It was a case of déjà vu for the Bantams in their first game since the sacking of Derek Adams. Mark Trueman took interim charge for City, but he oversaw yet another spineless display as his side lost 2-0 to in-form Oldham.
The performance was almost a carbon copy of last week’s defeat to Exeter, as Bradford failed to do any of the basics correctly. Steve Evans, who is one of the favourites to be appointed the next City manager, was in attendance, and he will not have liked what he witnessed.
Trueman made few changes to the starting eleven and tactical setup that Adams used, and therefore rather unsurprisingly, Oldham took an early lead.
Nicky Adams whipped in a corner to the near post, which Hallam Hope connected with after getting ahead of his marker. Hope’s glancing header went through a sea of City players, before hitting the back of the net.
This was such a poor goal to concede from City’s perspective. However, like many times this season, Bradford failed to learn from their mistakes, as Oldham doubled their lead in similar fashion just five minutes later.
Nicky Adams played the ball into City’s area from another set piece. Andy Cook was first to meet the cross, but his attempted headed clearance diverted the ball to the back post. Davis Keillor-Dunn was left in acres of space, leaving him with the simple task of heading the ball past a helpless Alex Bass in City’s goal.
From this point on, Oldham were happy to give Bradford more of the possession, as the visitors never really looked like threatening. That was until Yann Songo’o almost scored a brilliant goal out of nothing at the start of the second half.
Callum Cooke played a floated free kick into Oldham’s penalty area. This time Oldham failed to clear, and the ball fell to Songo’o, who from a tight angle, attempted a spectacular volley. Songo’o wasn’t too far away from dragging City back into the contest, as his volley fizzed across the top of the crossbar.
Although, the faint chances of City getting anything from the game decreased even more when Paudie O’Connor saw red with 20 minutes to go.
The City skipper lost his cool after a duel with Hallam Hope, which led to most of the players having to separate the pair. O’Connor received a red card for his part in the tussle, whilst Hope received a yellow card.
Despite going down to ten men, City did have the ball in the back of the net.
Substitute Tom Elliott rose highest in the box and headed home a Callum Cooke corner from close range. Although, after consulting the linesman, the referee decided to disallow the goal for a foul on Oldham’s goalkeeper.
This decision was the final nail in City’s coffin, with many of the near 2000 travelling supporters having already left before the full-time whistle.
Bradford fans are really hoping that the hierarchy get the next managerial appointment right, as they are becoming increasingly frustrated with abysmal performances and even worse results.
City fans are now expecting to watch their side in League 2 for the fourth consecutive year next season. CEO Ryan Sparks said at the start of the season that he wouldn’t accept mediocrity at the club, but at the minute it feels as if they are accepting less than mediocre.