Daley's pace has Oldham on the run

Daley's pace has Oldham on the run

Match-winner Omar Daley in action against Oldham

Daley finishes off at the second attempt to give City the lead

Joe Colbeck tackles Oldham's Chris Taylor

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City 1 Oldham 0

You won’t find that finish in any coaching manual.

Cut inside, hopelessly scuff your shot against the defender therefore turning it into the perfect one-two and then bend the rebound past the keeper.

Omar Daley’s strike a minute before half-time certainly stood out for its unorthodox approach.

But his boss was far more impressed with the Jamaican’s run of intent from Paul Arnison’s pass which opened up Oldham for the goal. And Stuart McCall is hoping that is a promising sign of things to come.

As the pre-season marathon hits the home straight, all talk focuses on the proper challenge ahead. Every touch and move is honed towards the games that really matter.

For McCall, one of the attractions of recruiting Arnison this summer was the way he can use the ball going forward. The City boss felt he did not get enough of that from Darren Williams last term.

Arnison’s pass to release Daley, leaving Oldham’s trialist left back John Hills floundering in his slip-stream, was bang on the money. But, as McCall pointed out, it needed Daley’s burst of pace for it to go so sweetly to plan.

McCall said: “It was a great ball but, as I’ve told the lads since I’ve been here, it can only be a great ball because of the run. Glenn Hoddle was a great passer in his time with a fantastic execution but if you don’t get the run and the player peeling off his marker, then nobody can hit those balls.

“Omar made eye contact with Arny, came in short and then span away behind the defender. Then he uses his pace which is what he’s good at.

“Normally he would have come in short and faffed about, probably played it back again and nothing would have happened.

“So many forwards in the game today want to come short all the time to get the ball. Defenders are happy with that.

“If I’m marking Omar and he’s just laying it back to the full back then it’s not a problem. I’ll just jockey him.

“But as soon as he starts spinning in behind, then you’re in trouble. He’s got that pace and we want him hurting people like that.”

Hills, looking for an Oldham deal after leaving Blackpool, was totally bemused as Daley flipped him round and set off like the clappers.

Mark Allott was equally at a loss when Daley screwed his left-foot shot in the box so horribly that it flew straight against the Oldham midfielder and back into the winger’s path to slot a more conventional second attempt past Mark Crossley.

It lit up an afternoon that had final friendly stamped all over it. This was a game to get out of the way; roll on next Saturday.

The balmy temperature did not lend itself to a fiercely competitive clash and there were none of the sparks that flew against Burnley three days earlier.

But it did have its plus points. Beating Oldham for starters is not something City are particularly good at – this was their first win over the Latics at Valley Parade for 20 years.

So that won’t do collective confidence any harm ahead of the more pressing matters of Notts County’s imminent arrival.

And there was also a second clean sheet for Rhys Evans, 24 hours after penning the one-year deal to become City’s number one.

Unlike Wednesday, when the keeper was on overdrive all night, he was not called upon that often as Graeme Lee and Matt Clarke did a good job on Oldham’s muscular front pair.

But Evans handled well when needed and did produce one wonderful save at the foot of his post to push away a goal-bound header from Deane Smalley.

The youngster had already nodded a Hills cross against the bar so City were aware of his aerial prowess. But they mis-matched him at a free-kick and Smalley easily got above the smaller Luke O’Brien – only to be foiled by the keeper’s reflexes.

The rising tempo of the game wasn’t helped by five substitutions at the break. It’s understandable that nobody wants any last-minute knocks at this stage, which is why McCall left out the likes of Paul McLaren, Paul Heckingbottom and Willy Topp completely.

But the flow inevitably suffered, even more so when Barry Conlon made way just three minutes in after a slight kick.

O’Brien, who had a solid game in Heckingbottom’s absence, forced a watchful save from Crossley with a free-kick after Daley had been taken out by the cumbersome Sean Gregan.

And Kris Taylor, Oldham’s best player, threw himself in the way of a shot from Daley, who had cashed in on the hesitancy of the Oldham defence.

McCall made three more changes at the midpoint of the second half. And when Bullock took his leave with ten minutes left, there were only two players on – Clarke and Arnison – likely to start on League Two’s opening afternoon.

But Mark Bower and Simon Ainge underlined the importance of strong understudies with crucial interventions in the closing minutes before Danny Whitaker stabbed over the bar in stoppage time as City avoided a Burnley-style late slap in the face.

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7:08pm Sun 3 Aug 08

Freddy says...

Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?.
Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?. Freddy
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10:47am Mon 4 Aug 08

Mr Sensible says...

Freddy wrote:
Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?.
Ring Mental Health
[quote][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?. [/quote]Ring Mental Health Mr Sensible
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11:14am Mon 4 Aug 08

fatbloke says...

Great result. Don't anyone reply to this tit. I was hoping he had drowned.

The headline on this report suggests Daley played great! I hope we don't get that again all season as he did nothing special and his goal was very lucky.

However overall a very pleasing performance. My main concern still remains the same, full backs!!! Arnison I thought was awful at Guiseley and Farsley but didnt want to start slating him. The reports from Scotland were no better and then against Oldham there were far to many deadline crosses from his side.

Also O'Brien, he makes it clear who he is marking but when they attack down their left he is tucked in with the centre backs and given their winger 30 yards, inviting them to play a cross field ball that really stretches us. That cause his **** up against Farsley as he sneaked up on him at far post and took it off him!! I think Heckingbottom will start but hope it is a big improvement on last year. Apart from the fullbacks I am very, very pleased.
Great result. Don't anyone reply to this tit. I was hoping he had drowned. The headline on this report suggests Daley played great! I hope we don't get that again all season as he did nothing special and his goal was very lucky. However overall a very pleasing performance. My main concern still remains the same, full backs!!! Arnison I thought was awful at Guiseley and Farsley but didnt want to start slating him. The reports from Scotland were no better and then against Oldham there were far to many deadline crosses from his side. Also O'Brien, he makes it clear who he is marking but when they attack down their left he is tucked in with the centre backs and given their winger 30 yards, inviting them to play a cross field ball that really stretches us. That cause his **** up against Farsley as he sneaked up on him at far post and took it off him!! I think Heckingbottom will start but hope it is a big improvement on last year. Apart from the fullbacks I am very, very pleased. fatbloke
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11:49am Mon 4 Aug 08

skippy says...

Freddy wrote:
Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?.
whose bothered besides you,have you rang yet if not ask your mum to do it for you
[quote][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: Anyone know the attendance figure at this match?. [/quote]whose bothered besides you,have you rang yet if not ask your mum to do it for you skippy
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3:15pm Mon 4 Aug 08

Waynus says...

The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too.

The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards.

All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do.

BRING IT ON CITY.....!
The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too. The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards. All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do. BRING IT ON CITY.....! Waynus
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3:36pm Mon 4 Aug 08

Scargutt says...

Waynus wrote:
The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too.The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards.All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do.BRING IT ON CITY.....!
I agree and would only add that while Mr Sensible has been away, Skippy has also not posted. This means that it's actually the same sad individual trying to make it look like there's more people out there slating the team and agreeing with him. If this fella went to Summer Heights High, he'd definitely be in Gumnut Cottage!!!
[quote][bold]Waynus[/bold] wrote: The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too.The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards.All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do.BRING IT ON CITY.....![/quote]I agree and would only add that while Mr Sensible has been away, Skippy has also not posted. This means that it's actually the same sad individual trying to make it look like there's more people out there slating the team and agreeing with him. If this fella went to Summer Heights High, he'd definitely be in Gumnut Cottage!!! Scargutt
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4:20pm Mon 4 Aug 08

albion says...

Scargutt wrote:
Waynus wrote:
The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too.The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards.All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do.BRING IT ON CITY.....!I agree and would only add that while Mr Sensible has been away, Skippy has also not posted. This means that it's actually the same sad individual trying to make it look like there's more people out there slating the team and agreeing with him. If this fella went to Summer Heights High, he'd definitely be in Gumnut Cottage!!!
You have not been paying attention.
[quote][bold]Scargutt[/bold] wrote: Waynus wrote: The new season is less than a week away. During close-season, we have got rid of the dead wood the most of us were asking for and have brought in players who are not only good enough for this league, they are good enough for League 1 too.The players brought into the club are exciting, even if a little old for some of our supporters. However, I am very optimistic about our chances this season. No, it won't be easy, but we now have a squad that is capable of picking up wins that we only managed to draw last season. Likewise, I can't see another Accrington or Morecambe (just two of the nightmares we had last season) on the cards.All that said, I have just seen my excitement of the new season well and truly tarnished. The f#cked-up twins are back! Please ignore them' they go by the names of 'Skippy' and 'Mr Sensible. Nevertheless, they don't seem to post when we play well and win, so I don't anticipate many comments this season anyway. If they do, we all know what to do.BRING IT ON CITY.....!I agree and would only add that while Mr Sensible has been away, Skippy has also not posted. This means that it's actually the same sad individual trying to make it look like there's more people out there slating the team and agreeing with him. If this fella went to Summer Heights High, he'd definitely be in Gumnut Cottage!!![/quote]You have not been paying attention. albion
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4:44pm Mon 4 Aug 08

Waynus says...

Scargutt, I don't think you are right on this one. Unfortunately, there are two individual sad c#nts posting on this site (three if you include the perennial moaner known as Shaun from Richmond).

'Mr Sensible' claims to be a businessman and knows why City are languishing in the lowest tier of professional football. He also claims to know everything bad about City and comes on this site to stir up hatred (Must be Rex from BB9, LOL). He has admitted to not liking City.

However, Skippy (b-wildered and several other names) claims to have been a left-back for City in his time. He claims he still loves the club, but seems to have a vendetta against Jakes and anyone who believes in Jakes' ability (hence the criticism of McCall and our Chairmen). Two very different posters, but just as f#cking irritating as each other!

Just ignore them both and this site will run smoothly (well as well as it can after the summer of T&A ****-ups with the layout).
Scargutt, I don't think you are right on this one. Unfortunately, there are two individual sad c#nts posting on this site (three if you include the perennial moaner known as Shaun from Richmond). 'Mr Sensible' claims to be a businessman and knows why City are languishing in the lowest tier of professional football. He also claims to know everything bad about City and comes on this site to stir up hatred (Must be Rex from BB9, LOL). He has admitted to not liking City. However, Skippy (b-wildered and several other names) claims to have been a left-back for City in his time. He claims he still loves the club, but seems to have a vendetta against Jakes and anyone who believes in Jakes' ability (hence the criticism of McCall and our Chairmen). Two very different posters, but just as f#cking irritating as each other! Just ignore them both and this site will run smoothly (well as well as it can after the summer of T&A ****-ups with the layout). Waynus
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7:38pm Mon 4 Aug 08

fredblogsbantams says...

"However, Skippy (b-wildered and several other names) claims to have been a left-back for City in his time."
'Claims' is right! If you are going to make claims like that about being Billy Big B*llocks, then you should at least provide some proof. So, Skippy - Who are Ya? Who are Ya?
"However, Skippy (b-wildered and several other names) claims to have been a left-back for City in his time." 'Claims' is right! If you are going to make claims like that about being Billy Big B*llocks, then you should at least provide some proof. So, Skippy - Who are Ya? Who are Ya? fredblogsbantams
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11:26pm Mon 4 Aug 08

Waynus says...

I don't know if he did ever play for City, but he definitely has an allie in 'Albion'. He has confirmed Skippy's claim previously.
I don't know if he did ever play for City, but he definitely has an allie in 'Albion'. He has confirmed Skippy's claim previously. Waynus
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