Bradford City’s season hasn’t been a complete disaster, but they are in serious danger of not regaining their League One status at the first time of asking.
The club has been in freefall since sacking Stuart McCall in January 2018, but even though their former manager is now back, things are still not right at Valley Parade. They were on the cusp of a play-off place when McCall left, whilst Saturday’s opponents were in the National League North.
The two met on a level playing field this weekend and the Bantams lost out, going down 2-0. They’re still four points ahead of Salford but have now lost five away games in a row, plus they’ve failed to win on their travels since October.
Ashley Hunter did the damage, his first a lovely effort from 25 yards following a pass from former Sunderland man Darron Gibson. His second, a run from inside his own half, had Bradford fans up in arms. Their players backed off, inviting Hunter him to beat Richard O’Donnell from distance, which he did with consummate ease.
Replays of that goal have been doing the rounds on Twitter and it is fair to say the defending was horrible. It’s indicative of their season so far; nobody took responsibility, nobody stood up and was counted and ultimately it led to a really weak goal.
This is what their fans have been saying all weekend about the strike.
Truly embarrassing. #bcafc
— h (@hc555) March 7, 2020
Well done reeves 110% tracking back there for the club, manager and fans ?? … if he cared little less about trying to look good flicking hair back pulling shorts up and flashing his thighs and actually got stuck in and passed forward he could be half decent #bcafc
— Matt Todd (@matttodd1727) March 7, 2020
What am I seeing. Runs from his own half without a single challenge. We’ve conceded so many goals like this. Awful. #bcafc
— South Coast Bantam (@CraigAndrew3) March 7, 2020
Your worst nightmare, that's what you're seeing.
That's a bunch of professionals???
Bollocks, stealing a wage
— ???????Yorkshire?? (@ACasualBantam) March 7, 2020
Sit off him… set off him.. no challenge… oh yes scored. It's like watching school kids. Abysmal
— Adam Lacey (@Lace_1978) March 7, 2020
That is simply pathetic #bcafc
— thebantams (@thebantams1903) March 7, 2020
Midfield shocking. Defence shocking. A total absence of basic football.
— Rich (@Bantam0045) March 7, 2020
It’s easy to defend like this when their is no consequence. Whos going to replace them? Who on the pitch is going to give a bollocking to the 5/6 players who can’t be arsed to tackle?!? We’ve needed a leader on the pitch for so long I can’t remember!
— Matt Morrow (@Matt__07) March 7, 2020