Date: 9th April 2017 at 12:35pm
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1. City’s valuable 2-0 away win moves us up to joint 3rd, with Fleetwood losing away to Oldham Athletic by the same margin. With both City and Fleetwood even on points (72) and goal difference (+18), Fleetwood are listed 3rd due to them scoring more goals, 58 to our 57.

2. The last time a game ended 2-0 between Bradford City and Bury was an away win for City at Gigg Lane in April 1999. Our very own Stuart McCall started that day helping us complete the double, the goals came compliment of an own goal by Darren Bullock with the legendary Dean Windass scoring the 2nd just before half time.

3. City has now scored a brace in 4 of their last 5 away games, the exception a 1-1 draw to Charlton. The 2-0 win over Bury also makes it 2 clean sheets on the trot and 17 consecutive games now we have got the ball into the back of the net. The last game we failed to score was away to Shrewsbury mid January losing 1-0.

4. Charlie Wyke has now scored 7 goals in 13 games, but what is surprising, the 2nd goal at Gigg Lane was Wyke’s first away goal for City. His last away goal came in a 3-2 win for Carlisle over Notts County back in December. This latest goal gives Wyke a quarter of a century of goals this season, 25. The win also marks Mark Marshall’s 5th goal of the season, 2 shy of his best tally of 7 in a single season with both Port Vale (2014/15) and Barnet (2010/11).

5. With Bolton and Fleetwood losing, City and Fleetwood are now 7 points off automatic promotion. We (and Fleetwood) would need Bolton to lose 3 of their last 4 matches and then better their other result to overhaul their points and goal difference. Another promotion could be confirmed for Phil Parkinson in the next round of League 1 fixtures if both City and Fleetwood lose and Bolton win.

Around the ground with the exes.

1. Fabian Delph, one of the highest rated players to come out of Bradford City’s youth set up, scored the 3rd goal for Man City beating Hull 3-1. This was Man City’s first win in 5 games, losing 2 and drawing 2 of their previous 4. In only his 12th appearance this season, Delph has netted his 2nd and his first in the league this season, the other goal coming in the Champions League at home to Steaua Bucharest.

2. Garry Thompson scored a brace for Wycombe after going 2 goals down at home to Cheltenham Town who were reduced to 10 men between Thompson’s goals. This wasn’t enough against 10 man Cheltenham as they equalised and made it 3-3 on 83 minutes.

3. Gareth Evans slotted in a penalty to give Portsmouth an early lead and help them to a 3-1 home win over Yeovil, the result increasing Pompey’s margin to 8 points above the play offs with 5 games remaining. This was Evan’s 14th goal for the South Coast club in 2 seasons, the same total he scored for City between 2009/11.

4. Chris Dagnall scored Crewe’s 2nd and helped them to a 2-0 lead away to Accrington Stanley. Stanley scored 2 goals within 4 minutes each side of the hour mark and then found the winning 3rd goal on 79 minutes ending Crewe’s streak of 3 consecutive wins. Dagnall has scored 14 goals this season, 9 of which have come in the last 9 games.

5. Scott Loach helped York to a clean sheet beating Chester away 2-0. This result lifts York out of the relegation zone up into 19th. York went into the weekend in 22nd place. The relegation fight is very close in the Conference, York is sat above Woking and Braintree purely due to goal difference with Braintree topping the relegation places.

Well done to

James Hanson, Marc McNulty and Chris Wilder (and the rest of Sheff U) on securing promotion. James Hanson of course had played for City longer than Spain has wanted Gibraltar and achieved a promotion back in 2013 via the play offs. McNulty was a loanee and scoring his only City goal in the 1-1 draw home to Southend, how crucial will that point be? Chris Wilder played for City 19 years ago for a season and since his playing days, has had a very successful management career, gaining promotion with Alfreton, Oxford, Northampton Town last year and now Sheffield United, the only exception was Halifax.
Well done lads and a great advertisement for Yorkshire football.

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