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Bradford City 1-0 Walsall

Billy Clarke scored the winner as Bradford strengthened their League One play-off prospects with a hard earned victory over a stubborn Walsall side at Valley Parade.

The Bantams moved up to fourth place in the standings, six points clear of seventh-placed Millwall, as they got back to winning ways, having been beaten by promotion rivals Scunthorpe prior to the international break.

But Stuart McCall's men were not gifted all three points, with chances at a premium in the first half.

It was mid-table Walsall who fashioned the first opportunity as Cypriot international Andreas Makris' low drive forced Bradford goalkeeper Colin Doyle into a full length dive to turn away.

But the Saddlers needed a clearance off the line from James O'Connor to keep out Alex Jones' header after Neil Etheridge had failed to gather Tony McMahon's right-wing cross.

Bradford did grab the all-important goal in the 58th minute when Mark Marshall's left-wing cross ran free to the unmarked Clarke, who fired into the net from close range.

Charlie Wyke went close to furthering Bradford's lead while Walsall's best chance of salvaging a point fell to Kieron Morris, whose close range shot was saved by the diving Doyle.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3Meredith
  • 7Marshall
  • 14Cullen
  • 6VincelotBooked at 12mins
  • 10B ClarkeBooked at 66minsSubstituted forDiengat 76'minutes
  • 19JonesSubstituted forLawat 82'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 4Law
  • 5Toner
  • 8Dieng
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 24Devine
  • 30Cracknell

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16Preston
  • 3Laird
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forCandlinat 84'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 44Moussa
  • 11Morris
  • 33MakrisBooked at 20minsSubstituted forJacksonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 24Roberts
  • 35Hayles-Docherty
  • 36Candlin
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
17,880

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 0.

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

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mitchell Candlin (Walsall).

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Adam Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Nicky Law replaces Alex Jones.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Alex Jones (Bradford City).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Timothee Dieng replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Andreas Makris.

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

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Franck Moussa (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Billy Clarke (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Meredith.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Walsall 0. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Jones.

Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd402410676443282
2Bolton402210862342876
3Fleetwood401912955371869
4Bradford411718655391669
5Scunthorpe4119101270511967
6Southend4018121063471666
7Millwall401712115648863
8Bristol Rovers411612136059160
9Oxford Utd40178155647959
10Rochdale401610146359458
11Peterborough411610155754358
12Wimbledon411315135251154
13Walsall401314134750-353
14MK Dons401312155151051
15Northampton41149185864-651
16Charlton401017134948147
17Bury411210195869-1146
18Port Vale391112164459-1545
19Oldham411015162742-1545
20Gillingham411112185371-1845
21Shrewsbury401110194157-1643
22Swindon41119214259-1742
23Chesterfield41810233866-2834
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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