Date: 29th December 2008 at 3:56pm
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The Ginger Messiah is under no illusions that yesterday’s result flattered his men as he reflected on the 4-0 win in the Telegraph & Argus.

The last time Bradford City had won by such a comprehensive margin in the league was 5 years ago against Gillingham in the season after our relegation from the Premier League. It wasn’t the only time that we enjoyed a four goal cushion that year and on that occasion the goals came from such forgotten names as Ashley Ward, Jamie Lawrence and Danny Cadamarteri. That day we were 3-0 up by half time but yesterday come the interval few would have predicted the way the match would turn out.

Stuart McCall said ‘we were very poor first half and could only get better. But it`s strange how football works.

We played better at Brentford and got nothing and we were better at Lincoln on Boxing Day, when we only drew 0-0.

We`ve got to play better than that and were sloppy for long periods. But we will have the three points all day long and it takes us into the new year on a high.

We never really got the ball in the right areas and were very fortunate to come in at half-time leading, without a doubt.

Morecambe didn`t create that many chances but they were certainly in the ascendancy and we weren`t at the races.

We needed to finish the year on a positive note and obviously the scoreline is very flattering. But it`s the third clean sheet on the bounce which I`m pleased about and we had to defend a lot of set-pieces.

The ball was like a magnet to Graeme Lee`s head and Barry as well. We know there are so many goals scored in this league from free-kicks and corners so you`ve got to defend them well.

Sometimes when you win 4-0 that gets glossed over but it was very important.’


There are many reasons to be cheerful about this game and this performance – the third clean sheet in a row has brought a much needed confidence boost to our defenders; the conversion of chances by 4 different players has also brought our goal difference figures closer to our nearest rivals and it was a great way to finish the year and look ahead to 2009. At the close of 2007 we found ourselves in 16th place having taken 27 points from our opening 23 games. As 2008 got under way so did the hitherto misfiring Bantams more than doubling their points haul by the end of the year. Should Stuart McCall’s men go into 2009 as they have finished 2008 then those cut-price season tickets really will look like bargains!

However, a note of caution. Two years ago we beat Crewe 4-0 in the FA Cup, that year we got relegated. Furthermore, despite starting the 2001/02 season so strongly we faded badly. The last time we performed as well as this was in 1998/99 when we had 40 points at the half way stage. Our automatic promotion was only assured on the final day of the season. Performances like yesterdays will ensure this season comes down to the wire.

Sammy McIlroy was clearly chagrined at the result of yesterday’s game as he said ‘I`ve been in football a long time and I cannot believe that scoreline. I thought we played some fantastic stuff sometimes.

Stuart McCall was man enough to admit to me afterwards that it was the wrong scoreline, though obviously it`s easier to say when you`ve come out on top.

But Bradford have got quality players like Steve Jones, who was a Northern Ireland player with me, and big Barry Conlon. And I thought Graeme Lee was outstanding – I tried to sign him with a couple of clubs but unfortunately we can`t pay those wages.’