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Northampton Town 1-2 Bradford City

Bradford resurrected their League One promotion challenge with victory over Northampton at Sixfields.

Both teams were bidding to get their respective seasons back on track after a poor run of form but neither were able to carve out many clear-cut opportunities in a scrappy first half.

The greater threat was carried by Northampton and after Marc Richards had been denied by Colin Doyle, they struck first to take a lead into half-time.

The goal came on 39 minutes when smart work by Paul Anderson ended with his cross excellently headed home by Alex Revell for the striker's first goal in 15 matches.

Bradford almost levelled straight from the restart when Adam Smith saved from Jordy Hiwula before the Cobblers goalkeeper also parried over Josh Cullen's shot.

City dominated the second half and eventually equalised on 73 minutes as Mark Marshall fired sweetly into the far corner.

Bradford then hunted a winner and after Smith thwarted Stephen Darby, Hiwula converted Marshall's cross to secure City's first league victory since November.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18PhillipsSubstituted forDiamondat 45'minutes
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3Buchanan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forMcCourtat 72'minutes
  • 31Taylor
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forWyldeat 58'minutes
  • 10Revell
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 5Diamond
  • 11Wylde
  • 12McCourt
  • 15Potter
  • 16Beautyman
  • 23Iaciofano
  • 26Cornell

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 2Darby
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 23McArdle
  • 3Meredith
  • 6VincelotBooked at 3minsSubstituted forMarshallat 47'minutes
  • 8Dieng
  • 4Law
  • 14Cullen
  • 19VuckicSubstituted forHansonat 46'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 9Hanson
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 24Devine
  • 26Kilgallon
  • 29McMahon
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
6,931

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Nicky Law (Bradford City).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Bradford City 2. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Marshall.

Foul by Nicky Law (Bradford City).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Attempt saved. Josh Cullen (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gregg Wylde (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Bradford City 1. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jak McCourt replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Attempt missed. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

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

Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Josh Cullen (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Gregg Wylde replaces Paul Anderson.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Anderson.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Marshall replaces Romain Vincelot.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd25165446242253
2Bolton25155534171750
3Scunthorpe25147448232549
4Rochdale25143840301045
5Bradford251012331211042
6Fleetwood2511773628840
7Southend2510963529639
8Peterborough24108638261238
9Millwall2511594139238
10Bristol Rovers2510694044-436
11Charlton2581163326735
12Oxford Utd259792928134
13Wimbledon258983632433
14Walsall2571082633-731
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2586113536-130
17Gillingham2586113240-830
18MK Dons2577112934-528
19Swindon2567122438-1425
20Bury2564153449-1522
21Chesterfield2564152743-1622
22Coventry2549122337-1421
23Shrewsbury2556142439-1521
24Oldham24310111227-1519
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