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23 August 2014

Saturday 23 August 2014at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Peterborough United 1 (Vassell 57)
Bradford City 0
Sky Bet League 1

Vassell finished well inside the area past Jordan Pickford just before the hour mark, and just shortly after City had lost Andrew Davies to injury, to give all three points to the visitors.

A single second half goal from Peterborough's Kyle Vassell consigned the Bantams to their first defeat of the 2014/2015 season.

Attendance: 13,546 (460 visitors)

The break to treat Davies' arm injury after the restart was one of three injury time-outs during the second period, leading to nine minutes of added time at the end of the match.

City couldn't make those extra minutes count, however, as Peterborough hung to pick up a narrow win from the tight encounter.

FT: Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 1
Meredith's long throw-in into the box is knocked into the path of Yeates by Rory McArdle but the Irishman's first time poke for goal with the outside his right boot sails over.
90min: There will be 9 minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
85min: Mclean's downward header from Darby's cross into the box is comfortably held by Alnwick.
) -YELLOW CARD83min: SUB ( Peterborough bring on Grant McCann for Newell. The departing Newell is booked for taking too long to come off as he is substituted.
82min: SUB - Peterborough bring on Tyrone Barnett for Vassell.
80min: Hanson cuts inside from a wide position before letting rip with a swerving effort from distance that Alnwick has to push over.
72min: Vassell fires wide of Pickford's top corner with a direct free-kick from just outside City's penalty area.
70min: After picking up a loose pass from Knott, Newel drives into City's penalty box before forcing Pickford to tip around his near post with a rising drive.
68min: SUBS - The Bantams bring on Aaron Mclean and Mark Yeates for Bennett and Morais respectively.
67min: Complete with numberless blood shirt and a head bandage, Brisley returns to the field after receiving some stitches to bring Peterborough back up to their full compliment.
62min: There is another lengthy stoppage in the game when Shaun Brisley takes a whack to the head following an aerial clash. The defender eventually needs to go off for stitches in a head wound, temporarily leaving the visitors down to ten men for the second time in the game.
58min: Smith drives over with a hopeful shot from distance.
Forceful work from Smith sees the ball drop into the path of Vassell just inside the area. The striker has the time and space to drive forward, pick his spot and fire past a helpless Pickford into the top right corner of the net.57min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 1 -
55min: SUB -
Thankfully for Davies, the stretcher isn't needed and the defender is able to walk off himself. He is holding his left arm, however, suggesting he may done some damage to the shoulder or arm. Davies is replaced by left back James Meredith, with Sheehan moving into central defence.
52min: There is some concern around the Coral Windows Stadium as the club doctor and a stretcher are called for when Davies falls to the ground in agony after being clattered into by Pickford as the 'keeper comes out to claim a cross.
50min: Hanson's low strike from inside the box is straight at Alnwick.
48min: Santos' ball down City's left channel plays Ferdinand into clear space for him to run into. The lurking Smith runs onto Ferdinand's ball into the area but the Peterborough substitute blasts high and wide of Pickford's goal.
46min: Peterborough restart the game.
HT: Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 0
Knott forces Ben Alnwick into a full length dive with a low strike from outside the area. Mason Bennett then sees a shot from deep inside the box bundled behind for a corner seconds later. The home crowd and a number of players seem to feel the ball came off a Peterborough defender's hand as it went behind but only a corner is given.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first period.
43min: Ferdinand's in-swinging cross is headed narrowly wide by Santos from only yards out by Pickford's far post.
42min: From the resulting corner, Pickford comes to claim Newell's delivery but he fails to get a clean connection on the ball and Ricardo Santos is able to head against City's far post from close range. Peterborough try to scramble the loose ball in but City eventually clear it behind for another corner.
42min: Washington spins away into shooting space just outside the box but his low drive deflects behind for a Peterborough corner.
20min: SUB - With Peterborough down to ten men for a good few minutes due to an injury to Mendez-Laing, the attacker is eventually replaced by Michael Smith.
15min: Ferdinand cuts inside past Billy Knott following Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's free-kick down City's left flank. Ferdinand moves into the area and shoots but his low effort is dragged comfortably wide of Pickford's near post.
14min: Peterborough counter-attack from a City free-kick delivery into the visitors' penalty area. Kyle Vassell plays Washington into space just outside City's own box with only Stephen Darby preventing him a free run on Jordan Pickford's goal. Washington gets his shot away but Pickford repels the effort and Kane Ferdinand's follow up shot is then blocked away by City's defence.
11min: Joe Newell's low cross into the area is set back by Jermaine Anderson into the path of Conor Washington but the striker's rising effort from just outside the box sails harmlessly over.
6min: Alan Sheehan's free-kick delivery into the area from near the byline eventually drops into the path of Filipe Morais, who volleys narrowly wide of goal with a strike from just inside the box.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the Community Kop in the first half after being switched around by the visitors Peterborough United.

Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Sheehan, Liddle, Kennedy, Knott, Morais, Bennett, Hanson

Subs: Williams, Meredith, Dolan, Mclean, Yeates, Routis, McBurnie

Bradford City changes:
Meredith for Davies (55), Mclean for Bennett (68), Yeates for Morais (68)

Alnwick, Santos, Burgess, Brisley, Newell, Payne, Ferdinand, Anderson, Mendez-Laing, Vassell, Washington

Subs: Day, Smith, McCann, Barnett, Luto, Anderson, Edwards

Peterborough United cautions:
Newell (83)

Peterborough United changes:
Smith for Mendez-Laing (20), Barnett for Vassell (82), McCann for Newell (83)

Referee: G Salisbury
Assistant Referee: G Hart
Assistant Referee: R Johnson
Fourth Official: T Bramall

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