League One
BradfordBradford City2CrawleyCrawley Town1

Substitute Garry Thompson headed a late winner as Bradford City marked the 29th anniversary of their tragic stadium fire with victory over Crawley.

Bradford went ahead when Nathan Doyle found Aaron McLean with a pass over the defence and the striker fired in.

But defender Carl McHugh and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlan then left the ball for one another and Crawley replacement Jamie Proctor nipped in to lob home.

Thompson met Gary Jones's corner to lift City to 13th in League One.

The win takes the Bantams above their opponents with one game left to play.

Fifty-six people died in May 1985 when a fire engulfed Valley Parade during a game against Lincoln City.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

"Jamie Proctor got us back into the game with a brilliant goal. He took it very well and knew exactly what he was doing in that position.

"There only looked like there was going to one winner but we messed up on a corner and Bradford have nicked the points.

"We had a problem to begin with in set-pieces and we rely too much on Kyle McFadzean and Joe Walsh, who we seem to expect to head clear.

"But other people should take responsibility in that situation and it's something we need to spend time on in the summer."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1McLaughlan
  • 2Darby
  • 6Drury
  • 24Doyle
  • 5Davies
  • 23McArdleSubstituted forMcHughat 58'minutes
  • 20De VitaSubstituted forBennettat 69'minutes
  • 18Jones
  • 17Stead
  • 21McLeanSubstituted forThompsonat 61'minutes
  • 14Yeates

Substitutes

  • 3Meredith
  • 4Dolan
  • 11Thompson
  • 12Jameson
  • 16McHugh
  • 27McBurnie
  • 32Bennett

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 28DickerSubstituted forProctorat 56'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 26Edwards
  • 21JonesSubstituted forTorresat 56'minutes
  • 18Tubbs
  • 15Bulman
  • 11Simpson

Substitutes

  • 6Essam
  • 8Torres
  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 25Maddison
  • 33Isaacs
  • 34Richefond
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
13,247

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 2, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Carl McHugh (Bradford City).

  6. Post update

    Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

  8. Post update

    Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mark Yeates (Bradford City).

  13. Post update

    Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 2, Crawley Town 1. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Jones.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Jones.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Davies (Bradford City).

  20. Post update

    Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4530105863155100
2Brentford452710870432791
3Preston452316671442785
4Leyton Orient4524111082443883
5Rotherham452314884572783
6Peterborough452341872581473
7Swindon45199176257566
8Sheff Utd441712154544163
9MK Dons45179196262060
10Port Vale45186215973-1460
11Walsall451416154948158
12Bristol City451318146966357
13Bradford451317155553256
14Crawley441413174753-655
15Oldham441412184857-954
16Gillingham45157235978-1952
17Coventry451613167375-251
18Colchester451214195261-950
19Notts County45154266376-1349
20Crewe451212215279-2748
21Tranmere451211225177-2647
22Carlisle441111224373-3044
23Stevenage45119254670-2442
24Shrewsbury45914224364-2141
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