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Bradford City 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Aaron McLean
Aaron McLean has now scored three goals this season - but this was his first at home since April

Bradford City scored two goals in as many minutes to pile more misery on League One bottom club Crewe.

The Bantams had gone four home league games without a win.

But Aaron McLean gave City the lead in the 72nd minute with a header from Mark Yeates' cross, before Gary Liddle struck the second from outside the area after Filipe Morais' pull-back.

Crewe, for whom Chris Atkinson went close, have taken only four points from 11 games, conceding 29 goals.

Crewe boss Steve Davis withdrew on-loan Swansea City centre-half Alan Tate at half-time, replacing him with on-loan striker Febian Brandy in a tactical reshuffle.

Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Taking Alan Tate off was purely tactical. We felt we had enough out there to keep them out. That doesn't mean to say he won't be involved against Coventry this weekend.

"We found it difficult in the first half to get out and push them back and that is why we changed the formation.

"For 70-odd minutes we had defended reasonably well and it looked as though they were running out a bit but the centre-halves didn't quite sort out the marking and McLean has got between them to score.

"We kept trying to give the lads the best chance to keep things tight and give ourselves a chance. The players worked extremely hard and it was just those little errors that have cost us."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 5DaviesBooked at 35mins
  • 6Sheehan
  • 8LiddleBooked at 63mins
  • 17KennedySubstituted forKnottat 59'minutes
  • 14Yeates
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forBennettat 83'minutes
  • 10Clarke
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcBurnieat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Meredith
  • 4Dolan
  • 11Knott
  • 12Williams
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie
  • 28Bennett

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 30TateSubstituted forBrandyat 45'minutes
  • 6DugdaleBooked at 74mins
  • 2Tootle
  • 8AtkinsonSubstituted forTurtonat 74'minutes
  • 18NolanSubstituted forWatersat 77'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 24Leigh
  • 25Haber
  • 11Cooper

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 3Guthrie
  • 7Turton
  • 9Oliver
  • 17Waters
  • 28Ness
  • 29Brandy
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
12,386

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City).

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Billy Knott (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mason Bennett replaces Filipe Morais.

Attempt saved. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Gary Liddle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Liam Nolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Aaron McLean.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Gary Liddle (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

Booking

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Billy Knott (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Turton replaces Chris Atkinson.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Yeates.

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Chris Atkinson.

Delay in match Stephen Darby (Bradford City) because of an injury.

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Gary Liddle (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Knott replaces Jason Kennedy.

Attempt saved. George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Kennedy (Bradford City).

Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1174022101225
2Swindon1063122111121
3Peterborough116231611520
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield105321914518
7Bradford115331511418
8Notts County11452127517
9Rochdale115151912716
10Fleetwood11443108216
11Sheff Utd105141516-116
12Oldham113621413115
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley11425814-614
15Coventry113441214-213
16Walsall112631011-112
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Gillingham113351215-312
19Yeovil113351016-612
20Leyton Orient102441113-210
21Colchester112361417-39
22Port Vale112361118-79
23Scunthorpe112181125-147
24Crewe11119829-214
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