A much-changed City side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Colchester on Easter Monday. Mark Hughes made six changes to the line up that played so well against Tranmere on Good Friday, with many of those playing for their futures at the club. However, their performance didn’t reflect that, and Colchester breezed past the Bantams far too easily.
One of the changes that raised the eye brows of the City fans was Oscar Threlkeld coming in at right back. The former Salford man had the chance to prove his many doubters wrong, but little over 15 minutes in, he was arguably at fault for the opening goal.
As Noah Chilvers played the ball towards the far post, Threlkeld was distracted by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu, leaving Myles Kenlock in acres of space. City’s full back was slow to close Kenlock down, giving him the time to slot the ball past Alex Bass to give the home side the lead.
City failed to react to going behind, and before half-time, Colchester doubled their lead, with Threlkeld taking centre stage once again.
A free kick from the half way line was played deep into City’s area. Tommy Smith wriggled away from Threlkeld far too easily, before heading the ball across to Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu who nodded home from close range.
Mark Hughes looked to change the course of the game at half-time, bringing off Threlkeld for Jamie Walker. The Hearts loanee was struggling to get into the game, but Lee Angol was looking bright after being substituted on later in the second half.
Just as City were beginning to build some pressure, they received their second red card in as many games. With Noah Chilvers going no where by the corner flag, Paudie O’Connor naively went through the back of the Colchester midfielder, receiving a second yellow for the challenge.
This red card killed off any chances of a comeback, and allowed Colchester to grab a third with 15 minutes to go. City were dispossessed in the middle of the park, and the home side swiftly made them pay, with Freddie Sears excellently guiding the ball into the top right corner of the net.
Mark Hughes admitted after the game that he can’t keep giving people chances to prove themselves. After some of the very poor individual performances, it’s likely we won’t see a number of the starting 11 play in claret and amber again. With just three games left, the end of this dreadful season can’t come quick enough for the City fans.