Bradford City 1 v 0 Peterborough United (Skybet League One)
Good Friday proved to be just that, as Bradford City made sure of their Skybet League One status with an excellent win over play-off hopefuls Peterborough United. All of the talk before the game was about the former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and whether he would attend the game to support his son Darren Ferguson (Peterborough Manager).
Both sides started the game quickly and had chances in the opening minutes. The first real attempt fell to Bradford City with only two minutes on the clock; as Raffaele De Vita played a square ball to Nathan Doyle and from twenty yards the midfielder’s rising effort was well held by Joe Day in the Peterborough goal.
On five minutes, Peterborough United then had two shots just outside the Bradford penalty area, which were both blocked by the City defence, before Jack Payne eventually drilled his shot wide of Jon McLaughlin’s goal. Nicky Ajose then pounced on a loose ball two minutes later, but his first time shot sailed harmlessly over the Bradford bar.
Bradford then started to increase the pressure on Peterborough and on eighteen minutes Raffaele De Vita hit a low left footed shot from just outside the Peterborough area which was again saved by Joe Day.
Adam Drury then sent in an excellent left footed cross, which was cleared to the edge of the area, only for Gary Jones to hook a shot goalwards, but his effort dropped narrowly over the Peterborough crossbar.
On twenty-four minutes, Raffaele De Vita delivered a delightful cross that went straight across the Peterborough six yard box, narrowly missing James Hanson’s head, any touch from Hanson would have given the Bantams the first goal in the game.
Bradford City then took the lead on twenty-seven minutes, after initially winning the freekick through some fancy footwork, Adam Reach then took the kick himself and produced a curling shot into the top corner of the Peterborough goal from all of twenty-five yards to give Bradford a 1-0 lead.
On thirty-one minutes, Shaun Brisley received a yellow card for a foul on striker Jon Stead, as the Bradford striker knocked the ball past the defender to run clear at goal the defender stuck out a leg to trip Stead.
Unbelievably, Brisley received his second yellow card in a minute and was dismissed leaving Peterborough down to ten men, this time it was for a foul on Adam Reach who had broken clear of the Peterborough defence.
On thirty-two minutes Adam Drury hit an excellent left footed shot from the corner of the Peterborough area which went over over the crossbar.
Adam Drury was involved again on forty-two minutes when his cross was headed up and out by Peterborough’s Jack Payne but only into the path of a waiting Raffaele De Vita, who sent a stunning volley from the edge of the penalty area whistling narrowly over the Peterborough crossbar.
Peterborough started the second half on top and had three early chances; the first fell to Britt Assombalonga on fifty-five minutes when he found himself free in the area but his shot took a deflection off Andrew Davies and went out for a corner. The second effort fell to Conor Washington following an excellent run and pass by Assombalonga, however Washington’s shot was blocked by a well timed Stephen Darby challenge.
The third effort came on sixty-four minutes, when Britt Assombalonga cut in from the right-hand flank and unleashed an angled shot from around twenty yards that curled just wide of Jon McLaughlin’s goal.
In the final twenty minutes it was Bradford who had the upper hand as they caught Peterborough on the counter attack. On seventy-one minutes Aaron McLean set up Adam Reach who had an angled shot at the near post saved by Joe Day.
Kyel Bennett should have then doubled the Bantams’ lead on seventy-six minutes when he met an Adam Reach cross six yards out but his header was well saved by Joe Day. Then in the final minute, of four added minutes, a James Hanson shot was cleared off the line by Jack Baldwin to make the final score 1-0 to Bradford City.
Speaking after the game Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said, “We spoke to the players this week about bringing that away discipline and resiliency into our home games. We certainly had that tonight, everyone fighting for the cause, the lads are shattered in that dressing room because of the effort they have put in, they have given absolutely everything.
I felt the first half we were excellent and deserved the lead. They were still a danger though even when they went down to ten men because they have so many good attacking players. They went really gung-ho in the second half and at times looked threatening, but we also had chances on the break to finish it off.
That determination and fighting spirit was there tonight again, it was important that our supporters saw a really committed display. It wasn’t perfect, I don’t think you can get everything perfect but one thing it was is spirited.”
Bradford City – MaLaughlin, Darby, Drury, McArdle, Davies, Jones, Doyle, De Vita, Hanson, Stead, Reach (Subs) Barker, Dolan, Bennett, McLean, Yeates, McHugh, Thompson
Peterborough United – Day, Little, Ntlhe, Newell, Boldwin, Brisley, Ajose, Payne, Washington, Assombalonga, Rowe (Subs) Alcock, Bostwick, McCann, Nugent, Lynch, McQuoid, Isgrove
Goals – (Bradford City) Reach (26)
Attendance – 13,820