February 9, 2013
In-form McDonald gives Gills the points
Cody McDonald's third goal in four league games since re-joining them on loan from Coventry earned second placed Gillingham their tenth away win of the season, but Bradford were no pushovers.
The Gills were second best in a first half of few opportunities. With their Capital One Cup Final against Swansea a fortnight away, Bradford were chasing the confidence boost of a first npower League Two win since Boxing Day in their last home game before Wembley - and they created the better openings.
James Hanson headed inches over the bar from Kyel Reid's cross and it needed a superb double save from Stuart Nelson to foil Bradford captain Gary Jones and top scorer Nahki Wells.
Bradford keeper Matt Duke didn't have a shot to save until Chris Whelpdale tested him with a low drive after 52 minutes but the Bantams were caught out 12 minutes later. Vastly experienced Deon Burton lobbed the ball over the defence and McDonald fired past the stranded Duke.
Bradford's applied late pressure but could not conjure an equaliser.
|Cody McDonald (64')|
|12 Matt Duke||1 Stuart Nelson|
|22 Michael Nelson||12 Andy Frampton|
|2 Stephen Darby||26 Adam Barrett|
|25 Tom Naylor||6 Leon Legge|
|27 Curtis Good||3 Joseph Martin|
|18 Gary Jones||2 Matt Fish|
|24 Nathan Doyle||10 Anton Robinson|
|7 Kyel Reid||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|20 Zavon Hines||14 Charlie Allen|
|9 James Hanson||20 Deon Burton|
|21 Nahki Wells||29 Cody McDonald|
|1 Jon McLaughlan||Tommy Forecast 21|
|15 Ryan Dickson||Callum Davies 15|
|5 Andrew Davies||Steven Gregory 28|
|11 Garry Thompson||Myles Weston 24|
|14 Will Atkinson||Charlie Lee 8|
|10 Andy Gray||Sam Muggleton 37|
|17 Alan Connell||Adam Birchall 17|
|Garry Thompson for Curtis Good (73)||Myles Weston for Charlie Allen (55)|
|Ryan Dickson for Zavon Hines (73)||Charlie Lee for Cody McDonald (79)|
|Alan Connell for Tom Naylor (81)|
|· Squads: Bradford City | Gillingham|