In their fifth meeting this season, Bradford again failed to beat Exeter, with the visitors running out 1-0 winners. Following a more positive display and result at Stevenage on Tuesday, Bradford fans were hoping for back-to-back victories, but instead they had to endure one of their side’s worst performances this season. The toothless display from the Bantams led to louder calls for Derek Adams to be sacked.
Following a bright opening five minutes from the Bantams, the visitors soon grew into the game, gaining control all over the pitch. And Exeter should have taken the lead at the mid-point of the first half.
Jevani Brown played a corner into Bradford’s penalty area. Former Bantam Tim Dieng rose the highest, but somehow headed the ball wide from six yards out.
However, just before the half-time interval, the visitors did take the lead, with Brown at the heart of Exeter’s attacking play again.
After some neat passing, Brown received the ball on the right flank. Brown spotted the run of Kieran Phillips in behind Bradford’s defence, and his pass was inch perfect. Alex Bass came running out, but found himself ion No Man’s Land as Phillips flicked the ball past him into an empty net.
On a rare attack in the 49th minute, Bradford looked to respond.
The home side kept switching the play, with no real joy in breaking the visitors down, until the ball was played inside to Levi Sutton. With acres of space in front of him and with no other options, Sutton hit a curling effort on goal, which Cameron Dawson comfortably parried away to safety.
This was as close as it got for the Bantams all afternoon, and shortly after the hour mark, Exeter nearly caught the Bantams out from a short corner.
Jevani Brown, once again causing issues for Bradford, played a short corner. The ball was quickly played to the edge of the area, with Jake Caprice lurking with intent. Caprice got on the end of a pass, and unleashed a fierce side-footed effort on goal, which forced Alex Bass into a smart stop.
Exeter kept pushing for a second, not allowing Bradford any sort of possession, and with ten minutes remaining, the visitors should have been out of sight.
Bradford missed a number of opportunities to clear the ball, before Brown played a clever ball into the path of Sam Nombe. Nombe ran to the byline, before cutting the ball back to Brown, who somehow missed the target despite being totally unmarked.
The miss didn’t prove costly, as Bradford were unable to create any real opportunities to find an equaliser.
The final whistle brought an end to an abysmal performance by Derek Adams’ side. They were dominated by a much fitter, more organised and more determined Exeter side.
All afternoon, Bradford were unable to keep hold of the ball, were unable to handle Exeter’s creative flare, and were unable to create anything going forward.
Patience is wearing thin with Derek Adams, whose stubborn tactics, alongside more recently his unwillingness to take any blame for poor results, is leading to ever-increasing calls for him to be sacked. Adams’ post-match comments about the fans making their feelings heard haven’t been well received by the City faithful.
Many are wondering if the Oldham curse will strike again next week, with many recent ex-City managers being sacked following defeats away at Oldham.