A WEEK can be a long time in football and seven days after manager Alvin McDonald questioned his players' ability, Vauxhall produced one of their best displays of the year.
The Motormen were worthy winners of the high-tempo encounter and bossed the game throughout, but they still had to rely on the brilliance of their veteran keeper Chris Holmes.
McDonald said: 'That's when I'm proud to manage them. When we play like that it would take a very good side to beat us.
'We've had our bad spell but we bounced back today. What we've got to get right is our consistency.'
Vauxhall started brightly and Matt Haddrell had already rattled the Bradford crossbar before he picked out Peter Cumiskey for the opening goal on 12 minutes.
Cumiskey received the ball just outside the area with his back to goal and turned to deliver an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner of the home net.
Nicky Young almost doubled the visitors' lead on a couple of occasions, but he shot too close to keeper Craig Doot when one-on-one and then hit the bar from 25 yards.
Meanwhile, Holmes made two important saves either side of the break as he produced a finger-tip stop from Wayne Benn's header and also denied Wael Nazha.
Vauxhall went two up on 64 minutes when Stuart Wright's low left-wing cross was inadvertently directed into the Bradford net by home skipper Mark Hancock.
Nazha then brought out a spectacular double save from Holmes before controversially pulling a goal back when clear through on goal 10 minutes from time.
The Vauxhall defenders stopped playing several seconds before when they saw the linesman flagging, but after consulting his assistant the referee allowed the strike.
Young ensured there was no tense finale as he broke through the home rearguard on 86 minutes and his shot dipped into the net after hitting the advancing Doot.
Vauxhall: Holmes, Rigby, McDermott, Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch, Nesbitt, Lawton (Spellman 89), Cumiskey (Fearns 55), Young, Wright.
* The Motormen return to Rivacre Park on Saturday to face Hucknall Town.