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:
The only positive from today – we actually resembled a football team when Ball and O’Brien came on. #bcafc
— Philip Ideson (@pideson) September 8, 2018
Simon, it was school boy stuff. It was lower than Sunday league. Lets be honest there was no leaders to see the game out We needed a killa type! It was just lump it and hope for the best. Route 1 stuff. And lets not kid ourselves we should never have been 2-0 up. Criminal to lose
— Statto (@bcafc2018) September 8, 2018
Ball and O’Brien bright spots today. Could definitely do with Reeves back (as I say every game). At least this one was exciting with a bit of effort! #bcafc
— Joe Gibson (@roflmusprime) September 8, 2018
No fitness coach has cost us dearly.
McGowan/O’Connor partnership will grow.
Midfield still a huge issue. #bcafc
— ⚽️Mowgli1977⭕️ (@mowgli1977) September 8, 2018
Who’d have thought that #bcafc fans would be desperate for the return of a bloke wearing an Alice Band ?
Jake Reeves you are Lionel Messi compared to our two senior central midfielders.
Please hurry back.
— Karl Cunliffe (@KDCunliffe) September 8, 2018
#bcafc don’t know who was in charge of player recruitment in the summer but they need to go, midfielders are shocking, full backs awful and the keeper is a liability
— allan furness (@mwnl) September 8, 2018
— James Baxter (@Jamesbaxterx) September 8, 2018
All because Edin and Stefan haven’t got their hand in their pockets. Injury’s totalling up so we have to play an inexperienced kid who has never played a league 1 game. Nothing like throwing them in the deep end. #bcafc
— WE ARE ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE WITH BRADFORD CITY!! (@TheBantams1983) September 8, 2018
Football the only thing I know that can have you buzzing your tits off one minute then feeling like you’ve been kicked in the balls a few minutes later #bcafc
— 😎 Daniel (@DStebbings) September 8, 2018
🗣 “It’s 3 mistakes, if we eradicate them, we win 2-0”
— RiotBadger™ (@riotbadger) September 8, 2018