‘Great foundations’ for new Bradford City manager

Caretaker manager Mark Trueman believes whoever succeeds Stuart McCall as Bradford City manager will have ‘great foundations’ to build on.

Harry Pritchard of Bradford City. Picture: Steve Riding
Harry Pritchard of Bradford City. Picture: Steve Riding

The Bantams are drawing up a shortlist and former Shrewsbury, Ipswich and Scunthorpe manager Paul Hurst is a favourite,

However, Trueman, the club’s Academy manager, who took charge of the team after McCall was sacked, is simply concentrating on City’s next match at Grimsby tomorrow looking to build on the Bantams’ mini-revival.

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Trueman guided City to a 1-1 draw at Crawley in midweek before leading them to their first win in eight League matches at the expense of Cambridge.

Midfield player Harry Pritchard scored the winner in the 42nd minute with a superb right-foot volley from 25 yards after chesting down Paudie O’Connor’s pass and Callum Coke came closer to increasing their lead in the 57th minute when he hit the post.

However, only a brilliant point-blank save by Richard O’Donnell from Cambridge substitute Joe Ironside two minutes from the end secured the three points.

Trueman said: “It’s a great feeling. The players are happy. We have some great foundations to build on going into Tuesday’s match at Grimsby.

“Harry Pritchard’s goal was fantastic, but Richard O’Donnell’s save was as important as the goal. His concentration late on with the rain coming down was fantastic.

“Whether I am in charge on Tuesday or a new manager comes in these are great foundations for them.”

Bradford City: O’Donnell, Cousin-Dawson, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, Wood, Clarke (Samuels 78), Sutton, Cooke, Watt, Pritchard (Evans 73), Novak (Guthrie 85). Unused substitutes: Hornby, Longridge, Donaldson, French.

Cambridge United: Burton, Knoyle, Cundy (May 46), Darling, Iredale (Hoolahan 46), Hannant (Davies 81), Taylor, Digby, Dunk, Knibbs (Ironside 72), Mullin. Unused substitutes: Milov, Worman, Neal.

Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire).

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