December 26, 2012
Bantams triumph to extend Stanley misery
Substitutes Kyel Reid and Alan Connell combined to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win for play-off contenders Bradford and extend 10-man Accrington's winless run to eight matches.
There were just four minutes of normal time remaining when Reid supplied the cross for Connell to score with a glancing header, seven minutes after Stanley had levelled through Rommy Boco.
Bradford deservedly went in front in the 24th minute courtesy of a goal from Garry Thompson, who scored with a superb right-footed shot into the far corner after Rory McArdle's long free-kick had been headed into his path by striker James Hanson.
Accrington, without a win in seven matches, were a more dangerous side in the second half and equalised in the 79th minute, despite going down to 10 men when Dean Winnard was sent off for a second bookable offence following a foul on substitute striker Nahki Wells.
The home defence failed to clear a free-kick from Accrington skipper Luke Joyce and Benin international midfielder Boco stabbed the ball into the net from close range, but Connell hit back to win the game for Bradford.
|Bradford City||Accrington Stanley|
|12 Matt Duke||1 Paul Rachubka|
|23 Rory McArdle||2 Peter Murphy|
|3 James Meredith||6 Dean Winnard|
|2 Stephen Darby||24 Lee Molyneux|
|25 Tom Naylor||3 Michael Liddle|
|18 Gary Jones||5 Aristote Nsiala|
|11 Garry Thompson||4 Luke Joyce|
|24 Nathan Doyle||12 George Miller|
|14 Will Atkinson||21 James Beattie|
|20 Zavon Hines||33 Romuald Boco|
|9 James Hanson||7 Craig Lindfield|
|16 Carl McHugh||Andrew Dawber 22|
|4 Richard Ravenhill||Thomas Eckersley 18|
|7 Kyel Reid||Bohan Dixon 15|
|8 Ritchie Jones||Will Hatfield 10|
|26 Blair Turgott||Luke Clark 14|
|17 Alan Connell||Padraig Amond 23|
|21 Nahki Wells||Markus Carver 19|
|Nahki Wells for Zavon Hines (44)||Markus Carver for Lee Molyneux (46)|
|Alan Connell for Nahki Wells (72)||Padraig Amond for James Beattie (88)|
|Kyel Reid for Will Atkinson (81)|
|Dean Winnard (32)|
|Luke Joyce (62)|
|Michael Liddle (78)|
|Aristote Nsiala (90)|
|Dean Winnard (67)|
|· Squads: Bradford City | Accrington Stanley|