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CITY CRUISE TO DOMINANT VICTORY

13 February 2024

Match Reports

CITY CRUISE TO DOMINANT VICTORY

13 February 2024

The Bantams cruised to a comfortable victory at the University of Bradford Stadium, beating MK Dons 4-0. 

Matty Platt opened the scoring with a wonderful top-corner strike, with Calum Kavanagh netting his first goal in a City shirt to make it two before the break.

Two goals in two minutes from Andy Cook and Clarke Oduor shortly after the restart took the game away from MK as City claimed all three points.

The Bantams opened the scoring inside the opening quarter of an hour, courtesy of a sublime strike from Platt. 

He picked the ball up just inside the area from Jonathan Tomkinson, after the American loanee had done well to keep play alive, and rifled an unstoppable half-volley into the top corner.

City remained a threat going forward and made it two in the 36th minute.

After a quick counter attack, Clarke Oduor was left one-on-one with Warren O’Hora having been found by Andy Cook.

Oduor beat his man and sent a curling effort towards goal, but it cannoned off the inside of the near post. Luckily for the hosts, Kavanagh was waiting in the wings to tap home his first for the club. 

The best chance of the half for MK came just before the break. Jack Payne sent a curling free-kick towards goal but it was well saved by Sam Walker, fresh off his player of the match performance at Wrexham on Saturday.

City started the second half like they had ended the first, on the front foot, and had doubled their advantage again within five minutes of the restart. 

Their third goal came as Brad Halliday did well to keep the hosts on the front foot inside the area, before looping a cross to the far post which was headed against the woodwork by Alex Gilliead. Cook was lurking on the edge of the six-yard area to turn home his 15th goal of the season.

Just one minute later, City had completed the scoring with Oduor in on the scoring action.

The Bantams drove through the middle and Kavanagh had an effort well blocked, but it fell straight to Oduor’s feet who got a goal of his own to make it 4-0.

With the clock running down, chances of an MK comeback were getting slimmer. With seven minutes of normal time remaing, Joe Tomlinson saw an effort brilliantly saved by Walker who had to make up a lot of ground to get across his box and make the stop.

City successfuly saw out the remainder to record their biggest win of the league season so far. 

CITY: Sam Walker, Brad Halliday, Matty Platt, Richie Smallwood (C), Calum Kavanagh (Tyler Smith 85’), Andy Cook (Bobby Pointon 85’), Alex Gilliead, Clarke Oduor (Jake Young 67’), Ciarán Kelly (Sam Stubbs 85’), Kevin McDonald (Liam Ridehalgh 67’), Jonathan Tomkinson. SUBS NOT USED: Colin Doyle, Harry Chapman. 

GOALS: Platt (14’), Kavanagh (36’), Cook (49’), Oduor (50’). 

MK DONS: Nathan Harness, Cameron Norman, Warren O’Hora, MJ Williams (Lewis Bate 52’), Alex Gilbey (C) (Ethan Robson 67’), Jack Payne, Joe Tomlinson, Daniel Harvie, Emre Tezgel (Ethan Robson 67’), Dan Kemp (Stephen Wearne 52’), Kyran Lofthouse. SUBS NOT USED: Seb Stacey, Dean Lewington, Anthony Stewart, Matthew Dennis. 


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