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2 talking points to emerge following Bradford City 2-2 Bristol Rovers
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Despite doubling Bristol Rovers shots last Saturday, Bradford City were left frustrated to be held to a 2-2 draw in West Yorkshire.
Bradford fans and players alike were left frustrated and ruing their missed chances, as Derek Adams side managed to conjure just four shots on target from their nineteen taken.
The Bantams did take a first half lead via Charles Vernam, who is fast becoming a fan favourite at the Utilita Energy Stadium, as the former Burton Albion winger pounced on Yann Songo’o’s saved header, calmly volleying home.
Heading into the second half, Joey Barton’s half-time talk clearly had the desired effect as the Gas immediately responded, with Alfie Kilgour powering a header past Richard O’Donnell from Antony Evans’ corner.
Bradford weren’t to be taken lightly, as some nice build-up play was cooly finished by Andy Cook, before Bristol Rovers would break Bantams hearts, with journeyman forward Brett Pitman heading past the outstretched O’Donnell.
But what are the two talking points to take from this stalemate?
Lack of finishing prowess
It’s never nice to concede in the dying seconds, but it’s even worse when you shouldn’t be in that position in the first place. Bradford dominated the opening seventy minutes, having several chances squandered and failing to capitalise on some poor defending.
But it was the lack of finishing that killed Bradford, denying the three points. It wasn’t a lack of chance creating for the home side, but more a lack of being able to take those chances, something which has damaged the club too many times this season.
Failing to score in six games this season, Adams refusal to change formation is a sign that he wants clubs to fear Bradford and to have to change against them, but perhaps it’s time for some experimentation. Cook has been too isolated up top a number of times, and perhaps the addition of a second striker, such as Theo Robinson or Caolan Lavery, could help aid Cook’s striking antics.
Heading into the Hartlepool United fixture on Tuesday night, Bradford must adapt and prepare now, with some serious shooting training required.
For Bristol Rovers supporters, it was clear why there was such a negative reaction to the type of football Barton has got his side playing.
Despite playing the same formation as Bradford, Bristol Rovers failed to play any quality football, opting to sit back and soak up the Bantams pressure before hoofing clear, it felt as if the Gas were happy to scrape a draw from the game. No fan wants to watch their team be pelted with chances, even if they did get to witness a last minute equaliser.
The Gas currently sit in 16th position and the supporters are clearly frustrated with the performance on the pitch rather than the position off of it, with Barton’s style of football coming off as negative and dull to watch. With a refusal to attack and an urge to sit back on results and grind out points, it’s not the sort of football that gets promotion, something the fans are hoping for.