Bradford City boss Graham Alexander has praised his side after their comeback victory away from home at Doncaster Rovers on Friday night.
With Christmas just around the corner, Bradford fans will be delighted with the early gift they got just three days before the 25th.
Joe Ironside threatened to steal the away fans’ festive spirit as he opened the scoring in the Yorkshire Derby after only seven minutes. but the Bantam’s were not going to let their unbeaten league run end so easily.
The almost 3,000-strong away following were treated to an equaliser only 20 minutes later, as Andy Cook got his side back level before he assisted strike partner Tyler Smith just before the break.
Their lead was solidified in the 85th minute as Cook wrapped up the three points for his side, taking their winning run to four league matches in a row.
Alexander, who only arrived at Valley Parade in November, three weeks after being let go by MK Dons, was full of praise for his side in comments made to the club’s official website.
“I am delighted with the players once again,” the 52-year-old stated.
“We have had a lot going our way in the previous games, especially scoring the first goal. So, we knew at some point we would face a challenge like we did in terms of going a goal down early on.
“I was intrigued to see how the team would respond when it did happen. The response I saw was absolutely fantastic. I did not see any of the players take a step back, we just carried on with the game and our plan. That is a massive sign of the progress we have made with this group.”
The loss does now leave Doncaster winless in their last three, with games against promotion hopefuls Notts County and Mansfield Town rounding off their 2023 fixtures.
Bradford face Morecambe and league leaders Stockport County in their festive fixtures in a bid to climb in the play-off places.
Alexander did not impress in his time at MK Dons, yet it is starting to seem like that was simply a case of a manager not fitting a squad, or vice-versa, as the former Motherwell boss deserves great credit for the way Bradford are playing right now.
With their strike-partnership firing and the possibility of recalling Jake Young in January, the Bantams may go from strength to strength and promotion could become a real possibility.