A sixth defeat in seven put a sorry end to Bradford City’s 2020-2021 season after they lost out 2-0 to Morecambe.
Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars made three changes to the side who drew 0-0 with Scunthorpe United last week. Youngster Jorge Sikora started alongside player of the season Paudie O’Connor in centre back. Andy Cook started up front with Lee Novak.
It was a big day for Morecambe, they’re fate of either automatic promotion or a spot in play offs would be decided with a win and results elsewhere going they’re way.
Derek Adams was however without former City player Kelvin Mellor after his red card against Bolton. Nathaniel Knight-Percival did start against his old club. Another big addition for the Shrimps was the return of Carlos Mendes-Gomes.
There seem to be some early nerves amongst the Morecambe ranks with the visitors settling earlier and playing with fluidity and confidence.
The nerves would soon be tamed when the Shrimps had back to back chances, first Brad Lyons saw his shot parried away by Sam Hornby, then Liam McAlinden saw his shot bounce off the post.
Morecambe were starting to up the tempo and Ryan Cooney saw his moment to try his luck, his effort however sailed wide.
The change in tempo soon paid off for the automatic promotion hopeful’s. A well worked goal opened the Bantams defence and saw Toumani Diagouraga play in McAlinden who slotted past Hornby.
The break came with Morecambe having the better chances but City having the lion share of possession but failing to really utilise that stat.
Half-Time: Morecambe 1-0 Bradford City
Morecambe looked to carry on where they left in the first half. Diagouraga’s snap volley from 20 yards flew past the post.
The hosts would soon have their second, a long ball was latched onto by Mendes-Gomes who showed some good footwork and laid it off to Cole Stockton who fired past Hornby.
It took the Bantams 76 minutes to have a shot on target. Substitute Clayton Donaldson got a toe onto Jordan Stevens cross but the effort was an easy save for Kyle Letheren.
In added time, Billy Clarke nearly grabbed a consolation for City. His diving header was well saved by Letheren.
With results not going their way, Morecambe will look forward to a play off semi-final against Tranmere Rovers whereas City will prepare for another season of League two football as the door shuts on the 2020-21 season.
Full Time: Morecambe 2-0 Bradford City
Man of the match: Jorge Sikora
On his first start for City, the young man showed good signs to look forward to in the future.
Article written by Matthew Ward