Celtic edged closer to mathematical relegation against a Bradford side who have now won five of the last ten matches, and are unbeaten in seven.
That said, had Celtic put up any kind of a fight at all, they would have come away with three points, because Park Avenue were, truth be told, poor, but Celtic were worse, and couldn’t muster a shot on target until the last minute of the match. It was Matt Regan who had two of the early shots, firing wide and over, with Scott Kerr also firing wide from a free kick that evaded everybody and nearly crept in at the far post.
Chib Chilaka got Bradford’s first shot of the game, but had hardly any power behind it. With five minutes left in the half, Bradford got a corner. Ryan Qualter was at the back post, he wasn’t unmarked but got his head to the ball. The header it the post, came back, hit Qualter on the side of the head, rebounded hit, Ross Eheridge on the back of the head and went in. But they all count. Etheridge made up for it with two good stops from Richard Marshall and Chilaka.
If the first half was a game of little action, it was positively buzzing compared to the second half. Bradford were content to sit on a one goal lead, and Celtic seemed resigned to relegation. Richard Marshall relieved the tedium with a low shot that Etheridge pushed away down to his left, and Billy Priestly likewise saw his shot held down to Etheridges left. Finally, with a minute of normal time left, Celtic got a corner, it came to Matt Regan, he got a thumping header on it, but John Danby was alert and caught well.
Celtic cannot look to bad decisions, or a much better team. Today they left themselves down, and now next Saturday’s game has become a must win, for if Gloucester win, they will be eight points clear of Celtic, and probably uncatchable without a minor miracle.
|4||Dean, Luke||> 51|
|9||Chilaka, Chib||> 88|
|11||Walker, Paul||> 66|
|12||Howarth, Chris||< 51|
|14||Colebeck, Joe||< 66|
|15||Colley, Lamin||< 88|