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Chesterfield 0-1 Bradford City

Bradford City celebrate
Billy Clarke's (left) winner was his fourth goal of the season

Bradford's unbeaten start to the League One season continued when a Billy Clarke goal sealed a deserved win at Chesterfield.

The visitors dominated in front of nearly 2,000 Bantams fans and should have won the game comfortably as Chesterfield rarely threatened.

Bradford finally made their possession count in the 26th minute when a short corner was picked up by Clarke, who drove a shot from the left-hand edge of the area into the roof of the net.

Chesterfield were denied an equaliser in the 31st minute when Colin Doyle made a superb save to turn over a 25-yard free-kick from Kristian Dennis.

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Bradford went close to a second in the 42nd minute after Jordy Hiwula broke through on the left but Ryan Fulton blocked his low shot.

Fulton rescued Chesterfield again in the 47th minute with a brilliant reaction save from a Hiwula flick, and the visitors had another chance when Timothee Dieng put James Meredith in but he dragged his shot wide.

Mark Marshall fired wide from a good position and Meredith had another chance in stoppage time.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 12Fulton
  • 33Graham
  • 4HirdBooked at 68mins
  • 23Anderson
  • 27Maguire
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 5Liddle
  • 18NolanBooked at 72minsSubstituted forGermanat 76'minutes
  • 11MitchellSubstituted forO'Sheaat 45'minutes
  • 24Wilkinson
  • 20DennisSubstituted forDimaioat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evatt
  • 7Gardner
  • 15Humphreys
  • 17Dimaio
  • 26O'Shea
  • 35German
  • 36Parkin

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 2Darby
  • 6Vincelot
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3Meredith
  • 7Marshall
  • 8Dieng
  • 14Cullen
  • 4LawSubstituted forMoraisat 78'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forVuckicat 78'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 17Rabiega
  • 19Vuckic
  • 20Morais
  • 23McArdle
  • 24Devine
  • 26Kilgallon
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
6,997

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 0, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Bradford City 1.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gboly Ariyibi.

Attempt missed. James Meredith (Bradford City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Haris Vuckic (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Filipe Morais (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricky German (Chesterfield).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Liam Graham.

Foul by Ricky German (Chesterfield).

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Chesterfield).

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Filipe Morais replaces Nicky Law.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Haris Vuckic replaces Billy Clarke.

Attempt saved. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Ricky German replaces Jon Nolan.

Booking

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).

Nicky Law (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Graham (Chesterfield).

Nicky Law (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Meredith (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Connor Dimaio replaces Kristian Dennis.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Conor Wilkinson (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Sam Hird (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe1173126111524
2Bradford11560137621
3Bury116232013720
4Sheff Utd115331414018
5Northampton114521812617
6Port Vale115241514117
7Bristol Rovers114431616016
8Bolton114431010016
9MK Dons114341514115
10Oxford Utd114341211115
11Rochdale114341313015
12Gillingham114341721-415
13Peterborough113531814414
14Fleetwood113441616013
15Wimbledon113441516-113
16Walsall113441317-413
17Chesterfield113351616012
18Charlton112631212012
19Millwall113351822-412
20Swindon113351216-412
21Southend113351220-812
22Shrewsbury112451116-510
23Coventry11164812-49
24Oldham11164512-79
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