League One
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Bradford City 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Aaron McLean
Aaron McLean has now scored three goals this season - but this was his first at home since April

Bradford City scored two goals in as many minutes to pile more misery on League One bottom club Crewe.

The Bantams had gone four home league games without a win.

But Aaron McLean gave City the lead in the 72nd minute with a header from Mark Yeates' cross, before Gary Liddle struck the second from outside the area after Filipe Morais' pull-back.

Crewe, for whom Chris Atkinson went close, have taken only four points from 11 games, conceding 29 goals.

Crewe boss Steve Davis withdrew on-loan Swansea City centre-half Alan Tate at half-time, replacing him with on-loan striker Febian Brandy in a tactical reshuffle.

Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Taking Alan Tate off was purely tactical. We felt we had enough out there to keep them out. That doesn't mean to say he won't be involved against Coventry this weekend.

"We found it difficult in the first half to get out and push them back and that is why we changed the formation.

"For 70-odd minutes we had defended reasonably well and it looked as though they were running out a bit but the centre-halves didn't quite sort out the marking and McLean has got between them to score.

"We kept trying to give the lads the best chance to keep things tight and give ourselves a chance. The players worked extremely hard and it was just those little errors that have cost us."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 5DaviesBooked at 35mins
  • 6Sheehan
  • 8LiddleBooked at 63mins
  • 17KennedySubstituted forKnottat 59'minutes
  • 14Yeates
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forBennettat 83'minutes
  • 10Clarke
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcBurnieat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Meredith
  • 4Dolan
  • 11Knott
  • 12Williams
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie
  • 28Bennett

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 30TateSubstituted forBrandyat 45'minutes
  • 6DugdaleBooked at 74mins
  • 2Tootle
  • 8AtkinsonSubstituted forTurtonat 74'minutes
  • 18NolanSubstituted forWatersat 77'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 24Leigh
  • 25Haber
  • 11Cooper

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 3Guthrie
  • 7Turton
  • 9Oliver
  • 17Waters
  • 28Ness
  • 29Brandy
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
12,386

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City).

  4. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Billy Knott (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Mason Bennett replaces Filipe Morais.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Gary Liddle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Liam Nolan.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Aaron McLean.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Gary Liddle (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

  17. Booking

    Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Billy Knott (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Turton replaces Chris Atkinson.