OLDHAM Athletic boss Laurent Banide was fuming at his players as their stuttering start to the new League Two campaign continued with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Bradford City.

Banide’s side were rarely in contention as they slid worryingly to a third straight league defeat and lasted just four minutes before conceding to the Bantams who went ahead through skipper James Vaughan.

Goals from Clayton Donaldson and Sean Scannell either side of half-time sealed the Latics’ fate and Banide was left wondering how his side were going to win games without goals.

"I'm very angry, we're all very angry, but it's too late now,” said the Frenchman.

"We started the game very badly, and after 20 minutes the game was already becoming very difficult for us.

"We didn't get the tactics right, and that can make the game complicated for everyone.

"We must see a reaction now. I have to see that from my players.

"We need to find someone to score goals. At the moment we are not seeing anyone who can score goals we need."

Slack defending allowed Connor Wood's left-wing cross to drift across the six-yard box as Vaughan darted in to tap home unmarked at the far post.

The 1,000-strong travelling faithful remained vocal, and they were mighty close to be rewarded with an equaliser in the 22nd minute.

Skipper Mohamed Maouche latched on to Ashley Smith-Brown's throw-in before unleashing a strike from 20 yards which thumped a Bradford post.

There was no lack of effort from the visitors, and Desire Segbe-Azankpo almost found a finish as he met Alex Iacovitti's hopeful ball forward.

It was against the run of play when the Bantams went two up in the 32nd minute.

It was a poor goal for Latics to concede, with Clayton Donaldson left totally unmarked as he met Kelvin Mellor's through-ball. The Bradford striker smashed a shot clinically past Gary Woods from 12 yards.

It was almost three before the interval as Vaughan headed against the crossbar.

After an impressive spell in between the two Bradford goals, Latics were right up against it into the second half as a chorus of boos began to ring out among the fans.

"That kind of thing [booing] is normal in our situation,” said Banide.

"I understand the fans and how they feel.

"We are all hurting, and the players are hurting more than anyone.

"It's a very difficult situation, but we have to work hard to put things right.”

And the game was up for Latics with 18 minutes to go.

Again some questionable defending allowed Donaldson to easily play in Sean Scannell, and the Bantams' wide-man drove high into the net from a tight angle.

As many visiting fans began to head for the exits, their team were being run ragged and sub Shay McCartan should have made it four when he blazed over from eight yards.

"It's a big problem when you're not about to score a goal,” he added.

"We had a couple of chances, but we definitely need a strong player who can score goals for us.

"For the moment we don't seem to have that.

"That's football and we have to work on that. It's still very early in the season.

"Our only objective right now is to try and find a solution.

"We need a positive result and we need one quickly.

"The players continue to work hard, but it's not enough and we need to do more.

"The players are all very disappointed because we had played so well at Blackburn in the cup on Tuesday."

Bradford (4-4-2): O'Donnell, Mellor, Richards-Everton, A O'Connor, Henley, Scannell, (Patrick 77), Palmer, Devine (Akpan 80), Wood, Donaldson, Vaughan (McCartan 74). Subs not used: Hornby, P O'Connor, French, Anderson.

Oldham (4-4-1-1): Woods 7, Mills 5, Iacovitti 6, Sefil 6, Smith-Brown 5 (Hamer, 46, 6), Fage 5, Missilou 5 (Wilson 37, 6), Maouche 7, Nepomuceno 5, Sylla 5, Segbe-Azankpo 5 (Eagles 77, 5). Subs not used: Zabret, Stott, Branger-Engone, Vera.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 14,447