League One
Bradford1Oxford Utd0

Bradford City 1-0 Oxford United

Bradford took another step towards the League One play-offs with a nervy win over Oxford.

Nicky Law scored the winner in the 59th minute of his first start since February following a lay-off with a knee injury.

The visitors failed to deal with a left-wing cross from Mark Marshall and Law poked the ball into the net when Charlie Wyke's glancing header landed into his path.

The result leaves Bradford six points ahead of seventh-placed Southend, but they had little to spare against hard-working Oxford.

Conor McAleny, on loan from Everton, posed the most danger, forcing diving saves from Bradford goalkeeper Colin Doyle as the visitors made a determined bid for an equaliser.

But Simon Eastwood also had to be at his best to keep out second-half efforts from Wyke and did well to block a close-range header from defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival in the 15th minute.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 23McArdle
  • 3Meredith
  • 7MarshallSubstituted forB Clarkeat 90'minutes
  • 6Vincelot
  • 14Cullen
  • 4LawSubstituted forDiengat 73'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forDarbyat 84'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 5Toner
  • 8Dieng
  • 10B Clarke
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 19Jones
  • 24Devine

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2RibeiroSubstituted forEdwardsat 85'minutes
  • 5Nelson
  • 25RaglanBooked at 90mins
  • 3SkarzBooked at 54mins
  • 10MaguireSubstituted forHallat 81'minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forHemmingsat 76'minutes
  • 28Johnson
  • 11McAleny

Substitutes

  • 15Hemmings
  • 16Edwards
  • 19Hall
  • 22Long
  • 33Dunkley
  • 34Stevens
  • 35Carroll
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
19,346

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Oxford United 0.

Booking

Charlie Raglan (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Charlie Raglan (Oxford United).

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

Foul by Conor McAleny (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Mark Marshall.

Hand ball by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Joe Skarz (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Philip Edwards replaces Christian Ribeiro.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Stephen Darby replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Josh Cullen (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Chris Maguire (Oxford United).

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Kane Hemmings replaces Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Timothee Dieng replaces Nicky Law.

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

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

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

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Foul by Mark Marshall (Bradford City).

Charlie Raglan (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Raglan (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Conor McAleny (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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