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17 September 2022

Match Reports


17 September 2022

Mark Hughes' Bantams extended their winning streak to four matches in all competitions, seeing off Stevenage in style, 3-0. 

In a match where respects were paid to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Andy Cook's third brace of the season and Tyreik Wright’s first goal in claret and amber ensured City ended the day thee points from the automatic promotion spots. 

The Bantams started the brighter of the two sides. Brad Halliday’s through ball caught out the Boro defence and played in Harry Chapman, but his lofted centre could not find Cook.

The first real chance of the encounter came through the hosts, as Harry Chapman’s clipped cross found Scott Banks, whose glancing header was turned behind for a corner by Taye Ashby-Hammond.

Hughes’ side made their early momentum count, as from Richie Smallwood’s resulting corner, Cook rose quickest to nod home at the near post and put the Bantams in the driving seat after six minutes. 

City's bright attacking threat continued to cause havoc for Steve Evans’ side. A quick counter-attack caught out Saxon Earley as Banks’ right-footed shot was well-held by Ashby-Hammond.

Hughes' men created the better chances throughout the first period, and after patient possession around the 18-yard box, Chapman’s ball into Cook looked destined to give City their second goal of the game.

Cook’s first-time effort was stopped by Ashby-Hammond and the Boro ‘keeper recovered well to deny the rebounded effort, as the hosts continued their search for a second before half-time.

The Hertfordshire outfit started the second period on top, as the visitors tried to break down City and find a way back into the game.

However, it did not take long for City to regain their control, doubling their advantage 10 minutes after the restart.

The impressive Wright, who earned the sponsors' man of the match, latched onto skipper Smallwood’s threaded pass, and found the on-running Cook.

The EFL's leading domestic goal-scorer was in the right place to poke home the Bantams' second of the match, in-front of over 16,500 City supporters, notching his 11th of the season.

Hughes’ side did not stop there, and were in the mood for more. Wright, on his full debut for the Bantams, glided past Luther James-Wildin, before cutting inside on his right-foot.

The man who set up Cook’s second moments prior saw his shot fly through the visiting defence and past Ashby-Hammond into the back of the net, as City took full-control.

On what was otherwise a perfect day at the office for Mark Hughes and his Bantams, Brad Halliday’s late challenge on Saxon Earley earned him a second yellow, as he was dismissed in the closing stages.

The late sending off did not affect City’s dominance as they saw out the game comfortably. Hughes’ side retain their unbeaten record at the University of Bradford Stadium in Sky Bet League Two, having only conceded one goal.

CITY: Harry Lewis, Brad Halliday (booked 36’, dismissed 89’), Matty Platt, Richie Smallwood (C), Andy Cook (booked 51’, Vadaine Oliver 77’), Alex Gilliead, Scott Banks (Yann Songo’o 68’), Matty Foulds, Timi Odusina, Harry Chapman (Levi Sutton 68’), Tyreik Wright. Subs (not used): Colin Doyle, Lee Angol, Jake Young, Kian Harratt.

GOALS: Andy Cook (6’, 56’), Tyreik Wright (62’)

STEVENAGE: Taye Ashby-Hammond, Luther James-Wildin, Jake Reeves (Jake Taylor 61’), Carl Piergianni, Dan Sweeney, Luke Norris (Danny Rose 61’), Jordan Roberts (booked 81’), Terence Vancooten, Alex Gilbey, Jamie Reid, Saxon Earley. Subs (not used): Aaron Chapman, Max Clark, Dean Campbell, Kane Smith, Arthur Read.

ATTENDANCE: 16,917 (147 from Stevenage). 

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