A few games back and Bradford City looked like a holed raft about to go over rocky rapids – things did NOT look good.
Stuck to the bottom of the table, seven points and many goals from safety, things still don’t look too rosy. Today the Bantams faced League One’s leading scorers in Peterborough, many fearing that a hiding was on the cards.
However, the West Yorkshire side were able to stem the recent haemorrhaging of goals, the very creditable 1-1 draw seeing them end a six-game losing streak. It was a streak so bare and laid open that had it been a person then they’d have been charged under public decency laws.
That six-game streak started with a 2-1 loss to Sunderland, took in 16 goals conceded and saw two four-goal pastings. Yet it is now over, the Peterborough parity seeing a steadily rocking craft being brought back level.
It was a much, much improved performance by Bradford City today, they led the Posh for much of the game thanks to the following 12th minute opener:
⚽️ 12′ | GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL | The ball comes to Hope Akpan, who moves it wide to Anthony O’Connor and he hammers it into the back of the net! City lead!
— Bradford City (@officialbantams) November 17, 2018
It wasn’t a magnificent performance, but there were flashes of magnificence. In all honesty it was a battling, hard-fought performance by the Bantams that was only marred by a controversial equaliser on the hour from Ivan Toney.
Toney was played through on goal by the impressive Marcus Maddison. the Peterborough striker making no mistake and sweeping it past Richard O’Donnell in the City goal. Protests aplenty followed, the Peterborough forward looking a long way offside. despite these protests, with David Hopkin discussing matters with the referee, the goal stood.
That is how the game ended, both sides playing their part in an entertaining encounter. It might have been a case of two points dropped for the Bantams, but the level of performance must give them hope going forwards.
Here’s how some of their fans reacted to the game, and the improved performance against Peterborough at the ABAX Stadium:
Feel like the tide has turned today, atmosphere and feeling around the club has changed massively in the days since Edin has stepped back ( hopefully gone) #bcafc
— Coyley (@CoyleyBantam) November 17, 2018
Edin Rahic backs off. David Hopkin signs someone HE recruited. He also begins to make progress on bringing in his own back room staff. Following Sky Sports articles, Hopkin is left to set out the team how he likes. Rupp nowhere to be seen.
We win the following Saturday. #bcafc
— _ (@tomm_0113) November 17, 2018
Massive point today, Shame it wasn’t three, hopefully the beginning of a revival that’s much needed. #BCAFC
— Sam Sunter (@sjsunter) November 17, 2018
Fantastic point for #bcafc
Any point away from home is good but to high flyers Peterborough yeah give them credit where it’s due.
— Christopher Lane (@Chris_Lane1989) November 17, 2018
Excellent point that #bcafc
— Josh Spruyt (@JoshSpruyt) November 17, 2018
— Chris Hilton (@ChrisHilton83) November 17, 2018