January 12, 2013
Levens forces Bantams to crashland
Bradford were brought down to earth with a bumpp four days after beating Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup when a last-minute penalty earned Oxford a 2-1 win at Valley Parade.
Right-back Stephen Darby tripped Alfie Potter in the box and Peter Leven scored from the spot to extend Oxford's unbeaten league run to eight matches.
Leading goalscorer Nahki Wells put Bradford in front after 14 minutes following a mistake by Michael Duberry. The defender tried to head the ball back to advancing Wayne Brown, but it went past the goalkeeper and Wells chased it, before turning it into the net from an acute angle.
The visitors deservedly levelled the scores in the 19th minute when the Bradford defence failed to clear Potter's cross and Sean Rigg scored with a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area after Leven laid the ball back into his path.
Oxford dominated the second half only to be denied by home goalkeeper Matt Duke and when he was beaten in the 59th minute Carl McHugh cleared Potter's header off the goalline before Leven's late penalty.
|Bradford City||Oxford United|
|12 Matt Duke||21 Wayne Brown|
|15 Ryan Dickson||5 Michael Duberry|
|23 Rory McArdle||6 Jake Wright|
|2 Stephen Darby||4 Michael Raynes|
|16 Carl McHugh||2 Damian Batt|
|18 Gary Jones||20 Peter Leven|
|24 Nathan Doyle||26 Liam Davis|
|14 Will Atkinson||14 Sean Rigg|
|10 Andy Gray||19 Lewis Montrose|
|20 Zavon Hines||18 Justin Richards|
|21 Nahki Wells||15 Alfie Potter|
|1 Jon McLaughlan||Max Crocombe 31|
|17 Alan Connell||Tony Capaldi 17|
|27 Curtis Good||Luke O'Brien 23|
|4 Richard Ravenhill||Harry Worley 22|
|7 Kyel Reid||Simon Heslop 8|
|8 Ritchie Jones||Josh Parker 25|
|26 Blair Turgott||Tom Craddock 29|
|Kyel Reid for Will Atkinson (63)|
|Blair Turgott for Zavon Hines (63)|
|Alan Connell for Nahki Wells (79)|
|Gary Jones (35)||Lewis Montrose (27)|
|Alan Connell (87)||Sean Rigg (85)|
|Michael Duberry (87)|
|· Squads: Bradford City | Oxford United|