League One
Shrewsbury1Bradford0

Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Bradford City

On-loan Crystal Palace striker Freddie Ladapo was one of three Shrewsbury players making their home debut
On-loan Crystal Palace striker Freddie Ladapo was one of three Town players making their home debut

On-loan Crystal Palace striker Freddie Ladapo marked his home debut by scoring the winner just before half-time as lowly Shrewsbury Town beat high-flying Bradford City.

Yet, despite enjoying their first win in almost a month, Shrewsbury actually plunged back into the League One bottom four on goal difference, as a result of the size of Bury's 5-1 win at home to Peterborough.

Shrewsbury started brightly, skipper Adam El-Abd heading Joe Riley corner over the bar before Louis Dodds cleverly cut inside to fire powerfully off target.

Bradford winger Mark Marshall's well-struck shot was then pushed away by home goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler but opposite number Colin Doyle then pulled off a fine save to keep out a close-range effort from Ladapo at the other end after he neatly exchanged passes with Dodds.

Shrewsbury then broke the deadlock in the 41st minute when Dodds pounced on a slip from former Shrewsbury defender Nat Knight-Percival on the halfway line.

Although Doyle did well to save his shot, Crystal Palace loan man Ladapo was on hand to tap in the loose ball.

Marshall and Josh Cullen both came close from free-kicks for fourth-placed Bradford in the second half but, with reprieved centre-back Aristote Nsiala also making his home debut, Paul Hurst's side defended impressively.

And the hosts were always lively when they broke, Alex Rodman and Shaun Whalley both firing just over before Whalley volleyed an inviting cross from the lively Ladapo wide. But the size

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Riley
  • 22Nsiala
  • 24El-AbdSubstituted forO'Brienat 36'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forSmithat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Ogogo
  • 18Deegan
  • 12Brown
  • 19Ladapo
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forWhalleyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Whalley
  • 11O'Brien
  • 15Smith
  • 21Halstead
  • 30Jones
  • 32Anderson
  • 37Barnett

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6Vincelot
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forMcArdleat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Marshall
  • 8DiengSubstituted forGillieadat 76'minutes
  • 14Cullen
  • 4Law
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forHansonat 67'minutes
  • 19Jones

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 9Hanson
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Gilliead
  • 23McArdle
  • 24Devine
  • 26Kilgallon
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,590

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Bradford City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Bradford City 0.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dominic Smith replaces Alex Rodman.

Freddie Ladapo (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Rory McArdle replaces James Meredith.

Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Abu Ogogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Gilliead replaces Timothee Dieng.

Attempt missed. Josh Cullen (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Jim O'Brien (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Freddie Ladapo (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Alex Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Riley (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. James Hanson replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town).

Nicky Law (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Freddie Ladapo (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Bradford City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Louis Dodds because of an injury.

Delay in match Louis Dodds (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

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

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd27175551302156
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Bradford271112433221145
5Rochdale2614394132945
6Fleetwood26127739291043
7Southend2711973934542
8Millwall2611694139239
9Bristol Rovers27116104647-139
10Peterborough2510873931838
11Charlton2681263326736
12Wimbledon269983833536
13Oxford Utd2697103030034
14Walsall2681083034-434
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2786133643-730
17Gillingham2686123241-930
18Swindon2778122740-1329
19MK Dons2577112934-528
20Bury2774164153-1225
21Shrewsbury2767142640-1425
22Chesterfield2774162845-1725
23Oldham25410111327-1422
24Coventry2649132338-1521
View full League One table

Top Stories