Alan Connell's late volley saw off 10-man Torquay and moved Bradford up to fourth in League Two.

The home side dominated early on and saw their chances of victory improve when Gulls skipper Brian Saah was sent off for elbowing James Meredith.

Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half and Torquay stopper Michael Poke made a string of fine saves to keep the sides level.

But substitute Connell's brilliant late strike sealed the points for Bradford.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"It was backs against the wall, we stuck at it but it took a wonder goal to beat us.

"It was a poor cross but a wonderful finish and that cost us the game. It would've been a valuable point but it was not to be.

"After the sending off we went 4-3-2 but by the time we had ran around trying to regain the ball we couldn't retain it. When it's 11 v 10 it was always going to take it out of you."

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bradford 1-0 Torquay FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Connell 85

    Bradford

    • 12 Duke
    • 02 Darby
    • 03 Meredith
    • 16 McHugh (Connell 80)
    • 23 McArdle
    • 11 Thompson (Turgott 62)
    • 14 Atkinson
    • 18 Jones
    • 24 Doyle
    • 09 Hanson
    • 21 Wells (Naylor 89)

    Substitutes

    • 01 McLaughlin,
    • 25 Naylor,
    • 04 Ravenhill,
    • 08 Jones,
    • 15 Forsyth,
    • 26 Turgott,
    • 17 Connell

    Torquay

    • 01 Poke
    • 03 Nicholson
    • 04 Downes
    • 05 Saah red card
    • 12 Leadbitter
    • 15 Bodin (Thompson 27 yellow card)
    • 18 Easton
    • 19 Stevens (MacDonald 37 yellow card)
    • 20 Craig
    • 08 Jarvis (Lathrope 75)
    • 09 Howe

    Substitutes

    • 13 Rice,
    • 16 MacDonald,
    • 21 Cruise,
    • 06 Lathrope,
    • 17 Halpin,
    • 29 Thompson,
    • 23 Yeoman
    Ref: BondAtt: 9,347
    BRADFORD
    TORQUAY

    Possession

    • Bradford 63%
    • Torquay 37%

    Attempts on target

    • Bradford 13
    • Torquay 0

    Attempts off target

    • Bradford 18
    • Torquay 4

    Corners

    • Bradford 15
    • Torquay 4

    Fouls

    • Bradford 7
    • Torquay 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:16 Shot by Alan Connell. Save made by Michael Poke.
    • 90:00+0:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Naylor on Rene Howe. Nathan Craig takes the free kick.
    • 89:52 Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:16 Substitution Nahki Wells leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Naylor.
    • 87:17 Strike comes in from Nahki Wells from the free kick.
    • 87:17 Booking Angus MacDonald goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:07 Foul by Angus MacDonald on James Hanson, free kick awarded.
    • 85:39 Nahki Wells takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke. Gary Jones takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • Correction - 84:02 Assist by Nahki Wells.
    • 84:02 Assist on the goal came from Nahki Wells.
    • 84:02 GOAL - Alan ConnellBradford 1 - 0 Torquay A goal is scored by Alan Connell from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Bradford 1-0 Torquay.
    • 83:23 Corner taken by Nathan Doyle from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nathan Craig.
    • 83:01 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, Michael Poke makes a save.
    • 81:41 Alan Connell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 80:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Downes by James Hanson. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
    • 80:27 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line, clearance by Aaron Downes.
    • 79:59 Substitution Carl McHugh leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Connell.
    • 74:19 Substitution Damon Lathrope is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Jarvis.
    • 73:06 James Meredith takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.
    • 71:10 Blair Turgott produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 69:06 Effort from just inside the penalty box by Nahki Wells strikes the post.
    • 67:35 The ball is crossed by Blair Turgott, save by Michael Poke.
    • 66:56 Nahki Wells takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke.
    • 66:40 Nahki Wells takes a shot.
    • 65:27 Nathan Doyle takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.
    • 62:38 Nathan Doyle takes a shot.
    • 61:32 Substitution Blair Turgott is brought on as a substitute for Garry Thompson.
    • 60:49 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones to the near post, Craig Easton makes a clearance.
    • 57:49 Corner taken by Nathan Craig from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:52 Daniel Leadbitter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Meredith. The ball is sent over by Gary Jones, Carl McHugh takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.
    • 54:19 Nathan Doyle takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:19 Booking Niall Thompson booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:13 Rory McArdle fouled by Niall Thompson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 52:57 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones, Rory McArdle produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • Correction - 49:35 Nahki Wells crosses the ball, James Hanson has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Michael Poke. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, comfortable save by Michael Poke. Shot from 18 yards by Gary Jones. Save by Michael Poke. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Jones. Will Atkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niall Thompson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke.
    • 49:35 Centre by Nahki Wells, Shot from 12 yards from James Hanson. Save made by Michael Poke. Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones, save by Michael Poke. Effort on goal by Gary Jones from 18 yards. Michael Poke makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Jones. Will Atkinson challenges Niall Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
    • 48:28 Shot from just outside the box by Nathan Doyle goes over the target.
    • 45:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Angus MacDonald on Nahki Wells. Free kick taken by Gary Jones.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:09 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+2:50 Nahki Wells takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.
    • 45:00+0:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, Garry Thompson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 43:41 Centre by Stephen Darby, Header by James Hanson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 41:47 Nahki Wells crosses the ball, James Hanson takes a shot. Garry Thompson takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones played to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Craig.
    • 41:01 Stephen Darby produces a cross, James Hanson has an effort at goal. Save made by Michael Poke.
    • 40:11 Gary Jones takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Craig.
    • 38:34 The ball is swung over by Will Atkinson, Garry Thompson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 37:26 Foul by Niall Thompson on Stephen Darby, free kick awarded. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:02 Niall Thompson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
    • 34:18 Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Angus MacDonald coming on for Danny Stevens.
    • 34:18 Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
    • 34:18 Sent off Red card for Brian Saah.
    • 33:34 Will Atkinson challenges Brian Saah unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 31:42 Corner taken by Gary Jones from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Rory McArdle clears the crossbar.
    • 29:26 Unfair challenge on Garry Thompson by Kevin Nicholson results in a free kick. Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:57 Inswinging corner taken by Nathan Craig, Close range headed effort by Aaron Downes clears the crossbar.
    • 27:27 Corner taken left-footed by Nathan Craig from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Jones makes a clearance.
    • 26:41 Carl McHugh concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Jarvis. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.
    • 26:08 Substitution Niall Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Bodin.
    • 24:39 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones, James Hanson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 22:41 Nahki Wells produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 20:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle by Aaron Downes. The ball is sent over by Gary Jones, Shot from 12 yards from Garry Thompson.
    • 18:36 Billy Bodin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 18:09 James Hanson takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.
    • 17:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Jarvis. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
    • 16:56 Corner taken by Nathan Craig played to the near post, save made by Matt Duke.
    • 16:10 Ryan Jarvis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 15:15 Unfair challenge on Daniel Leadbitter by Will Atkinson results in a free kick. Michael Poke takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:22 Centre by Gary Jones, Michael Poke makes a save.
    • 11:22 Gary Jones takes a shot. Gary Jones takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl McHugh on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Bodin on Will Atkinson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Jones from left wing, save made by Michael Poke.
    • 1:47 A cross is delivered by Nahki Wells, James Hanson takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, Michael Poke makes a comfortable save.
    • 0:12 Handball decision goes against Nahki Wells. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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