Bradford City recorded their first win since the appointment of Stuart McCall, overcoming Stevenage 3-1 after going a goal down in the first half.
The Bantams were fresh from a disappointing late draw at home to a resurgent Grimsby Town side when they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time, but didn’t let it get them down as they managed to build on it under new manager Stuart McCall.
There were definite positive signs already in his first game and that grew last night when they managed to come from behind at home to Stevenage to win 3-1, with two goals from Shay McCartan just after half time seeing the hosts take the lead before Lee Novak sealed the win deep into stoppage time.
Novak has hit the ground running at the Utilita Energy Stadium since signing in January, scoring two in his first two games, while McCartan has had contrasting form this season, scoring just one league goal all campaign before tonight.
There were a number of solid performances from the Bantams as they created a handful of decent chances, with Jake Reeves’ boundless energy setting the tone, despite the fact that he’s battled with a serious injury for the past two years.
The club’s twitter account ran a poll to see who the fans believed the Man of the Match was on the night, with McCartan claiming the accolade with a whopping 64% of the vote after his goals turned the game on its head, pipping Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood, and Dylan Mottley-Henry in the vote.
However, a lot of fans were keen to notice one or two names that didn’t receive enough praise for their efforts…
BRE is in there but Reeves isn’t 😂😂
— Mac 🔴🔶 (@MilligansJr) February 11, 2020
— Sam Drake (@BCAFCSHD) February 11, 2020
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Reeves was outstanding tonight. Ran miles for us.
— Ollie Button (@OllieButton1) February 11, 2020
Your 4 choices are often weird. Tonight a case in point. I can see why McCartan there but he was dreadful in the first half ( and body language poor ). Reeves has to be in there. DMH shouldn’t be. Can I also give a shout to O’Connor.
— Al Tereego (@Al_Tereego) February 11, 2020
McCarten deserves it because of the goals but Reeves and Novak stood out tonight #bcafc
— Mark Wright (@MarkWri10011180) February 11, 2020
Novak, Wood and Reeves. Same as on Saturday.
— NiB (@Nige_in_Bingley) February 11, 2020
Did well taking his goals did McCartan, Connor Wood however, best 90 mins from a city player in a long time 🔥
— Adam Connolley (@Adz_Con) February 11, 2020
— Mason (@Mason95707626) February 11, 2020
No Jake reeves? Who picks these.
— Richard (@aussiebantam) February 11, 2020
Jake Reeves joint motm tonight covered every blade of grass due to Akpan only covering 3 and that's been generous
— martin (@mfannon45) February 11, 2020
Reeves has been out 2 years, has had an expected dip in form, but BOSSED that midfield and put Akpan o shame! Ok Reeves loses the ball now and again but God did he cover the ground tonight. Akpan should be ashamed of himself. Terrible performance yet again. Just dump him please!
— Beeky Bantam (@AJBeeca) February 11, 2020