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Preview: Bradford City (A)

30 January 2016

Bradford City 2-1 Fleetwood Town

A cruel stoppage time winner from substitute Steven Davies saw Bradford City rob all three points from Fleetwood Town, after the Cod Army dominated the game.

Jamille Matt’s second half header was cancelled out by James Hanson as Town suffered their first league defeat of 2016. 

Matt opened the scoring for the visitors on the hour as he glanced a header expertly past Ben Williams in the City goal.

Experienced frontman Hanson equalised for City seven minutes later from inside the six yard box as he diverted a header past Chris Maxwell.

And City claimed the win in stoppage time as Davies knocked home a rebound after fellow sub Wes Thomas hit the bar.

Manager Steven Pressley handed Matt his first start since returning from Stevenage on loan, while Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya made his full debut for the Cod Army.

Town started positively and worked the ball well down the right, with Conor McLaughlin cutting in and seeing an effort blocked on the edge of the box.

Kiwoyma was then presented with an opportunity to take the lead when David Henen cut the ball back into the area, but the forward scuffed his shot from a good position.

Pressley’s side were still enjoying much of the play, and the next to have a go was Antoni Sarcevic but his driven strike from distance went just wide.

Kiwomya’s pace was a concern for the City backline, and the youngster later drove forward before shooting wide of Williams’ far post.

The Bantams’ best effort of the half came just before the interval when Billy Knott forced Chris Maxwell to tip over the bar.

Fleetwood began the second period as they did the first, and Matt rose highest in the area to meet Jimmy Ryan’s cross but headed just over.

The Cod Army got their just rewards on the hour when Matt once again caused problems in the air, and glanced a header past Williams into the bottom corner.

Town’s lead didn’t last long however, as Hanson caused problems inside the six yard box and headed past Maxwell.

Despite conceding, the visitors were searching desperately for the goal that would put them back in front, with the wingers causing problems down the flanks.

Town were the team playing all the football, and in open play, the Cod Army dominated the ball as Grant came on for Henen.

In the 89th minute, Tony McMahon’s free-kick was dropped by Maxwell and Billy Knott missed a sitter for the hosts.

In added time, Bradford City stole the points as sub Thomas rattled the frame of the bar and Davies, the sub, smashed home. 

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