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McCALL | WE SHOWED GREAT CONTROL

7 October 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall was understandably pleased with the way City controlled the game this Saturday in their impressive 4-1 win at Milton Keynes Dons.

With City looking dominant from the very first whistle, MK Dons soon found themselves down to ten men after only five minutes when Aaron Tshibola brought Jake Reeves as he looked to burst clear into the box.

Using the wide of open spaces available on the beautiful Stadium MK playing surface, City proceeded to boss the remainder of the opening period.

Goals from Romain Vincelot and Charlie Wyke handed City a two-goal advantage, but MK Dons defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell gave the hosts some hope with a goal on the stroke of half time.

Although MK Dons tried to force their way back into the game after the break, City still looked fairly comfortable and controlled possession for long periods.

McCall men eventually managed to wrap up victory with a second goal from Wyke and a first strike for the club from substitute Paul Taylor late on.

McCall said: "The result is obviously the most important thing, but it is always pleasing when you get the performance as well.

"Naturally, them going down to ten men so soon in the match helped us, but we could do no more than we did.

"We started the game really brightly and actually forced the sending off through (Jake) Reevesy pressing high.

"It looks a clear sending off, and we went on to control the rest of the first half after that.

"Although they were down to ten men, you still have to work them and force the issue.

"We worked them hard and got the two goals.

"We could have scored more, and we were really disappointed to come in at half time having just lost a goal.

"There was no panic or concern at half time though.

"We knew we had to keep doing what we were doing, keep moving the ball and keep tiring them.

"We couldn't sit back on our lead either and potentially let them back in, we knew we had to go out for the game's next goal.

"We played with a real intent and moved the ball around well.

"Everyone played their part today (Saturday) - it was very mature performance."

Although City were a clear threat going forward, Colin Doyle was still on hand to produce four impressive saves throughout the game, including three in fairly quick succession in the second period.

Doyle was able to take his place in goal for the Bantams at Stadium MK after the 'keeper was given permission to temporarily leave the Republic of Ireland national squad.

Doyle was on the bench for Ireland in their 2-0 home win over Moldova in Dublin on Friday night before flying back to England Saturday morning.

The shot-stopper will now rejoin the Ireland squad ahead of their final World Cup qualifier in Wales on Monday night.

McCall said: "It was a no-brainer for us to get Colin back because he is playing in a confident frame of mind.

"Once we knew the logistics could be sorted out getting him here from Ireland, we were always going to do it.

"It was a fairly easy decision for us to make, and it was the right call.

"It isn't a long flight from Ireland, he is a goalkeeper so he wouldn't have to worry about physical fatigue as much, plus he is an experienced professional.

"When he was called upon this (Saturday) afternoon, he has produced the goods with some great saves.

"He showed his class today."

The only low point for City on another productive afternoon's work came just after the hour mark when Tony McMahon limped off with a hamstring injury.

McCall added: "It is really frustrating for him and for us.

"He said he felt his hamstring tighten earlier in the game but he wanted to carry on.

"It looks like he has pulled it.

"We don't know the full extent of the injury yet but it looks like he'll be out for at least a few weeks now - maybe 4-6 weeks."


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