In their previous game, Bradford threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 against Walsall – but confidence was restored today
It was the perfect tonic for the Bantams and their boss Stuart McCall after they threw away a three-goal lead against Walsall last weekend to draw 3-3.
This was the hat-trick goal that ensured Charlie Wyke was taking home the match-ball tonight
Then former Carlisle striker wheels away after completing his hat-trick at Valley Parade
But it was a bitter pill for Rovers to swallow having arrived at Valley Parade looking for a fifth straight win.
In short, Bradford were just too fluid and skillful on the ball for the Pirates, who never got to grasps with the task at hand at all.
And they had no answer to Wyke, who ended an eight-game goalscoring drought by crashing home the third hat-trick of his career.
The home side took the lead in the 13th minute after a spell of intense pressure although the visitors will have nightmares about the defending.
Tony McMahon whipped in a corner that found its way to Charlie Wyke all alone at the back post, and he made not mistake to bundle the ball home.
It was one-way traffic from then on, with Nicky Law, Dominic Poleon and Romain Vincelot missing good opportunities to extend the lead.
Charlie Wyke’s second goal was down to his aerial prowess and also slack Bristol Rovers defending
Charlie Wyke, centre, is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring a fine hat-trick against Bristol Rovers
And the Bantams were nearly made to pay for their misses nine minutes before half-time.
A ball swung into the box was headed back across goal by Ellis Harrison to Byron Moore with the goal at his mercy.
But his header was terrifically cleared off the line by Bradford centre-half Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
The second half followed a similar pattern, although Rovers did look to threaten a bit more with Billy Bodin looking dangerous up top.
But in Wyke, Bradford have a striker who is clearly capable of playing at a higher level.
And in the 62nd minute he notched his second goal.
Charlie Wyke was given a standing ovation and plaudits from his manager Stuart McCall when he was substituted late on
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Another McMahon corner caught Rovers napping again, and Wyke powered home a header.
And 11 minutes later Wyke ensured he was taking the match ball home.
This time Jake Reeves angled in a ball to the back post and the former Carlisle goal machine bundled it over the line.
There were a few nervous moments late on for Bradford when Billy Bodin tapped home in the 81st minute, but the Yorkshire side held out to record a thoroughly deserved three points.
Billy Bodin poked home what would only turn out to be a consolation for Bristol Rovers
Speaking pitchside after the game, Bradford manager Stuart McCall said: “It was a really good way to bounce back, I said it would be an open and entertaining game.
“All round it was a good team performance. We are disappointed to give a goal away at the end especially after what happened last week.
“It was a terrific result.”