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Give me five! You've got to hand it to bang-on Bantams
Bradford City 5 AFC Wimbledon 1
Love it or otherwise, maybe the new club anthem is the lucky charm.
Or it could be the holidaying no-shows that David Baldwin was jokingly threatening to bar for the rest of the season.
The pre-match downpour that has greeted both home games might even become a superstitious ritual.
But something has happened at the Coral Windows Stadium. Two games, two wins – one over a promotion favourite, the other by as emphatic a margin as most can remember in recent times.
And all the time the belief in Phil Parkinson and the squad he has rebuilt over the past three months is growing.
Tough tests lie ahead and lots of them; none more so than next weekend’s first jaunt to Rotherham’s new home.
If they can return from the New York stadium with some reward then even the most hard-bitten cynic will admit it’s been a very satisfying start.
City are unlikely to encounter more generous opponents than Wimbledon, whose first-half no-show looked a case for trading standards.
For the second game running, they conceded a cricket score. In Wimbledon’s case, maybe that should be tennis.
There were more faults in their play than the weakest service game at SW19. For 45 minutes it looked like City would outdo the six that Burton had fired past them four days earlier.
Seb Brown was bad enough in the Wimbledon goal but he got no help whatsoever from his two centre halves.
Their gameplan sounded simple. Mark “that big lump”, as boss Terry Brown described James Hanson .
In the first half they might as well have been on a different pitch as Hanson won every single challenge in the air.
He did miss one header right at the start but then so did his hapless markers, allowing Matt Duke’s long punt to bounce unattended towards the Wimbledon box.
Nahki Wells sniffed out the opportunity, toed it round the keeper before slotting home from an acute angle. The game was not even three minutes old – and already its competitiveness was looking questionable.
Wimbledon were having horrific flashbacks of their midweek nightmare at Burton.
The second blow in the 12th minute was self-inflicted. James Meredith made the first of several overlapping runs and drilled in a low cross which Curtis Haynes-Brown diverted into his own net.
The left back’s debut on loan from Yeovil was to get even worse in the second half when he was knocked unconscious in a clash with Zavon Hines.
The game was halted for seven minutes before Haynes-Brown was stretchered off with a neck injury. He was rushed to Bradford Royal Infirmary , where he was kept in overnight suffering from concussion.
City tightened their grip on the game as keeper Brown lost his, making a total dog’s dinner of an Andrew Davies free-kick from just over the halfway line.
While claiming the goal, Davies did admit that the plan was to drop the ball on the six-yard box and leave the keeper fretting between whether to come for it or stick on his line.
Brown decided to try and claim but misjudged the flight and got no more than a couple of fingertips on the ball as it sailed all the way through to the net.
City could do no wrong at that stage but Wimbledon briefly crashed the carnival when Byron Harrison converted a free header.
He hardly rushed into the goal to pick up the ball, though. Having seen the circus-style defending at the other end there was obviously little faith in keeping City’s tally to three.
Harrison was not wrong as within two minutes the Bantams had struck again. Hanson, inevitably, jumped unhindered to meet Gary Jones’ corner and Rory McArdle was at the near post to sweep in.
Four goals, four different scorers and surprisingly Hanson wasn’t one of them. That wasn’t going to last and the striker claimed his third of the season with a well-placed header a minute before the break.
Brown spent half-time melting the paintwork in the away dressing room while giddy home fans attempted to recall when City had last got five in the first half.
The answer was way back in January 1987 against Oldham in an icy FA Cup replay. Two of that City team, wingers Ian Ormondroyd and John Hendrie, were in the press box on radio duty and clearly enjoying watching modern-day flankers Kyel Reid and Hines run Wimbledon ragged.
The Wombles did tighten up after the break but the damage had already been done.
City might have declared on their half-time tally but there were still opportunities for more, with Reid and Hines the main guilty parties.
Reid cut inside and fired wastefully wide when Wells was waiting for a tap-in and Hines lost out to Brown’s one decent save when he raced clear from a blunder by sub Angus MacDonald.
But it would be churlish to pick holes on an afternoon when so much went right. Yes, Wimbledon were woeful but City’s passing and all-round positivity deserved the accolades.
They were as good as the visitors were awful.
Parkinson highlighted another relentless display from Gary Jones, the midfield engine that gets the team moving through the gears.
He said: “There’s a good spirit among the lads and a good mentality when you’ve got players like Gary Jones, who has got high standards.
“He doesn’t allow any sloppiness round him on the pitch. When you’ve got someone like that it spreads.
“He demands that from the players round him and I thought he was outstanding again.
“Some of our attacking play was of the highest order. Football is always about putting the ball in the back of the net and I firmly believe we have players capable of doing it.
“We had the beating of them in one v one situations with Reid, Wells and Hines and obviously Hanson in the air. When you’ve got that, you’ve always got a chance of creating opportunities.”