Date: 23rd September 2008 at 11:51am
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The fact he even might be says all you need to know about the instant gratification football fans crave. Saturday was a bad day at the office, we lost to a relegated side who have just had a new manager looking to freshen things on the pitch and get the first win of the season.

Prior performance does not necessarily dictate present results. Look at Macclesfield for confirmation of that, or Chester, or us. Football is brilliant because of what it throws up on Saturday afternoon. Because when one side isn’t at the races the other can pull off an upset. Because when a manager hatches a masterplan and his team stick to it they can unlock even the most stubborn of teams.

And yet, we’re still third. Hardly any reason to panic and Stuart McCall in his post-match reflections echoed those sentiments. Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus he said ‘I`ve played in successful sides that throughout the season have lost three or four at home. There are games when you`re wondering what`s gone wrong but you learn to get on with it and move on.

Bournemouth clicked and had a good day. We had an off day; I`m not going to make a crisis out of it.

There`s a lot of football to be played and we will have disappointments along the way, as I keep saying.’


Saturday marks the first real challenge to Bradford City’s ‘promotion’ credentials. Alongside ourselves Shrewsbury Town were placed as favourites for promotion and their start has been impressive. However, it was last season and that ultimately turned into a bit of a nightmare for the club.

City will travel south hoping to dispel memories of last season where Stuart’s second game in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat from an 8th minute penalty and also saw Paul Evans’ only contribution in Claret & Amber, a shot that the Shrews keeper produced a miraculous save to deny.

Stuart continued ‘now we`ve got a tough game coming up on Saturday at Shrewsbury. But whether we win, lose or draw it won`t say we`re going to go up or not.

My view of where we are isn`t going to change just because of one defeat in September. We`ve lost one game of football at home – there`s no need to panic.

We went to the top of the league and people were suddenly saying we`re going to do this and that. Nobody`s shouting that from the rooftops around here and I pulled Joe on Saturday morning after what he`d been saying.

Bournemouth came with a system that was very rarely used in football, with three centre backs and a diamond in front of that. It was something we didn`t come to terms with.

We had to move the ball quickly and get it into the wide areas where we had the extra men but we didn`t do that well enough.

But will we learn and work on it for when teams come and do that again.

I`ll analyse the game again but it`s gone now and we`re not going to mope. We`ve still had a good start, winning five out of seven.

The lads came in yesterday nice and bright for training and we`ll look to build again for Shrewsbury.’


Jimmy Quinn showed incredibly tactical ingenuity. Unfortunately we set ourselves up as we had done for the previous games. We’ve been bitten once, and now that teams have seen how they can nullify our threat we need to make sure that it doesn’t happen for a second time. And, if it does, the players have been coached on how to adapt.