Despite conceding in the last couple of minutes last Saturday and having to share the points with our visitors there were far more positives than negatives emerging from the 90 minutes.
The biggest improvement coming from substitute defender Tom Broadbent, when Zeki Fryers had to come off injured many Town fans including myself groaned when the former Bristol Rovers man appeared on the sidelines.
This stems from a poor performance Broadbent endured earlier in the season when he replaced an injured Mathieu Baudry and Town went on to lose 3-0.
But he’s responded well to this setback, firstly against Mansfield at the end of November, as he came on to sure up the backline and did a decent job, and again last weekend he put in his best performance of the season. It’s clear he has something to offer Town but just needs to add some consistency to his game.
Another player who stood out against Bradford was former club captain Paul Caddis.
Ever since he returned to the club in November he’s looked superb on every occasion, I wasn’t sure if he could make a big impact but despite having to catch up fitness-wise to his teammates he’s become a key member of Richie Wellens’ side.
Hopefully, it’ll be announced he’s extended his stay at Town until at least the end of the season as having someone with his experience in being able to handle a game and grinding out results will be essential for any promotion bid.
Someone else who played well last Saturday and looked right at home despite playing out of position was Anthony Grant.
Thankfully last night the club confirmed the former Chelsea man has signed on a permanent deal until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.
When he first arrived at Town I was pleased to see someone with his experience join our fight for promotion, but I would never have thought how essential he would become to our season as he’s now the undeniable heart and soul of this team.
Thankfully he should be back in his most effective role this Saturday in central midfield, dictating play and covering the centre backs behind him,
Knowing the club has been willing to pay a fee for Grant knowing he would’ve been a free transfer in the summer signals the clubs intent and willingness to back their manager, and how he’s simply irreplaceable inside this team.
With the transfer window well and truly open it’ll be interesting to see which position the manager focuses his attention on next, as the need for another centre back and winger to improve this squad is essential, Wellens said in his post-match comments on Saturday that he had no one he felt would change the game for the better, which is a concern going into the second half of the season.
This Saturday Town continues their promotion push at the County Ground as another side looking to maintain their place inside the top three of League Two Crewe Alexandra visits Wiltshire.
Despite David Artell’s side going out of the F.A Cup last weekend, they’ve been on an impressive run of results in the league, the latest coming on New Years Day as Daniel Powell scored twice to earn a dominate 4-1 victory over Carlisle United.
Hopefully, either Baudry or Fryers will be fit for this weekend to partner Broadbent, which will see Grant pushed back into a more natural position, and ideally, Eoin Doyle will be back to partner Jerry Yates.
We all have to hope that by this weekend Doyle has become a permanent member of this squad, but if the worst should happen and he’s recalled the Town faithful will need to show faith in Wellens and Paul Jewell to pull off a signing of such magnitude that will somehow replace someone who has become a cult figure in such a short space of time at the club.
Ideally, that won’t be necessary and we can all be fully confident the Ginger Pele will be putting on a Town shirt once again.