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Swindon Town 2-1 Bradford City

Massimo Luongo
Massimo Luongo featured for the first time in two weeks after a lay-off with a groin injury

Swindon Town put their automatic promotion bid back on track with a win over play-off hopefuls Bradford.

Town had lost their last three games, but Massimo Luongo hammered in a first goal off the post and then converted Andy Williams's cut-back.

Williams also struck the woodwork in a first half dominated by the hosts.

And even though Billy Clarke put away a loose ball with Bradford's first shot on target, Swindon closed the gap on second-placed MK Dons to two points.

Australian Luongo thought he had a hat-trick, but his rasping effort in the second half was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford.

The Bantams caused a late scare when Gary Liddle's header hit the bar, but a foul was given against the visitors, and Phil Parkinson's side remain sixth.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Swindon v Bradford

"We needed to get back on track and the three points was the most important thing.

"We were outstanding in the first half. Some of the football was incredible and the game should have been out of sight.

"We were a little bit wasteful in front of goal and we could have been sitting comfortably at half-time.

"I think the players realised they made it far too open in the second half."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Branco
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 80mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 4Luongo
  • 5Stephens
  • 19ThompsonBooked at 23mins
  • 7GladwinSubstituted forToffoloat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 14Swift
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 2DarbyBooked at 90mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 15MackenzieBooked at 36mins
  • 3MeredithBooked at 11minsSubstituted forSheehanat 45'minutes
  • 24BurkeSubstituted forYeatesat 75'minutes
  • 8LiddleBooked at 39mins
  • 11Knott
  • 25Halliday
  • 10Clarke
  • 16SteadSubstituted forZokoat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 6Sheehan
  • 12Williams
  • 13Zoko
  • 14Yeates
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Routis
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
6,812

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 2, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 2, Bradford City 1.

Booking

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Harry Toffolo replaces Ben Gladwin.

Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

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

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town).

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ben Gladwin.

Booking

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Yeates (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Yeates replaces Oliver Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Francois Zoko replaces Jon Stead.

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

Andy Halliday (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 2, Bradford City 1. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City32207561303167
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon32186859352460
4Preston31178647281959
5Sheff Utd3115794536952
6Bradford31129104136545
7Doncaster32129113940-145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale301251352421041
14Walsall321011113334-141
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Barnsley32125154248-641
17Scunthorpe31117134347-440
18Notts County31108133339-638
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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