Norwich City’s Adeyemi helps rescue Bradford City
Norwich City teenager Tom Adeyemi has been hailed for his part in the victory that may just have saved Bradford City manager Peter Taylor’s job.
The 18-year-old midfielder scored the second goal in the Bantams’ 2-0 win at fellow League Two strugglers Barnet on Saturday.
It was on-loan Adeyemi’s second goal in nine appearances for the Yorkshire club – and his first since the opening day of the season.
The goals came in the space of four second-half minutes, Leon Osborne giving Bradford the lead before Adeyemi chased Omar Daley’s through-ball up the slope at Underhill and beat goalkeeper Jake Cole with a confident finish.
The beaten Barnet side included another on-loan Canary, defender George Francomb making his debut for the Bees after agreeing a month’s stay last week, as well as former Norwich midfielder Rossi Jarvis.
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Afterwards, the under-pressure Taylor praised Adeyemi for a huge contribution to Bradford’s first away win of the season, which moved them above Barnet and out of the bottom two. He said: “I spoke to Paul Lambert about him on Tuesday or Wednesday and I just said how pleased we are with him because he’s not only a young lad, he’s got great character.
“I could see he was up for it today. He knew it was an important day.
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“I know there have been a few things in the Press – that it could have been my last game and all that type of thing, which I didn’t believe – but there were a lot of players there that were really up for it, which is good to see.
“It was a deserved win and it was nice to get two good goals. It was a very important win but we now need another win.”
Adeyemi made 17 senior appearances for the Canaries last season but is one of five players currently on loan in the lower divisions – another of whom was also on target in a League Two victory. Cody McDonald scored for the third Saturday in a row as Gillingham bounced back from their 7-4 defeat at Accrington Stanley with a 2-1 home win over Stockport.
McDonald took just three minutes to open the scoring at Priestfield Stadium when he headed home from Chris Palmer’s corner.
Manager Andy Hessenthaler was confident 24-year-old McDonald would maintain his scoring run.
He said: “I said to him before the game ‘Two in two, isn’t it? and I thought he’d get another one today.
“It’s just how things go. He’s looked sharp in training, he’s looked bright in every game he’s played. It didn’t surprise me he scored. It was a great header.”
The two City midfielders on loan in League One had mixed fortunes on Saturday.
Owain Tudur Jones played a key part in Yeovil’s 1-0 win at Rochdale when his 66th-minute shot was turned on to the post by goalkeeper Josh Lillis and Luke Freeman slid the rebound into the net.
But Matthew Gill, on loan to Peterborough, was substituted after an hour as Posh went down to a 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool.