BY CHRIS GALLAGHER
Losing a play-off final is one of the most disappointing experiences for any Football League club.
Therefore, having suffered last season, Bradford City boss Stuart McCall deserves huge credit for the Bantams start to the new campaign.
He had to contend with several key players such as Rory McArdle, James Meredith and Mark Marshall leaving during pre-season, with speculation surrounding the manager himself over the summer.
But, having stayed, the Yorkshire club look well placed to have another crack on returning to the Championship and have really shown what they’re about in their last two tough games.
A televised 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers saw Bradford playing with great intensity and power as striker Charlie Wyke got back on the score-sheet with a hat-trick.
Yet, on Saturday they arguably turned in a more impressive showing with another 3-1 at Peterborough.
The Posh were top of the league but the Yorkshire club left the ABAX Stadium having inflicted a first defeat of the season on the hosts.
The victory leaves Bradford in 4th position and was the perfect response having surrendered a three goal lead at Walsall prior to the Rovers game, which understandably left the feisty McCall fuming.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Bantams though, with a trip to Oxford to face Pep Clotet’s 6th placed side tonight, which will be another serious test of their promotion credentials.
That’s followed up with a derby against a resurgent Rotherham at Valley Parade, whilst fellow promotion hopefuls Fleetwood Town will make the trip up north before the month is out.
However, if the last two games are anything to go by then City fans can look forward to the big games. The performance levels and results are back and with their big support to back them, Bradford and McCall will be desperate to go one better this time round.
What do you think Bradford fans? Will you go up this season? How impressive were your last two performances? Let us know in the comments below.