Date: 10th April 2009 at 5:30pm
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An insipid second half performance from the Bantams means that Stuart Mccall’s men are tonight returning home from Lancashire with nothing to show for their efforts.

A midweek draw for Chesterfield had seen Stuart McCall’s men slip to ninth in the table but when Matt Clarke rose to nod home in the 37th minute City fans everywhere were beginning to believe once again that the impossible might actually be possible.

This was, in theory, the easiest of our remaining games if we were to look solely at points gained by the opposition. Yet once again Stuart McCall will look on Christie Park and feel sick to his stomach.

Worse, he may never get a chance to lay to rest the ghosts of which so much was said in the build up to this game.

So, at half time the Bantams are winning, Shrewsbury are losing and whilst we may have played a game more than everyone else at least we’d won it. Points on the board are the most important issue at this stage of the season.

But whatever was said in the respective dressing rooms turned the match on its head. Stuart probably told the players to consolidate what they had, and but for a goal that was disallowed perhaps they might have done.

But such is football, if players lose their heads and focus disappears then we see what happens. Within 11 minutes of the restart all that we had was out of the window as Stuart Drummond headed home a Danny Adams cross to tie the match.

And with that what initative there had been with the Bantams was gone. The winning goal seemed increasingly inevitable as the hosts racked up more and more attempts at goal although when it came, Rene Howe’s long range effort was perhaps worthy of being a match winning goal.

Nevertheless, the Bantams should have held their lead. Once again they’ve been undone by a crossed goal into the box (they account for just about every other goal we’ve conceded this season) and with a bad decision the team has crumbled. There appears little or no leadership on the pitch and it is a concern that Stuart’s position is continually being undermined by performances like this.

Whilst true optimists might still suggest the season is not over they would be amongst the very small minority. With four games to go there are still 12 points to play for. But 2 points from 21 doesn’t make you think we’ll get anything more than one or two.

I said we’d have 8 points by now from our last 9 games. We’ve got 2. I thought we’d get 13 in total and that may or may not scrape the last playoff place. Results might have gone our way up until now but the gap is realistically too great because our form is too poor.

This summer looks like being a pretty miserable one. If Stuart leaves we return to being a club in turmoil. If Stuart stays then we’ve got a squad that was constructed on the basis of promotion. It’s not a recipe for enjoying the sunshine.

Still, happy Easter everyone