If Bradford City were a ship, they’d be an old wooden schooner at the moment. Weatherbeaten, thrown around, hull planks warped and taking on water faster than it could be bailed out.
Like a stone, a series of bad results saw them drop to the bottom of League One. There seemed little chance of reprieve, results and performances so bad that relegation looked increasingly a promise rather than a threat.
Yet, and thankfully so, the performances have picked up. Bantams fans saw their side unlucky to leave Peterborough’s London Road stadium with only a share of the points. It took a goal so far offside that a taxi was needed to meet the ball to deny the Bantams all three points.
That result and performance, allied to a hard-fought, extra-time FA Cup victory over Aldershot, set Bradford up for today’s game at home to Oxford United. It would be a Valley Parade crowd packed in further with many enticed by the offer of £1 tickets.
Cynics amongst the Bantams faithful might have said that, even at the price of £1, those extras attending were being overcharged. However, that didn’t prove to be the case as the £1 spent was repaid with glittering football and a more than decent three points.
City took the lead midway through the first half, right-back David Ball scoring on 25 minutes. Three minutes later it was midfielder Jack Payne’s goal that doubled the Bantams lead on 28 minutes. It was a quickfire brace that the Bantams took through to half-time.
The second-half was more of an anti-climax, with both sides pushing but no goals forthcoming for either. The only blot on the City copybook was an 86th-minute red card for Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
As it was, the two City goals midway through the opening 45 were enough to earn a welcome three points for the Bantams. They are still rooted to the bottom, level on points with AFC Wimbledon, but more importantly they are within touching distance of safety – just four points separating them from Oxford in 20th place.
Here’s how some Bradford City fans reacted. First up, the reaction around half-time
Half-time reaction from ebullient Bantams fans
— Enough Of That Now (@AndyGilder) November 24, 2018
Brilliant from Bradford City for a change… keep it up lads!!#bcafc
— Jamie (@jamiejoemorgan) November 24, 2018
Reminder that it’s exactly EIGHT MONTHS to the day that #bcafc last won at home on a Saturday …
— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) November 24, 2018
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TWO GOALS??? am I dreaming??? #bcafc
— anwen (@_AnwenSmith_) November 24, 2018
Even bookmakers Sky Bet got in on the action.
⏰ THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) November 24, 2018
Joyous Bantams fans at the end of the game.
— Sam P (@spamvicious) November 24, 2018
A WIN!! BRADFORD BRADFORD BONG BOING!!!!!!#BCAFC
— 🍋 (@Jakedanashb) November 24, 2018
WE WON A GAME #BCAFC
— Nathan (@BcafcNathan) November 24, 2018
As soon as I’m out of vp I’m partying about this #bcafc
— Jamie Gash (@JamieGash3) November 24, 2018
— Craig Andrew (@CraigAndrew3) November 24, 2018