless displays and their ownership troubles, but finally their loyal fans can start returning to the Valley with pride.
One player who has been impressing is on loan midfielder Lewis O’Brien, a 20-year old on the books of Huddersfield Town. He took to Twitter to express his own delight at the performance.
Fanstastic performance from all the lads today! That result has been coming. Was a very cold one, but was worth freezing for a 4-0 win!?#bcafc
— Lewis O'Brien (@Lewis_OBrien98) December 15, 2018
He took the Man of the Match award on the club’s official Twitter page after turning in a competent and mature display to help drive his adopted side forward.
Whilst they’re not entirely out of the woods, a win against Scunthorpe United next weekend would see them on the cusp of getting out the bottom four. Manage that and they won’t look back.
O’Brien’s performance also drew the praise of many of the Bradford City supporters, as we’ve sampled below.
Could see you loved every minute of it. Proper slide tackle weather. Well done, our most consistent performer this season and I don’t know where you get your energy from you just never stop ????
— Leon Hobbes (@LeonHobbes) December 15, 2018
Don’t ever leave us! Cracking stand-out performance in a great team performance today! Up the Bantams #bcafc ??
— Ash (@ash_bantam) December 15, 2018
Take a bow today fella…you put a shift in and you stood out along with Ball and Payne. Apologies I left at 75 mins I was about to pass out it was that fecking cold ?
— Jim Illingworth (@therealjsi) December 15, 2018
If you was still cold you didn’t work hard enough 😉 only joking buddy, looked like u had a top game ??
— Leon (@Leon_9196) December 15, 2018
Outstabidng today. Player of season for me so far. Onwards and upwards now. Keep dominating that midfield lad ?
— Joel Harris (@joelharris07) December 15, 2018
I think I love you
— Jack Thompson (@jack_thompson11) December 15, 2018
I remember playing Swindon a few years ago, when a young @pritch_93 was on loan with them and ran the show and destroyed us. Not since then have I seen such young talent, you're going places @Lewis_OBrien98, I just hope it's with us for at least the rest of this season.
— Carl Watson (@WatsoniCarl) December 16, 2018
You was electric today mate. You have always played well but those runs today were amazing.Several times you cut back in from the left, it destroyed there defenders. Amazing. Well done you.
— Mark (@cromy1985) December 15, 2018