League One
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Brentford 2-0 Bradford City

Clayton Donaldson

Clayton Donaldson struck his 15th goal of the season to help Brentford ease to victory over Bradford City.

Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in a drab first period which saw the Bees dominate for large parts.

The breakthrough came when Donaldson's left-footed strike from just outside the box found the bottom corner.

Donaldson should have made it two but fired over from five-yards before the points were secured through George Saville's effort that found the corner.

Brentford, who have now lost just one of their last 22 games climb to within a point of second-placed Leyton Orient while Bradford who have won just twice since 23 November remain in mid-table.

The Bees started strongly playing some excellent football with Will Grigg at the centre of much of the good work.

Despite enjoying more than their fair share of possession, Brentford failed to make any clear cut chances and instead it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half but Chris Atkinson fired over when well placed.

After the break the hosts upped the tempo and both Grigg and Donaldson put wide when they should have done better.

But Donaldson's excellent strike settled the nerves and gave the Bees a much need lift.

Donaldson somehow ballooned over shortly after before Jonathan Douglas hit the bar but Saville's poke into the bottom corner made the points safe.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forReevesat 63'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 17Saville
  • 8Douglas
  • 11GriggSubstituted forTrottaat 66'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forDallasat 87'minutes
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 15Dallas
  • 19Fillo
  • 22Reeves
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Trotta

Bradford

  • 1McLaughlan
  • 2Darby
  • 16McHughSubstituted forDruryat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18JonesBooked at 75mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Bates
  • 32Bennett
  • 24Doyle
  • 21McLeanSubstituted forThompsonat 84'minutes
  • 29AtkinsonSubstituted forGrayat 72'minutes
  • 28Reach

Substitutes

  • 6Drury
  • 10Gray
  • 11Thompson
  • 12Jameson
  • 14Yeates
  • 27McBurnie
  • 35Stockdill
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
8,063

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Booking

    Adam Drury (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adam Drury (Bradford City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Clayton Donaldson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Garry Thompson replaces Aaron McLean.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Adam Drury replaces Carl McHugh.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Bradford City 0. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Gray (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.