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Bradford City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn picked up their first points of the League One season and inflicted Bradford's first defeat with a hard-earned win at Valley Parade.

The winning goal came in the 47th minute when winger Craig Conway delivered a testing cross from the left and striker Dominic Samuel stooped to head the ball into the bottom corner of the net from just inside the six yard box.

Up to that point, Bradford's Republic of Ireland keeper Colin Doyle had rarely been tested in a scrappy first half of few clear-cut chances at either end.

Bradford, who did not lose a single league match at home last season on their way to the play-off final where they were beaten by Millwall, had begun the new campaign with two wins.

However, they made little impression on a strong Blackburn defence despite making a triple substitution in the 68th minute, which included bringing on last season's main strike force, Charlie Wyke - for his first appearance of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury - and Alex Jones.

David Raya in the Blackburn goal had few direct shots to save.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahonBooked at 67mins
  • 5KilgallonBooked at 90mins
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 15Field
  • 7Law
  • 8DiengBooked at 23mins
  • 4Reeves
  • 14McCartanBooked at 37minsSubstituted forWykeat 69'minutes
  • 34PatrickSubstituted forJonesat 69'minutes
  • 11PoleonSubstituted forTaylorat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wyke
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 17Gilliead
  • 19Jones
  • 24Devine
  • 30Barr

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 16Caddis
  • 15Ward
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 6SmallwoodBooked at 59mins
  • 29Evans
  • 31Bennett
  • 23DackSubstituted forGladwinat 63'minutes
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forWhittinghamat 79'minutes
  • 9SamuelBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAntonssonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chapman
  • 10Graham
  • 11Whittingham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 20Antonsson
  • 22Gladwin
  • 34Wharton
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
21,403

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

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

Foul by Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Matthew Kilgallon (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Kilgallon (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kilgallon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Marcus Antonsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alex Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marcus Antonsson replaces Dominic Samuel.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Peter Whittingham replaces Craig Conway.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

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

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

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

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Jones replaces Omari Patrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Charlie Wyke replaces Shay McCartan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Paul Taylor replaces Dominic Poleon.

Shay McCartan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ben Gladwin (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan33007169
2Peterborough33008359
3Fleetwood33005059
4Shrewsbury33005239
5Oxford Utd32015146
6Charlton32015326
7Bradford32013216
8Doncaster31206425
9Scunthorpe31203215
10Plymouth31114314
11Blackpool31115504
12Walsall31113304
13Portsmouth311134-14
14Southend311137-44
15Rotherham31026423
16MK Dons310212-13
17Blackburn310235-23
18Bristol Rovers310247-33
19Bury310247-33
20Gillingham301202-21
21Rochdale301236-31
22Wimbledon301214-31
23Northampton300316-50
24Oldham300316-50
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