Alexandra Stadium - Crewe Alexandra
Saturday August 19th 2006
Vs Bradford City, League One, 3pm
By Jordan Pattison
Crewe is a great away
day for Bradford fans, in terms of distance it is
After recent weeks of
conceding early goals, City got it right and from the very first whistle
and we looked the business. Although the grass was
very long, maybe to prevent our blistering
counter-attacks, we played some high tempo football with our wingers Johnson
and Holmes tearing them apart. We could have been 1 nil up after a few mins.
They could not handle us at all and we were out competing them all over the
park, our passing was excellent and our wingers were getting untold joy and
their full backs looked like they wanted to cry every time our wingers began
to run at them. Crewe are a very young team and did try to play as all Crewe
side play, a nice passing game but they were getting out played by the
Bantams. We had everything but an end product and as half time was
approaching, most City fans expected us to go in
0-0 having dominated then come out and probably lose 1-0. Luckily, our first
half dominance paid off as our sub, new signing Eddie Johnson, who was on loan
at Crewe last season, came off the bench for the injured Graham to bang in a
well crafted goal. It was JJ and Holmes our wingers that put it on a plate for
Eddie Johnson and sent the travelling army into euphoria.
We came out in the second half even better, and Crewe could not hold our probing attacks and soon enough they could not stem the tide. City scored one of the best goals we will see in a long time, an Argentina 20+ pass move occurred and city fans had been chanting 'ole' about 8 passes before Bridge-Wilkinson lashed home a superb goal. Eddie Johnson capped a great game with a brace and had a chance spurned for his hat-trick. The City fans were lapping it up having not seen a performance like this for years.
Full respect to Crewe fans though, who know their football and even clapped our subs as they came off. They had seen some very good football and appreciated it, and good luck to them this season apart from when they come to fortress Valley Parade.
Getting away from the ground was easy enough and we were soon on the motorway storming up the M62 back to Bradford. It seemed like a quick journey back with all the giddiness from a 3-0 away win. And we were all looking forward to a night out celebrating.
It was a top day out, although I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if we had been beaten 3-0 but I can't fault Crewe's ground and thought their away stand is one of best in the league, much better than open terracing at the likes of Doncaster and Chesterfield, where it is impossible to create an atmosphere.
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