Following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at Bradford City, here are some views on the game from the Bantams’ manager Peter Taylor and a few of their fans.
Taylor was delighted with the win and pleased with his side’s improved second-half performance.
“It was a very important three points,” he said. “You saw the difference in the two teams in the first half when they looked very confident and we looked nervous.”
“Wycombe have had a good season and they are playing with confidence, whereas we looked a bit edgy.”
“First-half we didn’t quite show enough quality on the ball, but in the second-half I think we showed a bit more quality and desire.”
“We carried on working hard, the crowd got behind us even more and we scored at a very important time, which gave us a big boost.”
“We said at half-time that we’d be happy to win ugly at the moment and I think perhaps that’s what we did today.”
The Bradford fans weren’t too impressed with Wycombe and were just relieved to finally get a win under their belts.
The following extracts are taken from the Bradford City Official Message Board and Claret & Banter.
‘The dummy throw-in before the goal was simple yet so effective. Flynn made everyone think he was going to throw a monster long one into the box, so everyone backed off and waited in the box, but it was a total dummy and we took a short one, crossed it and scored.’
Midland Road Man wrote:
‘Everyone played better second half. We were at it from the off with a much better tempo. Ellison deserved man of the match and had a very good debut.’
‘I can’t remember the last time I saw a better all round debut by a city player. Ellison was superb today, winning headers, chasing down, tracking back and of course scoring the winner. He really got the crowd going. City played better in the second half, but I wish we played with more width. Overall, the performance wasn’t great but the excitement was back.’
Johnny Yen wrote:
‘We were fortunate that Wycombe’s finishing was woeful today as we could have easily lost this game by an odd goal.’
‘Some of Gareth Ainsworth’s passes today were brilliant. Three balls he played in the first half were quality and almost caught us out. Even off the pitch he was standing outside the dugout shouting-on his fellow players’
‘Ainsworth was certainly the best player by a mile in the first half, couldn’t understand why they took him off to be honest.’
‘We were pretty awful today. Apart from Ellison and O’Brien barely anyone had a decent game.’
‘How poor were Wycombe though? I thought Bury were much better than them. You do wonder sometimes how we’re struggling down the bottom and teams like Wycombe are in the top three.’
‘Wycombe were woeful. We didn’t play that well, it’s just that we had 3 or 4 players who were really good and Wycombe were really dire’
‘Couldn’t understand our first-half formation. Whenever I’ve seen Ellison play he’s played out wide left rather than coming inside and Dobie is an out and out centre forward and not a right midfielder. Second-half was excellent and fair play to Taylor for changing it. Wycombe’s formation first-half was absolutely spot on, they made the pitch huge by using the width and if they had put better crosses in or worked it better we’d have been in trouble.’
The Master wrote:
‘Wycombe looked fragile for a team in the top-three – we overpowered them physically.’
Heaton Bantam wrote:
‘The ref was spot on with their penalty appeal. Their player deliberately slowed down looking for Hunt to run into him. Hunt couldn’t get out of the way and the ref saw that.’
Midland Road Man wrote:
‘It should have been a penalty and a red card.’
‘We battled hard today and it was good to see. Wycombe had a good chance cleared off the line early doors, and if that had gone in, then I’m sure that it would have been a different game.’
‘I didn’t think we played any better than usual.’
Next Game: Southend v Wycombe – Tues 15th Feb – 7.45pm