After a goalless draw away at Newport, many associated with Bradford may have seen the encounter as a missed opportunity to gain all three points. However, with two defeats on the road prior to this stalemate at Rodney Parade, a point is a step in the right direction. For Bradford defender Yann Songo’o, a clean sheet and a battling performance was more than enough to raise a smile.
With the visitors lucky to clinch a point in the end, Newport having more of the ball and chances out there, a point was a result they were willing to take. Occupying 12th in League Two, at the dead centre of the division, the Bantams’ fans will be hoping Adams’ men can push on and gain a play-off spot in the not so distant future.
Speaking with Bradford’s official website, Songo’o listed off the positives from the Newport point: “The boys were fantastic. We fought and stuck together for the whole 90 minutes. It was a tough battle. We wanted to carry on from last week, and the clean sheet we got at home.”
The ex Plymouth defender also praised the Bantams’ fans for their role in helping the team on the pitch, in getting behind them when games are tough: “The supporters, since the start of the season, have been fantastic. Yesterday – more than ever – we needed our supporters to push us over the line in the last 10 minutes, and they helped us keep the clean sheet.”
With this obvious unison between fan and club evident, Bradford a massive club for the fourth tier, it’s a real advantage for those Bantams’ players. With over 400 travelling down to Wales for this one, the Bradford fanbase will be behind their team through thick and thin.
Playing under Derek Adams at Plymouth, alongside starring in Morecambe’s promotion story under him last season, Songo’o is an advocate of the Scottish manager. Seen as slightly pragmatic to the outsider, and with only four wins in 16 for a sleeping giant in League Two, Songo’o has full faith in his boss.
Songo’o continued: “The gaffer knows me. I can play centre-back or in midfield. Any position the manager wants me to play in, I will give 110%.”
With a few goals to his name in Morecambe’s unlikely promotion to League One last campaign, it’ll be interesting to see if Songo’o is played in midfield over the likes of Elliot Watt in the weeks to come.
Looking at Bradford from an outside perspective, it looks like a club still in transition after some turbulent managerial reigns of recent with the failed return of Stuart McCall as manager an obvious sore point. In Derek Adams, the success might take time to come.
Still trying to work out his best team to a certain extent, Bradford do have the ingredients to kick on and get back to the third tier. With a prolific goalscorer in Andy Cook up top, the goals shouldn’t be hard to come by. Likewise, with two clean sheets in a row, there’s a solid foundation being put in place. A point outside the top seven currently, and two favourable home games against Bristol Rovers and Hartlepool coming up, Adams’ men could make that play-off charge become a reality very soon.