Bradford City 1 v 2 Swindon Town (Skybet League One)
City started the better of the two sides and after just two minutes they were awarded a penalty, when Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham slipped to allow Billy Clarke to get to the ball first, Foderingham then got to his feet before stretching out a leg to bring Clarke down in the area.
Alan Sheehan stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but Wes Foderingham guessed the right way low to his left and pushed Sheehan’s effort around the post for a corner.
Bradford then took the lead on ten minutes following a neat one-two between Billy Clarke and Mark Yeates down City left flank, Yeates then found space to send in a low cross towards Jason Kennedy but Louis Thompson slid in to tackle Kennedy and put the ball through his own goal.
On seventeen minutes, Jordan Pickford produced an excellent one-handed save to push over a Yaser Kasim twenty yard free-kick from just outside the area that looked destined for the top corner.
Swindon Town were level just five minutes later when a Bradley Smith far post corner was headed back across goal by Michael Smith to Jonathan Obika who was on hand to head home from close range to make it 1-1.
Just after the half an hour mark, James Hanson got onto the end of a Stephen Darby cross but his shot failed to trouble Foderingham in the Swindon goal as it lacked power and placement.
As half-time approached Swindon Town took the lead from another set piece when a Nathan Byrne corner was only half cleared and Obika is on hand to fire into the top corner as the ball drops frees inside the area to make it 2-1.
Swindon’s tactic’s in the second half was very unprofessional as time after time they stopped the game by either committing fouls or going down for no reason to try and force a reaction from the Bradford players.
Just after the hour mark Swindon went close when Branco sent a free header over the bar from Byrne corner. From the resulting corner Kasim sent a drive from outside the area just over Pickford’s goal.
City thought they had got back on terms after seventy-seven minutes following a free-kick from Alan Sheehan, which was missed in the area by three City players. Jason Kennedy then collect the ball on the right side of the box, before crossing a high ball back across the area were Gary Liddle headed the ball home only his goal to be disallowed.
On eighty-seven minutes, AlanSheehan went close to a City equaliser when his direct free-kick from twenty-five yards whistled narrowly wide of Wes Foderingham’s goal.
Stephen Darby then went close in the ninety-fourth minute, when he got on the end of an Alan Sheehan cross, Darby’s header looked to be going into the right-hand side of the Swindon goal until Wes Foderingham stuck out a hand to tip the ball around the post.
Things then went from bad to worst on ninety-seven minutes, as Alan Sheehan is given a straight red card for a confrontation with Branco near the touchline. Branco went down after being caught in the stomach by Sheehan as frustrations boiled over.
At full time manager Phil Parkinson had an exchange of views with a supporter as he left the field. The supporters comments and foul mouthed attack seemed to upset a normally claim City manager.
Speaking after the match manager Phil Parkinson said, “We worked so hard this week to prepare for this game because we were determined to put in a better performance than we did against Yeovil Town last Saturday.
I thought we started the game tremendously well, got the penalty, missed it, went again, and then scored a good goal thanks to great play from Billy Clarke, Mark Yeates and Jason Kennedy driving into the box.
The fact that we have conceded five goals in our last two home games and four of them have come from set-pieces, really isn’t good enough. I certainly can’t remember a time as manager here where such a high percentage of our goals conceded have come from those situations. It is very frustrating.
Bradford City – Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Knott, Liddle, Kennedy, Yeates, Clarke, Hanson (Subs) Williams, Mclean, Routis, McBurnie, Morais, Bennett, Wright
Swindon Town – Foderingham, Byrne, Branco, N Thompson, Turnbull, B Smith, Kasim, Luongo, L Thompson, M Smith, Obika (Subs) Belford, Williams, Reeves, Lelan, Waldon, Barker, Barthram
Goals – (Bradford City) Thompson (10 og) (Swindon Town) Obika (23, 43)
Attendance – 12,486