Bradford City 1 v 2 Oxford United (NPower League Two)
The events of this week seemed to catch up with Bradford City’s small squad, who started the game well against Oxford United but ran out of steam as the match progressed.
In midweek the team out classed premier league opponents Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final in front of a full house at Valley Parade. On Friday, manager Phil Parkinson turned down the chance of becoming manager of Blackpool FC.
Parkinson added to the squad this week, with the signing of striker Andy Gray from Leeds United on an 18 month contract and left-back Ryan Dickson on loan from Southampton.
Bradford’s two new signings Andy Gray (above) and Ryan Dickson started the match in place of James Hanson who was rested and James Meredith who was ill with a virus.
Bradford City started well with both Gary Jones and Nathan Doyle winning the midfield battles; whilst Zavon Hines, Andy Gray and Nahki Wells were causing Oxford United problems at the back.
On 14 minutes a long ball from the Bradford defence was chased by Nahki Wells which led to Oxford’s Michael Duberry heading the ball past his own goalkeeper. The ball was picked up by Nahki Wells who put the ball into an empty goal to collect his 17th goal of the season.
Oxford United came straight back and within 4 minutes they were level with a goal from Sean Rigg. Matt Duke, the Bradford goalkeeper, continued his excellent form to deny Peter Leven and Alfie Potter as Oxford grew into a combative game.
Referee Jeremy Simpson had what can only be described as a shocking match, with fouls missed and poor decisions made throughout the game. This came to a head in the 90th minute when he awarded Oxford United a penalty for what was clearly a dive by Oxford’s Alfie Potter.
Oxford United’s Peter Leven took the penalty and scored in the 90th minute to leave Bradford still looking for their first league win of 2013.
Bradford City – Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Dickson, Doyle, G Jones, Atkinson, Hines, Gray, Wells, (Subs) McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Good, Connell, Turgott
Oxford United – Brown, Batt, Raynes, Duberry, Wright, Rigg, Potter, Richards, Montrose, Leven, Davis, (Subs) Crocombe, Heslop, Capaldi, Worley, O’Brien, Parker, Craddock
Goals – (Bradford) Wells (14), (Oxford Utd) Rigg (18), Leven (90 pen)
Attendance – 10,087