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Bradford City 1-2 Northampton Town

Northampton gained a surprise win at League One play-off contenders Bradford, condemning the Bantams to their seventh home league defeat of the season.

Bradford had the ball in the net after 37 minutes when keeper Richard O'Donnell failed to hold Paul Taylor's fiercely-driven free-kick from outside the box.

Defender Matt Kilgallon turned the loose ball into the net, but was ruled offside.

Northampton took advantage of this let-off six minutes later when John-Joe O'Toole broke free to score with a close-range header from Matt Grimes' corner to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.

Northampton, who remain in the relegation zone on goal difference, went further ahead in the 62nd minute when Chris Long benefited from hesitancy in the home defence to score with a shot just inside the near post.

The home side pulled a goal back in stoppage time, a superb 25-yard shot from Taylor following a quickly-taken free-kick, but it was not enough to prevent the Cobblers from picking up a deserved win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 23Raeder
  • 16HansonSubstituted forGuyat 66'minutes
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 35Robinson
  • 17Gilliead
  • 8Dieng
  • 6Vincelot
  • 7Law
  • 10TaylorBooked at 87mins
  • 14McCartanSubstituted forPoleonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Reeves
  • 11Poleon
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Guy
  • 20Pybus
  • 24Devine
  • 27Gibson

Northampton

  • 13O'Donnell
  • 24FaceyBooked at 90mins
  • 26Poole
  • 6Taylor
  • 37Turnbull
  • 29GrimesBooked at 83mins
  • 22Crooks
  • 14HoskinsBooked at 27minsSubstituted forPowellat 76'minutes
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forPereiraat 88'minutes
  • 8FoleyBooked at 85mins
  • 19LongSubstituted forRevellat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Moloney
  • 3Buchanan
  • 10Revell
  • 11Powell
  • 17McWilliams
  • 28Pereira
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
19,343

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Northampton Town 2.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Northampton Town 2. Paul Taylor (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon following a set piece situation.

Paul Taylor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Booking

Shay Facey (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alex Gilliead (Bradford City).

Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Hildeberto Pereira replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Booking

Paul Taylor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Bradford City).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alex Revell replaces Chris Long.

Booking

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Foley (Northampton Town).

Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Law (Bradford City).

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Powell replaces Sam Hoskins.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Chris Long (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Dominic Poleon replaces Shay McCartan.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Regan Poole.

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Paul Taylor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan26176350123857
2Shrewsbury26166434181654
3Blackburn26157448242452
4Scunthorpe27148538231550
5Bradford2715394336748
6Charlton2712783432243
7Portsmouth27133113431342
8Rotherham27125104536941
9Peterborough2711794337640
10Oxford Utd28108104341238
11Fleetwood27106113841-336
12Doncaster2798103029135
13Plymouth2898113035-535
14Gillingham2781092930-134
15Walsall268993335-233
16Blackpool2889113438-433
17Bristol Rovers27103143643-733
18Southend2887133247-1531
19MK Dons2779112838-1030
20Oldham2878134050-1029
21Northampton2885152548-2329
22Wimbledon2677122231-928
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2745181942-2317
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