Latics earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Valley Parade against an extremely physical and direct Bradford side yesterday, Phil Parkinson appears to have read the ‘John Beck Cambridge Diet’ as his bible to football style, hit the corners with long punts up field, fall about like you’ve been shot and hope for a corner or free kick to bombard the opposition penalty box, not for the faint hearted is this harum-scarum approach.
In contrast the Latics tried to get their passing game going, but just like encounters at both Oldham and Bury, the home side used rough house tactics that referee Richard Clark didn’t appear to be too bothered about clamping down on and time and time again he fell for the Bradford players feigning injury, apart from one occasion when lanky striker James Hanson hit the deck like a prima donna, then as the Latics gained hold of the ball he started to hold his head in an attempt to get the play stopped, blatant cheating and to his credit this time Clark didn’t fall for it as Love set Jacobs up to score with an 18 yard effort into the top corner.
Oh how Phil Parkinson moaned at the injustice of it all…come on Phil, live by the sword etc.
After the game both bosses, a dignified Gary Caldwell and a disgruntled Phil Parkinson spoke with the media, let’s take a look at what they had to say:
Latics boss Gary Caldwell – ‘It was a difficult game’
‘Bradford is a difficult place to go to with the Stadium and the number of fans they have, on top of the form that they find themselves in’
‘I think we showed our quality in the game and our togetherness to get a big point at the end of a very hard week which included two difficult away games.
‘I think seven points is a fantastic return from this week and we’re pleased with the form we’re in, we’re now unbeaten in nine games in the league.
‘The boys have got confidence, you can see that in their performances and they are disappointed they didn’t win the game and that is good for me to see.
‘It has been a really physically demanding week for the players and they have put a really big shift in for the club.’
‘We worked a lot this week on defending corners and throw-ins because we knew that was their main threat’
‘We gave them too many, to be honest, we didn’t expect to be defending that many but we did well as a whole and the only one we didn’t defend properly, it sneaks between Jussi and Reece and goes in the back of the net.
‘It was a disappointing goal to lose but there are a lot of positives to take from the point; it takes us further up the league and keeps us building on our unbeaten run.’
Gary Caldwell at Bradford yesterday
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson – ‘They are a good side with an array of talent but we matched them.
‘I was pleased with the way we responded after the goal. The spirit in the squad is where we want it now.
‘Maybe four or five weeks ago, we’d have let that goal affect us but we didn’t. Today we rolled our sleeves up, went again and got back in it.’
On the Jacobs goal and the referee in general Parkinson said:
‘I thought he (Richard Clark) waved play on and you don’t want that when your centre forward`s on the floor.
‘Then he told me that he didn’t think it was a foul. I don’t know what is worse.
‘I can’t see how it couldn’t be a foul. Hans was in the dressing room afterwards with a bag of ice on his thigh.
‘We could have done better ourselves after in preventing the goal, we know that, but it was a poor refereeing moment.
‘It’s not just with him but the fourth official and linesman. Someone must have seen it.’
Aye alright Phil
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Swindon Preview, Bradford Review
This week we start with Adam and his straight off the terrace report on the Bradford game. We discuss the goals, cheating Bradford, contrasting style of play, the referee and some shocking facilities considering we were charged £25 for the privilege of going to Valley Parade.
We debate the FA cup draw, Bury away, not the most lucrative but hey we’ll take it, then there is FC United’s stand on the FA’s decision to move their game with Chesterfield to a Monday night for TV coverage.
Mick delivers his low down on Swindon and we take a look at their recent form, Simon give us the latest odds on the game, plus what the bookies are offering on the Latics to get promoted, down to 8/1 now to finish top of the pile.
Unfortunately, due to a technical error (I don’t know what I am doing!) the final 15 minutes including the predictions haven’t been recorded
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com