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19 October 2021



19 October 2021

The Bantams fell to defeat at the Utilita Energy Stadium, losing 3-1 to Hartlepool United.

A double from Mark Cullen and a Yann Songo'o own goal proved enough to condemn City so their first home Sky Bet League Two defeat of the campaign. 

The deadlock was broken inside the opening minute - when Gavan Holohan’s strike was parried into the path of Mark Cullen who slotted the ball home to put the visitors in front.

Pools came closest to getting the second goal - when Luke Molyneux’s darting run down the right allowed him to lose his marker, before cutting in and striking the ball wide of the mark.

The Bantams then came close just before the break. Charles Vernam latched onto Oscar Threlkeld's looping cross before driving the ball towards the bottom corner where it was met by Ben Killip to keep his side ahead at the break.

Mark Cullen got his second of the game as he headed home from close range to double Pools’ advantage.

Paudie O’Connor pulled one back for the hosts - as the man with the armband rose highest to meet Callum Cooke's corner to restore some hope for the Bantams.

The captain’s goal was ultimately in vain, though, as Yann Songo’o turned a low ball into his own net in the final minute to condemn City to defeat.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (Finn Cousin-Dawson 61’), Paudie O’Connor ©, Yann Songo’o, Callum Cooke (booked 69’); Andy Cook, Alex Gilliead (Caolan Lavery 61’), Matthew Foulds, Charles Vernam; Elliot Watt (Theo Robinson 76’), Levi Sutton (booked 88’). SUBS (not used): Niall Canavan, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales. 

GOALS: O’Connor 72’.

HARTLEPOOL: Ben Killip; Jamie Sterry, David Ferguson, Mark Shelton, Nicky Featherstone © ; Mark Cullen (Joe Grey 70’), Luke Molyneux (Reagan Ogle 89’), Gavan Holohan (Mike Fondop-Talom 85’), Neil Byrne; Luke Hendrie, Matty Daly. SUBS (not used): Jonathan Mitchell, Timi Odusina, Eddy Jones, Tom Crawford. 

GOALS: Cullen 1’, 59’, Songo’o 90’ OG.

REFEREE: Tom Nield

ATTENDANCE: 14,344 (759 visitors).

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