Stuart McCall recorded his first win since returning to Valley Parade for his third stint as manager of Bradford City.
The Bantams found themselves trailing at the break to bottom club Stevenage on Tuesday evening, but a Shay McCartan double before Lee Novak’s first goal for the club ensured a 3-1 victory for the West Yorkshire side.
McCall, who returned to Valley Parade last Tuesday, had seen his side throw away two points in his first game back against Grimsby Town at the weekend.
As well as McCall’s first win back in charge, Tuesday evening’s victory was the club’s first win in nine, having not won since New Year’s Day.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the game, returning manager Stuart McCall described his side’s performance as ‘patchy’ but took some positives from the game: “We know there is lots to work on and lots to improve on, but good character shown, we had a few words at half-time both trying to get into them and tactically.
“I’m absolutely pleased to get this victory, we came in at half-time one-nil down and it’s about character and that goal straight after half-time was vital,” continued the 55-year-old.
“We needed a good start to the second-half and thankfully we got that,” added the former Motherwell man. “I will analyse it tomorrow but overall I think we do need to look to improve but nice to finally send the supporters home happy.”
City face a tough away trip on Saturday when they head to Cambridge United, who have won their last three consecutive matches.
To make things trickier, City haven’t won on the road for 10 games since beating Morecambe back in October.
Some Bradford fans may have been forgiven for thinking ‘here we go again’ when Charlie Carter put Stevenage ahead on 26 minutes, but McCall’s side showed the character and fight that the manager has rightly pointed to in his post-match comments.
City started slowly and that will be something the Bantams need to work on should they maintain a play-off push, but the result has certainly given McCall a platform to build on.
McCall’s side sit just outside the play-offs on goal difference and he will likely be hoping that Tuesday’s win can be the start of a positive run.
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