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Port Vale 1-2 Bradford City

Ex-Port Vale loanee Alex Jones returned to haunt his former club as his late goal gave Bradford victory at Vale Park.

Jones' 74th-minute strike helped the Bantams, who were without a win in four matches, get their League One play-off push back on track after JJ Hooper had equalised for the home side following Romain Vincelot's opener.

The French midfielder gave his side the lead after 41 minutes when he beat his man to pop up at the back post and nod Tony McMahon's free-kick past Leonardo Fasan.

Vale levelled in the 58th minute after Anton Forrester crossed for Hooper to tap home from close range, despite Colin Doyle getting a hand to the ball.

But Jones, who scored 10 goals for the Valiants before joining Bradford in January, had the final say in the 74th minute when sliding the ball past Fasan from Alex Gilliead's cross.

The result takes the Bantams up to fifth in the table, while the Valiants - now without a win in eight games - slipped two points adrift of safety.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 38Fasan
  • 2Purkiss
  • 24Smith
  • 12PughBooked at 66mins
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 44EaglesSubstituted forShodipoat 71'minutes
  • 25Guy
  • 11Foley
  • 14ThomasBooked at 41minsSubstituted forShalajat 85'minutes
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forTurnerat 78'minutes
  • 10Hooper

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 18Turner
  • 19Tanser
  • 23Boot
  • 27Amoros
  • 30Shalaj
  • 46Shodipo

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3MeredithBooked at 37mins
  • 6Vincelot
  • 10B ClarkeSubstituted forGillieadat 60'minutes
  • 4LawSubstituted forJonesat 72'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 14Cullen
  • 9WykeSubstituted forDiengat 77'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 5Toner
  • 8Dieng
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Gilliead
  • 19Jones
  • 24Devine
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,953

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Bradford City 2.

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

Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City).

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale).

Booking

Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Guy (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Gezim Shalaj replaces Jerome Thomas.

Attempt saved. Danny Pugh (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Anton Forrester.

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

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Timothee Dieng replaces Charlie Wyke.

Booking

Alex Jones (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Bradford City 2. Alex Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Danny Pugh (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Jones replaces Nicky Law.

Attempt missed. Kiko (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Olamide Shodipo replaces Chris Eagles.

Attempt missed. Callum Guy (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Danny Pugh (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Danny Pugh (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Pugh (Port Vale).

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Gilliead replaces Billy Clarke.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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