Goals from ex-City forwards Jordan Gibson and Omari Patrick ensured defeat for Bradford away at Carlisle. After a promising start to the game, Bradford’s performance soon became passive, and they never really looked like getting anything from the game. Bradford will be hoping Andy Cook’s injury, which forced him to substituted in the first half, isn’t serious.
Bradford began the game brightly, and created their best chance of the afternoon within the opening minute. Lee Angol drove towards the byline and played a low cross into Carlisle’s penalty area. The ball seemed to be evading everyone, until Oscar Threlkeld connected with the ball using the outside of his foot, but his effort flew over the bar.
With 11 minutes on the clock, Bradford had another opportunity. Following a long throw into the area, the ball was cleared, but only as far as Yann Songo’o on the edge of the area. Songo’o struck the ball on the half volley, but his effort hit the side netting.
Ten minutes later, there was a turning point in the game. Andy Cook had not been moving as freely as he would have liked, and required treatment on the pitch. Cook continued for another seven minutes, but had to be replaced by Charles Vernam just before the half hour mark. From this point onwards, City’s attacks seemed disjointed, whilst there seemed to be no desire to win the ball back whilst defending.
And with half-time fast approaching, City were punished for sitting off Carlisle. The ball was played inside from the left to former Bantam Jordan Gibson. Gibson had too much time and space to turn on the edge of the box, before curling the ball exquisitely into the top corner of Sam Hornby’s goal, giving the hosts the lead going into the interval.
Following the interval, Bradford’s performance remained much the same. Despite a change of formation and bringing on another striker, City were never able to get a grip of the game in the second half.
Carlisle kept pushing for a second, but were struggling to fashion a real opportunity to put the game to bed. That was until three minutes from time, when another former City man, Omari Patrick, scored to seal the win.
A long ball was pumped forward by Carlisle, which Patrick was able to bring down expertly. The ex-City forward then managed to beat Fiacre Kelleher too easily, before slotting the ball past Sam Hornby.
Once the referee blew the full-time whistle, the atmosphere turned sour in the away end. The fans made their feelings felt with a loud chorus of boos, followed by a chorus of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt”. Also, for the first time this season, fans began to criticise Derek Adams, and his tactics. Whatever the problem is it, whether that is the players or the tactics, Bradford will be hoping to find a solution fast, because winning just three times since August isn’t good enough for Bradford City.