League One
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Bradford City 4-0 Rochdale

Mark Marshall
Mark Marshall's goal was only his second of the season for Bradford City

Bradford moved into second place in League One with their biggest win of the season after thrashing Rochdale at Valley Parade.

The result maintained Bradford's unbeaten home record in the league as they bounced back in style from their FA Cup defeat by Accrington.

Bradford took charge of the game with two goals in three minutes towards the end of the first half.

Top scorer Billy Clarke put them in front after 41 minutes with his sixth goal of the season, rifling a right-foot shot into the net after Nicky Law's left-wing cross had been helped into his path by James Hanson.

Clarke was also instrumental in Bradford's second goal three minutes later.

Visiting goalkeeper Josh Lillis dived full length to turn his low 25-yard shot away for a corner and, when Clarke's set-piece was cleared back to him, he returned the ball into the goalmouth for Timothee Dieng to score with a glancing header.

Rochdale were reduced to 10 men after 57 minutes when Niall Canavan was sent off for a second yellow card after bringing down Josh Cullen just outside the penalty area.

Bradford then scored a third goal when the Rochdale defence failed to clear the resulting free-kick taken by Mark Marshall. Hanson's close-range header was blocked by Lillis and the striker scored from the rebound.

The Bantams added a fourth in the 62nd minute when Marshall scored direct from a free-kick just outside the box.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester: "I was really pleased with the first half, regardless of the scoreline, I thought we were superb.

"The second half, it looks a bit chaotic, but when you're playing a team like Bradford, who retain the ball, it's very difficult when you're down to 10 men.

"If you're playing a direct side and you're down to 10 men, you can get something from the game because they constantly give it you back.

"Some of the players have run through a brick wall today, they never stopped trying, the mental condition of the players now is not to give up."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 2Darby
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6VincelotBooked at 55mins
  • 3Meredith
  • 7MarshallSubstituted forMoraisat 70'minutes
  • 8DiengSubstituted forDevineat 76'minutes
  • 14Cullen
  • 4Law
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 70'minutes
  • 9Hanson

Substitutes

  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 18McNulty
  • 20Morais
  • 23McArdle
  • 24Devine
  • 26Kilgallon
  • 30Cracknell

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forMcNultyat 62'minutes
  • 18Keane
  • 5CanavanBooked at 58mins
  • 39BunneyBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMcGaheyat 69'minutes
  • 28MorleySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 48'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 27Cannon
  • 10Camps
  • 15Thompson
  • 19Davies
  • 11Mendez-Laing

Substitutes

  • 3Tanser
  • 4McNulty
  • 6McGahey
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 25Logan
  • 36Gillam
  • 45Hollins
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
18,205

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 4, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 4, Rochdale 0.

Daniel Devine (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Attempt blocked. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Keith Keane.

Attempt blocked. James Meredith (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Callum Camps (Rochdale) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Josh Cullen (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Booking

Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Thompson (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Daniel Devine replaces Timothee Dieng.

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Filipe Morais replaces Mark Marshall because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Harrison McGahey replaces Joe Bunney.

Booking

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mark Marshall (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Timothee Dieng.

Steve Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Law (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 4, Rochdale 0. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jimmy McNulty replaces Joseph Rafferty.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 3, Rochdale 0. James Hanson (Bradford City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe17114237162137
2Bradford1788126141232
3Bolton169432011931
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Bristol Rovers177552627-126
6Port Vale177462225-325
7Northampton176652825324
8Millwall167362927224
9Wimbledon176652321224
10Rochdale177371922-324
11Peterborough166552619723
12Southend176562226-423
13Fleetwood176472423122
14Walsall165742122-122
15Charlton164841817120
16Bury176292529-420
17Gillingham175572430-620
18Coventry174761518-319
19Swindon175481923-419
20Oxford Utd175481822-419
21MK Dons174582126-517
22Oldham17377918-916
23Shrewsbury173591829-1114
24Chesterfield1633101624-812
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