Bradford City 2 v 1 Shrewsbury Town (Skybet League One)
Bradford City fans woke to the news of a new signing in centre forward Caleb Forlan, the Republic of Ireland International has joined the club from T Team Football Club in Malaysia on a short term deal until the end of December 2013.
It was an afternoon of mixed fortunes for Phil Parkinson’s men as they first of all lost Rory McArdle to illness before the game, but then went on to beat the Shrews 2-1. Bradford battled for the full ninety minutes against a well organised Shrewsbury Town team managed by Graham Turner.
Shrewsbury took the lead after just two minutes, when Tom Bradshaw headed in from close range following a right-wing cross from Ryan Woods.
Shrewsbury continued to press and Adam Reach had two efforts on goal, the first came on eleven minutes when he shot just wide of the Bradford goal with a long range effort.
The second came four minutes later, when Reach picked up a loose ball just outside the City penalty area which he hit on the volley, but the shot went comfortably wide of McLaughlin’s post.
On twenty minutes, there was more bad news for the Bantams as Shrewsbury defender Dave Winfield appeared to aim a kick at the ankle of Nahki Wells. After receiving some treatment Wells had to be replaced by Mark Yeates.
After forty-one minutes, Kyel Reid ran with the ball from distance beating a couple of Shrewsbury players before forcing Chris Weale to tip his rising drive over the bar.
On the stroke of half-time, Shrewsbury’s Joe Jacobson took a free-kick from just outside the Bradford City penalty area, but it went straight into the arms of Jon McLaughlin.
The second half started with Nathan Doyle winning the ball in midfield, before running at the Shrewsbury defence and driving a shot from distance. However the shot went wide of Chris Weale’s goal.
On fifty minutes, Shrewsbury’s Dave Winfield hit a fierce low drive direct from a free-kick for thirty yards, which went narrowly wide of Jon McLaughlin’s post.
Tom Bradshaw then went close for Shrewsbury when he met Ryan Wood’s low cross, but the striker’s effort only found the side-netting.
Kyel Reid brought Bradford level on the hour following a Mark Yeates cross, the cross was missed by James Hanson at the near post only for Reid to slot past Weale in the Shrewsbury goal from eight yards.
Bradford started to take control of the game and two minutes after the goal, James Hanson was sent clear only to be brought down at the edge of the Shrewsbury penalty area by Dave Winfield who received a yellow card.
On sixty-six minutes, Mark Yeates took control of the ball just inside the Shrewsbury area with his back to goal, he then made himself a yard of space and curled a shot just wide of Weale’s far post.
Tom Bradshaw could have sealed the win for the visitors on eighty-one minutes, when he missed a golden chance following a Luke Summerfield pass that beat Andrew Davies and left him one-on-one with Jon McLaughlin. Bradshaw tried to dink his shot over McLaughlin’s head and ended up putting his shot well wide of the Bradford goal.
On eighty-eight minutes Shrewsbury’s Dave Winfield was shown a red card for handling a Mark Yeates shot at goal, leaving Shrewsbury down to ten men for the final two minutes plus injury time.
In the final minute of injury time, following a James Meredith cross James Hanson shot passed Chris Weale in the Shrewsbury goal to give Bradford a hard fought 2-1 victory.
Speaking after the game Phil Parkinson said “It is a great three points for us. Conceding the early goal, losing Rory the morning of the match and Nahki going off injured – it wasn’t going our way. But we could feel it in the stadium. The fans never stopped believing because they know we have the ability to produce something even right at the end. They know that we have a group of players here that will keep going.”
Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, Meredith, Oliver, Davies, Reid, jones, Doyle, Thompson, Hanson, Wells (Subs) Ripley, McHugh, Connell, Ravenhill, Yeates, Gray, De Vita
Shrewsbury Town – Weale, Jacobson, Jones, Winfield, Goldson, Summerfield, Wildig, Woods, Reach, Bradshaw, Main (Subs) Anyon, McQuade, Mkandawire, Smith, McAllister, Burke
Goals – (Bradford City) Reid (60), Hanson (90) (Shrewsbury Town) Bradshaw (2)
Attendance – 14,128