Latics victory signals the end for Bantams boss

Date published: 14 December 2020

Latics just had that extra edge as they deservedly defeated Bradford City 3-1 on Saturday.

Dylan Bahamboula, Carl Piergianni and Davis Keillor-Dunn provided the firepower as Harry Kewell’s team notched a fourth win in five League Two games.

The result also cost Kewell’s opposite number Stuart McCall his job as the Bantams fired their boss following a fifth straight reverse.

“It’s another good, hard-earned victory for us,” said Kewell.

“Bradford had their moments, and credit to them for pushing us all the way, but overall I just thought we had that bit more out there today.

“I was really pleased with the performance, the only disappointing aspect was the late goal we conceded towards the end.

“Bradford had given it everything, though, so they probably deserved that.

“Everyone is fighting so hard for us at the moment.

“We all know this is a really difficult league to play in, and there’s no easy games in it.

“Maybe we rode our luck at times, too, but also don’t forget we also played some really excellent football at times.

“I thought we probably should have scored one or two more goals.

“The whole team’s attitude was spot on.”

Bahamboula scored a superb solo goal in the 10th minute.

After darting 50 yards down the right, the Congo international turned smartly inside Ben Richards-Everton before side-footing past Richard O’Donnell from eight yards.

Skipper Piergianni doubled the lead in the 26th minute as he powerfully headed home Bobby Grant’s corner-kick.

Clayton Donaldson’s overhead kick was just off target for Bradford after the restart, while Anthony O’Connor’s header was cleared off the line by Grant.

Latics made it three with 16 minutes left when sub Keillor-Dunn picked up a loose ball before curling neatly past O’Donnell from 15 yards.

Bradford defender Paudie O’Connor headed home Elliot Watt’s corner late on.

Latics return to action tomorrow night (Tuesday, 7pm) as they host Walsall.

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