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Walsall 2-1 Bradford City

Walsall strikers Tom Bradshaw and Milan Lalkovic were both on target at Bescot to hand Bradford City their first defeat in 11 games.

The Saddlers led on 11 minutes when Lalkovic's shot deflected to Bradshaw, who drove low past Ben Williams.

City equalised when Billy Clarke headed down to Lee Evans, whose shot beat Etheridge's dive on 64 minutes.

But Walsall won it nine minutes later as Romaine Sawyers' pass set Lalkovic free to drill low past Williams.

Despite the top two Coventry City and Gillingham both dropping points, third-placed Burton Albion hammered Colchester, so Walsall remain fourth. But they and Burton both have a game in hand, this Tuesday night when Walsall face a derby trip to Shrewsbury.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

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Smith on Walsall v Bradford

"They're a good team and they've gone seven games without conceding a goal, and were 10 games unbeaten.

"But we make a habit of stopping teams in their tracks when they're on good runs.

"It was just an excellent display. In the first half we were outstanding.

"In the second half, they showed what a good team they are and came back at us and we had to withstand an awful lot."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 6DowningBooked at 52mins
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 87mins
  • 14Henry
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 84mins
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forFordeat 77'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 27Evans
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forCookat 85'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 21Cook

Bradford

  • 1Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 71minsSubstituted forColeat 79'minutes
  • 3Meredith
  • 29McMahonSubstituted forBoweryat 89'minutes
  • 4Evans
  • 11Knott
  • 17ReidBooked at 68minsSubstituted forMarshallat 79'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 10Clarke

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 8Liddle
  • 15Leigh
  • 21Bowery
  • 30Cracknell
  • 33James
  • 44Cole
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
4,668

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Bradford City 1.

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt blocked. Devante Cole (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordan Bowery replaces Tony McMahon.

Booking

James O'Connor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Foul by Devante Cole (Bradford City).

George Evans (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Devante Cole replaces Nathan Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Marshall replaces Kyel Reid.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lee Evans (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Kieron Morris.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Bradford City).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Bradford City 1. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Booking

Nathan Clarke (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Bradford City).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ben Williams (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Booking

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry20116338211739
2Gillingham20115439251438
3Burton1912252215738
4Walsall19106332181436
5Wigan2097429191034
6Peterborough20103746311533
7Millwall199463026431
8Southend208752522331
9Bradford208752220231
10Bury208663130130
11Port Vale208572623329
12Sheff Utd207673230227
13Rochdale207672423127
14Scunthorpe2082102427-326
15Doncaster206682026-624
16Chesterfield2072112535-1023
17Swindon2064102934-522
18Fleetwood2063112729-221
19Shrewsbury1963102528-321
20Colchester2055103049-1920
21Oldham2031072232-1019
22Blackpool2054111628-1219
23Crewe2054111933-1419
24Barnsley2053122534-918
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