Goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Bryn Morris gave Wycombe Wanderers a deserved first win in League One since March 2012 with a 2-1 triumph at Bradford City. The Chairboys carried on the momentum from the second half display at Plymouth in midweek and dominated an out-of-sorts Bantams side for much of the 90 minutes. In truth, the margin could have been much more than the eventual 2-1 result, but Gareth Ainsworth won’t care about that and was delighted that his team got over the line and moved out of the very early relegation zone.
Wanderers just made the one change to the eleven that started at Home Park, with Sido Jombati replacing the injured Adam El-Abd. It meant the same 4-3-3 formation was employed, which saw Michael Harriman continue in the front three alongside Randell Williams and Mackail-Smith. The midfield three of Morris, Dominic Gape and Matt Bloomfield performed brilliantly to create a multitude of chances for the Blues and keep the home side at bay. Once again, Adebayo Akinfenwa worked well as an impact sub and this may be the system in the foreseeable future as the Chairboys look more than comfortable without the big man. City made two alterations from their narrow win against Burton, as Sherwin Seedorf and Joe Riley came in for George Miller and Kelvin Mellor.
Wycombe started as they finished on Tuesday, with Craig Mackail-Smith central to all their early chances. He skewed a volley wide and set up a narrowly-over Bryn Morris pile driver, while Michael Harriman also just missed from 20 yards out. The closest Bradford came in the opening period was a near-own goal from Sido Jombati which looped over the bar, but it didn’t halt the Chairboys’ momentum. Randell Williams was impressing on the counter-attack once more, and his cross just evaded Harriman on the slide. However, the goal finally came on 28 minutes when Joe Jacobson’s fantastic corner left Mackail-Smith with a tap-in header for his first goal of the season and to give Wanderers the lead in the league for the first time this campaign. Morris and Williams also came close in the closing stages of the first half, but it was a 1-0 lead for the visitors as Mark Heywood blew his half-time whistle.
HALF-TIME: Bradford City 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Bryn Morris and Jason McCarthy weren’t far away from making it two, but the Shrewsbury loanee did just that on 52 minutes when Dom Gape’s cross found him and his finish hit Anthony O’Connor and went in. The breathing space nothing more than Wycombe deserved, and the first win of the season was within touching distance at this point. The introduction of George Miller and Luca Colville provided some impetus into the Bantams’ display, as the former forced Ryan Allsop into making a fantastic save to keep Wanderers’ clean sheet intact. Eoin Doyle’s shot was blocked by Sido Jombati, but Bradford would get their consolation when the Portuguese full-back only half-cleared and substitute Colville smashed in from 12 yards out. Just as the goal went in, the fourth official signalled five minutes of added time, which gave Michael Collins hope that his side could avoid an embarrassing home defeat. However, the travelling Chairboys faithful were rewarded for their efforts without anything too worrying in the final moments.
FULL-TIME: Bradford City 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers
A fantastic away win for Gareth Ainsworth’s men, who now play in the second round of Carabao Cup on Tuesday for the first time in seven years. They host Forest Green Rovers of League Two, and the Chairboys will be confident of back-to-back wins to set them up well ahead of a local derby with Luton Town next weekend.