It’s been a week of change at Valley Parade for Bradford City as the Michael Collins experiment finally ran its course, with his replacement running not far behind.

It was Collins out, and former City player David Hopkin in the next day as the Bantams acted with extreme rapidity to get a man in ahead of this weekend’s away game against Blackpool.

City started the day with just six points on the board and in need of a win to keep them in touch with an ever-pulling away pack at the top of the table. For 84 minutes it looked good for City in their attempt to pull back a little ground at the top.

An Eoin Doyle penalty (59′) and a David Ball assisted Jack Payne goal (64′) had given the Bantams a two-goal advantage that they only had to shepherd out as the game clock kept on ticking ever closer to 90 minutes.

Even former Liverpool starlet Jay Spearing’s penalty (84′) shouldn’t have started too many alarm bells ringing for the visiting West Yorkshire side. When the same player stepped up for his second (88′), City’s players should have simply closed shop and awaited the rollicking that was to come for letting a two-goal lead slip.

That rollicking was exponentially greater when Curtis Tilt stepped up at the death (90′) to score the Seasiders third goals and cap an improbable come back. New City boss David Hopkin had this to say:

It was a performance that has also had Bradford City fans commenting on Twitter. In a way that is understandable, not many fans would expect a 2-0 lead to fall like a badly stacked house of cards so quickly, and with so little time left in the game. Here’s what Some Bantam’s fans were saying on Twitter:


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