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Bradford City 1-2 Colchester United

Darren Ambrose
Darren Ambrose scored his first Colchester goals since October

Darren Ambrose's double helped struggling Colchester United come from behind to win 2-1 at Bradford City and end a 19-game League One winless run.

Bradford, chasing a play-off place, went ahead when Wes Thomas converted Josh Cullen's pass, but Kevin Keen's side levelled through Ambrose's volley.

Buoyed by the leveller, George Moncur struck an upright, before Ambrose took Owen Garvan's pass to make it 2-1.

It was enough to secure a double against the Bantams this season.

The win was Colchester's first in League One since a 2-1 home success against Port Vale in October, and Keen's first in the competition since his December appointment.

Phil Parkinson's side dropped two places to ninth after the defeat, their first in five.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Williams
  • 3Meredith
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forProctorat 80'minutes
  • 23McArdle
  • 2Darby
  • 17Reid
  • 12CullenSubstituted forClarkeat 60'minutes
  • 4Evans
  • 29McMahon
  • 9Hanson
  • 39ThomasBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMarshallat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 10Clarke
  • 11Knott
  • 15Leigh
  • 18Routis
  • 19Proctor
  • 30Cracknell

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 31Shorey
  • 32Chambers
  • 18Eastman
  • 22Vincent-YoungSubstituted forGilbeyat 33'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 2GarvanBooked at 88mins
  • 11MasseyBooked at 20mins
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forHarneyat 89'minutes
  • 28AmbroseBooked at 71minsSubstituted forBonneat 81'minutes
  • 9Porter

Substitutes

  • 8Gilbey
  • 12Lee
  • 16Akinwande
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 26Harney
  • 30Oduwa
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
16,786

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Colchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Colchester United 2.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Bradford City).

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jamie Harney replaces George Moncur.

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Booking

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Leo Chambers.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Lee Evans (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Darren Ambrose.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jamie Proctor replaces Nathan Clarke.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Bradford City).

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Booking

Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Ambrose (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Williams.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt saved. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Marshall replaces Wes Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Josh Cullen.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton33214843271667
2Wigan341712555302563
3Walsall331611649331659
4Gillingham341771060431758
5Millwall341671152411155
6Coventry331410956371952
7Barnsley34164145445952
8Southend34149114643351
9Bradford33149103936351
10Port Vale351310123939049
11Swindon34146145351248
12Sheff Utd34139124745248
13Bury34138134555-1047
14Scunthorpe33137133840-246
15Rochdale34129134446-245
16Peterborough34135165755244
17Fleetwood33109144041-139
18Chesterfield34115184554-938
19Doncaster33910143644-837
20Shrewsbury33107163951-1237
21Blackpool3498173343-1035
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe34611173659-2329
24Colchester3469194279-3727
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