at the Northern Commercials Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Coventry City 1 (Agyei 13)
Bradford City 3 (McMahon 67 pen, 75 pen, Marshall 69)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 20 August 2016
Attendance: 17,595 (570 visitors)
A strong second half showing from Stuart McCall's Bantams ensured City secured a come-from-behind victory over Coventry City for their third straight league win on the trot.
A thirteenth-minute strike from Daniel Agyei had given Coventry a deserved lead at the break but two penalties from Tony McMahon sandwiched either side of a stunning strike from Mark Marshall earned all three points for McCall's men.
All three City goals against Coventry came with eight minutes during the second period as City turned the game on its head following an out-of-sorts first half display.
McMahon's first penalty - City's leveller - saw Coventry defender Jordan Turnbull given a straight red card after he had hauled back Billy Clarke inside the box.
The win gives City their best start to a league campaign since 1997 and lifts them to third in the Sky Bet League One table after four games.
Following some early pressure from Coventry, including a shot well-saved by Colin Doyle from former Bantam Kyel Reid, the visitors took the lead through Sky Blues debutant Agyei.
The powerful forward, who signed on loan at the Ricoh Arena from Burnley during the week, turned Romain Vincelot on the edge of the box after being fed the ball by Ben Stevenson.
Josh Cullen tried to get back with the recovering tackle as the striker moved into the box but Agyei's shot bobbled up over Doyle and into the net.
Coventry continued to look the more likely scorers during opening exchanges of the first period, with Agyei looking a particular nuisance up front, before City slowly worked their way back into the contest.
Nicky Law could have equalised on the stroke of half time after being played into space by Billy Clarke but his shot from inside the box was blocked behind by an alert Jordan Willis.
Regrouping at the break, City began after the restart on the front-foot, although they had to be thankful for a superb sliding tackle from McMahon to rob Reid after the winger had been played in by Agyei.
Clarke, Daniel Devine and Mark Marshall all tested Reice Charles-Cook in the Coventry goal before the Bantams were given a chance to level things up from the penalty spot.
Vincelot played Clarke in behind Coventry's defences with a well-placed ball over the top. Now in the box, the striker looked to get his shot away but he was dragged back by Turnbull, resulting in a spot-kick to City and a red card for the centre half.
Charles-Cook guessed the right way for McMahon's resulting penalty but the spot-kick had too much power and placement as the ball found the net.
Just two minutes later, City were in the lead thanks to a brilliant effort from Marshall. The winger cut inside onto his left foot from the right flank before drilling in a low drive from distance that whistled past Charles-Cook's despairing dive and into the bottom corner.
City were rampant at this stage and they had another penalty in the game shortly afterwards when Cullen was tripped inside the box by Vladimir Gadzhev.
McMahon took responsibility again, sending Charles-Cook the wrong way this time for City's third goal of the afternoon.
The Bantams could have had fourth eight minutes from the end but Marshall was denied by a fine goal-saving block from Lewis Page after Charles-Cook had parried out Clarke's shot inside the box.
The only downside for City in the closing minutes was the sight of McMahon limping off with a suspected thigh injury.
FT: Bradford City 3 Coventry City 1
90+1min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Reece Webb-Foster for Billy Clarke.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the fixture.
90min: McCann surges into the box following a quick Coventry attack but the midfielder's rising drive from an angle inside the box goes over.
89min: SUB - Following a break in play, the Bantams are finally able to replace McMahon with Filipe Morais.
87min: City are temporarily down to ten men themselves as McMahon hobbles off with an apparent injury.
84min: The Bantams catch out Coventry with a quick free-kick, as Marshall finds himself in space inside the box. The winger lofts the ball over Charles-Cook's head but Dion Kelly-Evans is in position to head clear right in front of goal.
82min: City go so close to a fourth! Meredith's low cross into the box finds Billy Clarke in space. The Irishman shoots for goal but his effort is pushed away by Charles-Cook. After side-stepping the Coventry 'keeper, Marshall looks set to smash in the rebound but he is denied by a superb block from Lewis Page.
81min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Timothee Dieng for Devine.
80min: Billy Clarke's shot on the turn from the edge of the area is held by Charles-Cook.
75min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Coventry City 1 - McMahon rifles the resulting spot-kick high into the top corner, sending Charles-Cook the wrong way in the process, to extend City's lead in the game.
74min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS! - Cullen is brought down just inside the area by Gadzhev and the referee points to the spot again!
74min: Law plays Billy Clarke in space in behind Coventry's back-line but a recovering Harries manages to block the striker's shot inside the box.
73min: Two neat flicks from Hiwula and Billy Clarke from a City throw-in sees the ball drop into the path of Devine, who fires in a first-time strike from just outside the box narrowly wide of Charles-Cook's near post.
73min: SUB - Coventry bring on George Thomas for Sam Ricketts.
69min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Coventry City 1 - What a strike from Marshall to give City the lead! The winger lets rip with a left-footed effort from all of 25 yards out that whistles into the far bottom corner!
68min: SUB - Coventry bring on Cian Harries for Reid.
67min:GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Coventry City 1 - McMahon fires confidently into corner, Charles-Cook guesses the right way but the power and placement on the kick manages to beat him.
66min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS AND RED CARD - City have a penalty when Billy Clarke is deemed to have been pulled back inside the box by Jordan Turnbull following Vincelot's ball over the top. With Clarke through on goal and Turnbull the last man, the Coventry defender is given a straight red card.
64min: Meredith's low cross into the box eventually drops at the feet of Marshall. The winger engineers himself a shooting opportunity but his low drive is held by Charles-Cook at his near post.
62min: Both McMahon and Reid are able to continue once again, as play restarts.
60min: SUB - Coventry bring on Marcus Tudgay for Agyei.
60min: McMahon and Reid are both down receiving treatment after clashing with tangling for a bouncing ball just inside City's half of the pitch.
59min: Hiwula looks to try and get on the end of a dangerous cross from McMahon but a brilliant clearance from Willis on the stretch puts the ball behind for a corner.
57min: Law's floated delivery into the box from the resulting corner finds Vincelot but his downward header bounces up off the turf and onto the top of Charles-Cook's net.
56min: Devine fires for goal from just inside the box and his angled drive is pushed around the near post by Charles-Cook.
56min: Billy Clarke tries to play Jordy Hiwula through on goal but the on-loan forward seems to get the ball under his feet as Willis looks to challenge. Hiwula eventually gets away from Willis but a recovering McCann gets in the right position to clear.
54min: McMahon fizzes the ball dangerously across Coventry's six yard box but there's no-one in claret and amber waiting in the middle for a shot on goal from close range.
52min: Billy Clarke eventually gets his shot away following James Meredith's cross into the box but the lofted effort is easily gathered by Charles-Cook.
50min: Agyei plays Reid in with a sight of goal just inside the box but as the Sky Blues attacker looks to shoot, he is dispossessed by a fine sliding tackle from McMahon.
47min: Billy Clarke lets fly with an effort from just outside the area but his shot on the turn sails comfortably high and wide of Reice Charles-Cook's goal.
46min: The Bantams kick off the second period.
HT: Bradford City 0 Coventry City 1
45+2min: A great through-ball from Billy Clarke plays Law into space inside Coventry's penalty. Law runs onto the ball and looks to shoot for goal but his effort is deflected behind by a sliding block from Jordan Willis.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
40min: Nicky Law's short corner into Mark Marshall nearly catches Coventry sleeping. Marshall gets into a shooting position but his effort from a tight angle is blocked behind by McCann.
28min: Agyei turns away from Knight-Percival just inside City's half before powering towards the penalty area. The on-loan striker looks to go for goal but his path is blocked by Vincelot and City can eventually clear their lines.
26min: Vladimir Gadzhev's curling left-footed effort from just outside the area direct from a Coventry free-kick goes narrowly over.
17min: Chris McCann tries his luck from outside the area but his rising drive sails over.
13min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Coventry City 1 - The visitors take the lead through Agyei. Daniel Devine is robbed of possession just outside the area, with the ball breaking free for Agyei to have a clear sight of goal. A recovering Josh Cullen tries to put the Coventry striker under pressure but Agyei still manages to bundle the ball over Doyle and into the net.
9min: Lewis Page bursts into the box between two City players before going down. On first glance, it appears like Page may have gone down rather easily and referee Mr Miller seems to agree, allowing play to continue.
8min: Kyel Reid charges down a clearance from Romain Vincelot just inside City's penalty area to leave him with a run on goal. Reid strikes low but Colin Doyle sticks out a left to make the important block.
7min: Daniel Agyei uses his pace and power to get away from Nathaniel Knight-Percival down Coventry's right and into City's penalty area. From a wide position, Agyei crosses low into the box but Tony McMahon is well positioned to kick clear, with his clearance actually bouncing off Agyei and out for a goal-kick.
0min: Coventry City kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the TL Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Law, Cullen, Devine, Marshall, Hiwula, B Clarke
Subs: Sattelmaier, Dieng, Anderson, Rabiega, Morais, Webb-Foster
Bradford City substitutions:
Dieng for Devine (81), Morais for McMahon (89), Webb-Foster for B Clarke (90+1)
COVENTRY CITY LINE UP:
Charles-Cook, Willis, Turnbull, Ricketts, Kelly-Evans, Page, McCann, Stevenson, Gadzhev, Reid, Agyei
Subs: Burge, Lameiras, Tudgay, Haynes, Finch, Thomas, Harries
:Coventry City substitutions
Tudgay for Agyei (60), Harries for Reid (68), G Thomas for Ricketts (73)
Coventry City dismissals:
Referee: N Miller
Assistant Referee: P Hobday
Assistant Referee: N Aspinall
Fourth Official: S Clayton