Normal service resumed for Bradford City as they returned to winning ways against promotion chasing Morecambe beating them 2-1.
After the awful weather had cancelled City’s fixtures versus Scunthorpe and Salford City the Bantams were back in action.
Interim Managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars named an unchanged 11 from the cancelled match against Scunthorpe. After 2 months out due to injury captain Richard O’Donnell returned to the bench. Danny Rowe also returned to the bench after nursing a cold.
Ex Bradford players Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Kelvin Mellor started for Morecambe. Midfielder Yann Songo’o returned to the starting 11 after a 2 game ban for foul and abusive language.
The home-side made a bright start and fashioned a great chance early on but Charles Vernam saw his shot whistle past the post.
Morecambe responded with a fizzing cross from Cole Stockton but Carles Mendes-Gomes tapped the ball wide.
Then on 8 minutes the Shrimps took the lead. John O’Sullivan shaped to cross but the ball sailed towards the goal and caught out keeper Sam Hornby and nestled into the top corner of the net.
City had grown into the game and were being patient in their build up. On 27 minutes the patience paid off, A tidy build up saw Levi Sutton tee up the advancing Anthony O’Connor and with the help of a hefty deflection found the net on his 100th league start for City.
In a half that had been a stop start, both sides went in level after Anthony O’Connor’s goal cancelled out O’Sullivan’s early wonder strike.
Half time: Bradford City 1-1 Morecambe
Morecambe could have retaken the lead early on into the half. Ex Bantam defender Kelvin Mellor stretched his legs and found space in the box but he made a mess of the opportunity and saw it sail way over the bar.
City responded with some brilliant build up play which saw Callum Cooke teed up, But he side footed the ball just wide of the goal.
The Lancashire outfit then created a great which saw Carlos Mendes-Gomez through one on one with Sam Hornby and if it wasn’t for a well timed challenge by Anthony O’Connor Mendes-Gomes would have scored.
Both sides were stepping up a gear and Bantams striker Andy Cook had a great chance to give City the lead. However his header from Anthony O’Connor’s cross was into the ground and easy for the keeper.
Then Danny Rowe came onto the field for Andy Cook and immediately he made an impact.
After riding the challenge of two defenders, Rowe set up Charles Vernam who took on the man, cut inside and curled into the far corner. Morecambe argued the toss that the oncoming Gareth Evans was offside and interfering with play, but the goal stood.
Vernam could have had a second, Rowe again causing trouble for the Shrimps backline. His chipped cross was met by Vernam but he guided his header over the bar.
Minutes later City could have added to their lead, a well worked set piece routine almost found a stretching Niall Canavan but the ball was just slightly ahead of him.
City held on for the victory in the end. A committed, patient display from the Bantams got the job done against a Morecambe side sitting just outside the playoffs. Bradford move up to 16th in the table. Morecambe move out of the play offs to 8th.
Full Time: Bradford City 2-1 Morecambe
Man of the Match: Gareth Evans