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Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0

18 April 2014

(Good) Friday 18 April 2014
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 1 (Reach 27)
Peterborough United 0
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 13,820 (652 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Thomas Gadd

Bradford City picked up a vital and hard-fought victory over Play-Offs hopefuls Peterborough United in their Good Friday fixture at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Adam Reach's delightful free-kick just before the half hour mark sealed the win for City against a 'Boro side who had Shaun Brisley sent off shortly before the interval for two bookings in a minute of each other.

With Reach looking dangerous at the top of a 'diamond formation' midfield for City, Phil Parkinson's men deservedly held the lead at the break thanks to the Middlesbrough's loanee's tremendous strike.

The attacker's set-piece goal came after Reach had won the free-kick himself by showing some fancy footwork to get the better of both Tommy Rowe and Jack Payne.

Reach dusted himself down to take the kick and proceeded the curl the effort into the top corner past Jack Day's dive from all of 25 yards out.

Reach was involved in the action again five minutes before the break when Peterborough defender Brisley was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Barely sixty seconds after collecting his first booking for bringing down Jon Stead as the attacker looked to surge into Peterborough territory, Brisley was penalised again in similar fashion to leave the away side a man down after halting Reach's progress.

Despite being at a numerical disadvantage, Peterborough threw caution to the wind in the second period, on occasion leaving only one or two defenders back during attacks.

One of the visitors' brightest moments of the second period came when Britt Assombalonga got free of Adam Drury to surge into the Bantams area.

Assombalonga tried to pick out team-mate Conor Washington with the cut back, but Stephen Darby was in the right place to make the vital block and Jon McLaughlin managed to gather up the scraps.

Peterborough kept City's defence occupied for most of the half as time slowly ticked away, with Assombalonga lurking as a constant threat, but Parkinson's side could have managed a second in injury time when sub Kyle Bennett fed a Reach cross back into the path of the recalled James Hanson.

Hanson's shot had the beating of Day but left back Kgosi Ntlhe was on hand to kick clear off his goal-line. Before his involvement in Hanson's effort, Bennett had himself already been repelled earlier in the half when he saw his header well-saved by Day following another Reach cross into the area.

Along with Hanson's chance, Peterborough's Mark Little also went close in injury time when a long kick forward from Day deflected off Assombalonga and into his path. The roaming right-back's low effort from the edge of the area was well-struck but McLaughlin got down well to his left to cling onto the drive.

Two Peterborough corners in added time gave Day the opportunity to leave his own area and make his presence felt in the Bantams penalty box. Despite the added figure of the Peterborough 'keeper in the box, however, the Bantams saw out the danger to pick up a massive victory.

FT: Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0

Day is up again! City clear the corner though.90+4min:

Ntlhe clears off the line! Reach's cross into the area is teed up for Hanson by Bennett but the striker's shot is kicked clear right in front of goal by the Peterborough defender.90+4min:

A long kick forward from Day hits off Assombalonga and into the path of Little, who forces McLaughlin into good reaction save with a low strike from the edge of the area.90+1min:

Day comes up for a late corner! The set-piece ends, however, when Rowe heads at McLaughlin.90+1min:

There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.90min:

Latching onto a loose free-kick from Jack Baldwin, Bennett drives for Peterborough's penalty area. The attacker strikes for goal from around the edge of the box but the drives goes over.86min:

Reach's cross into the area picks out the run of Bennett in the middle but the substitute's header is blocked by the legs of Day.76min:

Peterborough bring on Lloyd Isgrove for Washington.75min: SUB -

Drury is booked for kicking the ball away following the award of a Peterborough free-kick inside the visitors' half.72min: YELLOW CARD -

Reach's near post shot from angle inside the area has to be tipped behind by Day after the City winger had been set up by some purposeful work from Mclean.71min:

On the stretch, Hanson reaches Bennett's cross into the box but his header sails wide.70min:

Assombalonga plays the ball back into the path of Bostwick, who drills over with a drive from distance.69min:

The Bantams bring on Aaron Mclean and Kyle Bennett for Stead and De Vita respectively.67min: SUBS -

Reach's teasing cross into the area is helped into the path of Stead by Hanson. Positioned in a decent area inside the area, Stead tries to get the ball out of his feet for a shot but he can't do so before Peterborough can clear their lines.66min:

Assombalonga cuts inside onto his left foot from Peterborough's right wing before angling in a shot from around 20 yards out that curls narrowly wide of the far post.64min:

Davies is now back on the pitch as Payne curls an effort over the bar from just outside the area.61min:

Davies is down and needing treatment from Head Physio Matt Barrass after appearing to be caught late by Assombalonga.60min:

Assombalonga gets away from Drury to leave the attacker with a free run into City's area from Peterborough's right flank. Once in the box, the attacker cuts the ball back looking for the run of Conor Washington but Stephen Darby is in the right place to block the cross and McLaughlin can gather up the loose ball.58min:

Alcock's low cross finds Britt Assombalonga in a little pocket of space inside the area. The striker shoots for goal but the effort takes a deflection off Andrew Davies and goes behind for a corner.55min:

Reach curls an effort for goal from just outside the area but the shot sails a good few yards over.47min:

Peterborough bring on Craig Alcock and Michael Bostwick for Joe Newell and Ajose respectively.HT SUB -

HT: Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0

There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.45min:

Drury's cross into the area is headed up and out by Jack Payne but only into the path of the lurking De Vita, who fizzes in a stunning volley from the edge of the penalty area that whistles narrowly over the bar.41min:

Almost unbelievably, Brisley receives his second booking in a minute for a similar foul, this time on Reach, to suddenly leave Peterborough down to ten men.40min YELLOW CARD = RED CARD -

Shaun Brisley is booked for bringing down Stead after the striker had knocked the ball past the defender and looked to surge into the open space behind him.39min: YELLOW CARD -

Teed up by Jones, Reach fires wide with a strike from around 20 yards out.33min:

Reaching a free ball first, Adam Drury lets rip first time with a effort from outside the area that fizzes across goal and needs Day to push it away.32min:

Stead takes aim from distance but the effort is skewed horribly wide and actually ends up hitting the T.L Dallas sign at the top of the stand.31min:

27min: GOAL!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0 - City take the lead through a delightful strike from Reach! After initially winning the free-kick through some fancy footwork, the attacker takes the kick himself and proceeds to curl the ball into the top corner from all of 25 yards out.

De Vita sends over a delightful cross that whistles across the six yard box, narrowly beating the lurking Hanson in the process. Any touch there from Hanson surely would have resulted in a goal for the Bantams.24min:

21min:  Peterborough kick off the match. City will kick towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half. The Bantams look like they are matching Peterborough with a ‘diamond shape’ in midfield. Nathan Doyle will sit at the bottom of the diamond, with Adam Reach playing in attacking midfield behind James Hanson and Jon Stead in attack.0min:
Raffaele De Vita tees up Doyle for a shooting opportunity but the midfielder’s rising drive from around 20 yards out is held by Joe Day.
Peterborough have two shots from just outside the area blocked by City players before Jack Payne eventually drills wide with a low strike from a few yards outside the box.
Nicky Ajose pounces on a loose ball just inside the area after Rory McArdle had blocked out a Mark Little cross into the box. Ajose strikes first time but he seems to snatch at the ball and the effort sails harmlessly over.
Reach takes aim from outside but his effort sails a yard or so over Day’s crossbar.
A neat little flick from Ajose gives Tommy Rowe the space to run forwards towards City’s penalty area. Rowe fires for goal from outside the box but his low angled drive bounces wide of Jon McLaughlin’s far post.14min:
A low left-footed drive from De Vita just outside the penalty box is held by Day.
Adam Drury’s cross into the box deflects into the path of Gary Jones, who is lurking just outside the area. The midfielder hooks the ball goalwards but the effort drops narrowly over the bar.

McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, De Vita, Doyle, Jones, Reach, Hanson, Stead

Subs: Barker, Dolan, Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, Mclean, Bennett

Bradford City changes:
Mclean for Stead (67), Bennett for De Vita (67)

Bradford City cautions:
Drury (72)

Day, Little, Brisley, Baldwin, Ntlhe, Payne, Newell, Rowe, Ajose, Washington, Assombalonga

Subs: Lynch, Alcock, Bostwick, McCann, Nugent, McQuoid, Isgrove

Peterborough United changes:
Alcock for Newell (46), Bostwick for Ajose (46), Isgrove for Washington (75)

Peterborough United cautions:
Brisley (39, 40)

Peterborough United dismissals:
Brisley (40)

Referee: A Haines
Assistant Referee: K Mattocks
Assistant Referee: M Parry
Fourth Official: A Clayton

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