‘Back the fans and sack Bowyer’ – These furious Bradford City fans are not happy after the club thanks them for their support following a disappointing result

Bradford City fans expectation of an immediate return to League One were dealt another blow on Saturday after they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at a resurgent Oldham Athletic.

After watching high profile departures such as Eoin Doyle and James Vaughan in the transfer window, just short of 2000 hardy souls made the trip across the Pennines to watch Gary Bowyer’s men drop out the playoff positions.

An extremely lacklustre performance allowed Oldham to run riot after the game finally kicked-off half an hour late.

The delay was due to an advertising hoarding becoming dislodged, presenting health and safety concerns, which reflected the current state of the Latics, with recent reports suggesting all is not well behind the scenes at one of the Premier League’s founder members.

However, once the game started, improving Oldham were 3-0 up before the break, through goals by Dearnley, Smith, and Maouche.

The win moved Oldham into comfortable mid-table after a six-game unbeaten run. The performance was a further example of the excellent job Dino Maamria is doing at Boundary Park in testing circumstances, which is in stark contrast to the pressure mounting on Bantams boss Gary Bowyer at Valley Parade.

The reaction to a tweet from the club thanking the supporters who made the trip to Oldham perfectly highlighted the antipathy towards their under-fire boss.

Many fans took the opportunity to tell the club exactly what they thought of Bowyer and the direction the club is heading.

It would not have been comfortable reading for the Bantams hierarchy, as the following selection of responses illustrates.

 

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