April 9, 2013
Bantams move into play-off spots
Bradford moved into the play-off places in League Two with a 4-1 win over Bristol Rovers - their fourth victory in an unbeaten run of five matches.
They were rewarded for a bright start by going 2-0 in front after 21 minutes, both goals being scored by leading scorer Nahki Wells.
The Bermuda international, who had hit the crossbar with a left-foot shot in the first minute, gave City the lead with a close-range header from Garry Thompson's right-wing cross.
Then, after goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin had prevented an equaliser, coming off his line to block a shot from substitute Ollie Clarke in the 13th minute, Wells put Bradford further in front from the penalty spot after Fabian Broghammer tripped Ricky Ravenhill in the box.
McLaughlin had to come to Bradford's rescue again in the 28th minute, keeping out a point-blank header from Tom Hitchcock after Broghammer's cross found him unmarked.
Bradford added a third in first-half stoppage-time with a looping header from defender Andrew Davies after the visitors failed to deal with Gary Jones' free-kick.
Rovers pulled a goal back in the 50th-minute when Tom Hitchcock took advantage of a mistake by Rory McArdle, but Garry Thompson restored Bradford's three-goal advantage eight minutes later after running on to Wells' through pass.
|Bradford City||Bristol Rovers|
|1 Jon McLaughlan||13 Steve Mildenhall|
|23 Rory McArdle||14 Lee Brown|
|3 James Meredith||29 Mark McChrystal|
|2 Stephen Darby||4 Dan Woodards|
|5 Andrew Davies||11 Fabian Broghammer|
|4 Richard Ravenhill||21 Clayton McDonald|
|18 Gary Jones||2 Michael Smith|
|11 Garry Thompson||15 Oliver Norburn|
|7 Kyel Reid||16 Joe Anyinsah|
|9 James Hanson||27 Tom Hitchcock|
|21 Nahki Wells||26 Ryan Brunt|
|12 Matt Duke||Connor Gough 20|
|22 Michael Nelson||Tom Lockyer 30|
|16 Carl McHugh||James Paterson 3|
|24 Nathan Doyle||Ollie Clarke 24|
|14 Will Atkinson||Elliot Richards 10|
|17 Alan Connell||Mitch Harding 18|
|20 Zavon Hines|
|Nathan Doyle for Gary Jones (72)||Ollie Clarke for Dan Woodards (15)|
|Will Atkinson for Garry Thompson (76)||Elliot Richards for Joe Anyinsah (71)|
|Alan Connell for Nahki Wells (80)|
|Oliver Norburn (61)|
|Tom Hitchcock (66)|
|Michael Smith (88)|
|· Squads: Bradford City | Bristol Rovers|