Bradford City 1 v 0 Wycombe Wanderers (NPower League 2)
Phil Parkinson made six changes from the side that lost at Exeter City last weekend, with the return of McLaughlin, Davies, Jones, Hines, Reid and James Meredith in his first game back since being diagnosed with glandular fever back in January.
This was a tough battling encounter, played out in midfield by two highly-competitive teams. It was the bantams who started the stronger, as James Hanson had a header cleared off the line after only 4th minutes.
Wycombe Goalkeeper Jordan Archer after Thompson’s Goal
Bradford City went in front on 7 minutes through Gary Thompson who steered home a James Hanson header following a free-kick into the area from Kyel Reid. City never looked in too much danger and always seemed to have an element of control in the match.
Chances were limited in the second half, with Wycombe’s Matt McClure headed over from a decent position early after the restart, this was probably Wycombe’s best chance of an equaliser.
Rory McArdle could have put the game beyond Wycombe, if he had made a proper connection to a James Hanson header late in the second half.
Will Atkinson & Nathan Doyle confront Wycombe’s Josh Scowen
The only low point from the game came 15 minutes from full time, when Ricky Ravenhill limped off injured following a heavy tackle from Josh Scowen, the tackle left Ravenhill with a serious gash to his shin.
The victory help secures City’s first ‘double’ of the season after defeating Wycombe at Adams Park last month, it also marks the first league win since Boxing Day at the Coral Windows Stadium.
The victory leaves the bantams only 7 points off the play-offs, with one game in hand on some of the teams above and the next two fixtures at Valley Parade against Bristol Rovers an Southend.
Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, Meredith, Davies, McArdle, Hines, Jones, Ravenhill, Reid, Hanson, Thompson (Subs) Duke, Atkinson, McHugh, Connell, Nelson, Wells, Doyle
Wycombe Wanderers – Archer, Winfield, Lewis, Wood, Grant, Dunne, Morgan, Harriman, Scowen, McClure, Doherty (Subs) Ingram, Ainsworth, Oli, McCoy, Kuffour, Morias, Hause
Goals – (Bradford City) Thompson (7)
Attendance – 8,047