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Gathering my thoughts.

May 6, 2013

From the euphoria of Thursday night, to the absolute despair of yesterday… the rollercoaster of emotions of being a football fan.

I bloody hate rollercoasters; for a bit yesterday I hated being a football fan.

Were we to make it to Wembley, my plan was to enjoy a celebratory drink or 6 after the game as I suspect most of you would have. Obviously we lost, so after visiting the club shop to enquire about some tankards I dawdled home alone, hearing jubilant Bantams singing away in the distance.

I decided that when Mel got back from work, we’d head off somewhere to grab some dinner. And just forget about football.

Mel was tired so we compromised on a stroll up the road to McDonalds. Where several Bradford City fans in their shirts were also ‘dining’.

So much for forgetting about football for the afternoon.

I wasn’t in the mood for writing about it, so settled down and watched a dvd instead.

My views on yesterday are you can’t blame Rowett for starting with the same formation that worked so well at Bradford. At times it was a 3 up front with Maghoma and McDonald pushing on so well and causing numerous problems. And who exactly could you drop from Diamond, Holness, or Sharps who performed admirably up at Valley Parade?

I know our success at home this season has been through playing 4-4-2, but Lee Bell was a massive part of the success and he was suspended. Playing 4-4-2 with Weir and Macca yesterday wasn’t the answer for me… yes maybe you could’ve started Diamond and Weir in CM together and dropped Macca for Kee, but hindsight is brilliant isn’t it? And like I say, the formation worked absolutely brilliantly up at Bradford…

And if Andrew Davies hadn’t have been back in the visitor’s starting line-up, I think the formation could’ve worked brilliantly again. Remember, we were arguably the better team until their goal.

As it was Andrew Davies had a great game, and Bradford put in a strong team performance.

What disappointed me the most was how the game just kind of petered out. There was no late prolonged spell of pressure from us that you expect when we’re chasing a game in front of the Bovril Terrace.

It just left me very deflated and disappointed that we ended up putting in a poor display like that when there was so much at stake; when we know what this squad of players is capable off.

Then you take a step back. You realise what the team have acheived this season. Right from that lovely sunny day in Sheffield back in August, through to last Thursday’s euphoric night in West Yorshire…

We finished 4th with the best home record in the Football League. Produced 3 Cup upset’s – all away from home! And as supporters we’ve been treated to some fantastic football, numerous brilliant memories… and a team we can be very proud of once again.



From → The Albion.

One Comment
  1. You’ll be up there challenging again next season.

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