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Gillingham 0-1 Bradford City

Dominic Poleon's first-half goal allowed Bradford to make it two wins from two in the new League One season as they ground out a narrow victory at Gillingham.

The hosts had striker Conor Wilkinson sent off for good measure as their search for a goal in the campaign goes on, while Poleon will be relieved his glaring miss just before half-time did not prove costly.

Bradford broke through when Alex Jones got to the byline and cut the ball back, with Poleon passing his shot first time into the bottom corner.

Having struggled to create openings, Gillingham finally threatened when Josh Parker forced Colin Doyle into a smart save from a tight angle on the left.

Poleon then somehow missed an open goal after dispossessing Max Ehmer and rounding Tomas Holy while at the other end Parker was just as wasteful, as he stabbed wide from Luke O'Neill's cross.

The Gills' cause was not helped by Wilkinson's dismissal with 15 minutes left for a poor challenge on Timothee Dieng and substitute Liam Nash headed their last chance over.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Zakuani
  • 4LaceyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forEavesat 63'minutes
  • 2O'Neill
  • 33ByrneBooked at 55minsSubstituted forNashat 89'minutes
  • 11Martin
  • 44Wright
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 14ParkerSubstituted forWagstaffat 89'minutes
  • 10WilkinsonBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 7Wagstaff
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Eaves
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Cundle
  • 27Nash
  • 30Hadler

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahonBooked at 62mins
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 15FieldBooked at 72mins
  • 7Law
  • 8Dieng
  • 4ReevesBooked at 22mins
  • 19JonesSubstituted forGillieadat 58'minutes
  • 34PatrickBooked at 29minsSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 11Poleon

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 14McCartan
  • 17Gilliead
  • 20Pybus
  • 24Devine
  • 35Robinson
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
5,267

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 0, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Bradford City 1.

Liam Nash (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Nash (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Liam Nash (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

Jake Reeves (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Scott Wagstaff replaces Josh Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Mark Byrne.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Lee Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Dismissal

Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) is shown the red card.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Wright (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Timothee Dieng.

Foul by Tom Field (Bradford City).

Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Paul Taylor replaces Omari Patrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Tom Eaves replaces Alex Lacey.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham).

Nicky Law (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Timothee Dieng.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Gilliead replaces Alex Jones.

Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

goal

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