CITY got the Exeter defeat straight out the system with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Valley Parade last night.

Here are a few things we noticed from their sixth win in the last 10 games.


Sam Hornby went into the game stating that the extra competition will keep him on his toes.

The presence of Richard O’Donnell back on the bench certainly put the spotlight on the City keeper – whose positioning was caught out by John O’Sullivan’s cross that flew straight in for Morecambe’s early goal.

Hornby, to his credit, didn’t do much wrong after that confidence-shaker but is still to convince that he can genuinely push O’Donnell for the full-time spot.

He doesn’t deserve to lose the chance yet but will know that there is little margin for error now.


A comment on Facebook that City have found their new Rory McArdle sounds a tad premature but Niall Canavan settled in with a commanding first start.

Canavan is a loud character – as we know from his coaching from the touchlines as a sub – and he was an important organiser in the back four as Morecambe looked to apply late pressure.

He’s another experienced campaigner who has done well at this level and appears a very solid addition for the hectic run of games that City will face.


The Elliot Watt/Levi Sutton midfield axis was prominent once again to get the Bantams back to winning ways.

What I like about Watt is that he does not seem fazed if something goes wrong. When a pass goes astray or he mistimes a tackle, he does not go missing for the next 10 minutes and will keep trying to make things happen.

Sutton’s effervescent presence alongside him adds the legs to Watt’s vision. There is a constant energy about his play, trying to get up and down, that rubs off on those around him.


Charles Vernam’s signing was greeted with plenty of excitement on deadline day and he’s already living up to the hype.

The former Burton winger made it two goals in two games with a trademark finish, cutting in from the right on to his left foot and curling it in off the far post.

At first, it looked like a mishit cross like the Morecambe opener but fair to say this one was intended.

As Mark Trueman said afterwards, Vernam possesses the ability to unlock tight defences and it was a match-winning moment.


Danny Rowe continues to build his legend with the City fanbase – even with nobody there, you could sense the tingle of anticipation from the absent crowd when he came off the bench.

Rowe has a “shoot from anywhere” reputation for his weight of goals but he also showed in half an hour what else he can contribute.

His barrelling first run through two players ferried the ball to Vernam for City’s second goal and he also worked cleverly to provide the cross that should have provided the winger with another from a header.