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Swindon Town 2-1 Bradford City

Massimo Luongo
Massimo Luongo featured for the first time in two weeks after a lay-off with a groin injury

Swindon Town put their automatic promotion bid back on track with a win over play-off hopefuls Bradford.

Town had lost their last three games, but Massimo Luongo hammered in a first goal off the post and then converted Andy Williams's cut-back.

Williams also struck the woodwork in a first half dominated by the hosts.

And even though Billy Clarke put away a loose ball with Bradford's first shot on target, Swindon closed the gap on second-placed MK Dons to two points.

Australian Luongo thought he had a hat-trick, but his rasping effort in the second half was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford.

The Bantams caused a late scare when Gary Liddle's header hit the bar, but a foul was given against the visitors, and Phil Parkinson's side remain sixth.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We needed to get back on track and the three points was the most important thing.

"We were outstanding in the first half. Some of the football was incredible and the game should have been out of sight.

"We were a little bit wasteful in front of goal and we could have been sitting comfortably at half-time.

"I think the players realised they made it far too open in the second half."

Line-ups

Swindon

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 80mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 4Luongo
  • 5Stephens
  • 19ThompsonBooked at 23mins
  • 7GladwinSubstituted forToffoloat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 14Swift
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford

Bradford

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2DarbyBooked at 90mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 15MackenzieBooked at 36mins
  • 3MeredithBooked at 11minsSubstituted forSheehanat 45'minutes
  • 24BurkeSubstituted forYeatesat 75'minutes
  • 8LiddleBooked at 39mins
  • 11Knott
  • 25Halliday
  • 10Clarke
  • 16SteadSubstituted forZokoat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 6Sheehan
  • 12Williams
  • 13Zoko
  • 14Yeates
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Routis
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
6,812

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 2, Bradford City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Stephen Darby (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Harry Toffolo replaces Ben Gladwin.

  7. Post update

    Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

  9. Post update

    Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town).

  13. Post update

    Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ben Gladwin.

  15. Booking

    Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

  18. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mark Yeates (Bradford City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Yeates replaces Oliver Burke.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City32207561303167
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon32186859352460
4Preston31178647281959
5Sheff Utd3115794536952
6Bradford31129104136545
7Doncaster32129113940-145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale301251352421041
14Walsall321011113334-141
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Barnsley32125154248-641
17Scunthorpe31117134347-440
18Notts County31108133339-638
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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