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Port Vale 1-2 Bradford City

Ex-Port Vale loanee Alex Jones returned to haunt his former club as his late goal gave Bradford victory at Vale Park.

Jones' 74th-minute strike helped the Bantams, who were without a win in four matches, get their League One play-off push back on track after JJ Hooper had equalised for the home side following Romain Vincelot's opener.

The French midfielder gave his side the lead after 41 minutes when he beat his man to pop up at the back post and nod Tony McMahon's free-kick past Leonardo Fasan.

Vale levelled in the 58th minute after Anton Forrester crossed for Hooper to tap home from close range, despite Colin Doyle getting a hand to the ball.

But Jones, who scored 10 goals for the Valiants before joining Bradford in January, had the final say in the 74th minute when sliding the ball past Fasan from Alex Gilliead's cross.

The result takes the Bantams up to fifth in the table, while the Valiants - now without a win in eight games - slipped two points adrift of safety.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 38Fasan
  • 2Purkiss
  • 24Smith
  • 12PughBooked at 66mins
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 44EaglesSubstituted forShodipoat 71'minutes
  • 25Guy
  • 11Foley
  • 14ThomasBooked at 41minsSubstituted forShalajat 85'minutes
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forTurnerat 78'minutes
  • 10Hooper

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 18Turner
  • 19Tanser
  • 23Boot
  • 27Amoros
  • 30Shalaj
  • 46Shodipo

Bradford

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3MeredithBooked at 37mins
  • 6Vincelot
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forGillieadat 60'minutes
  • 4LawSubstituted forJonesat 72'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 14Cullen
  • 9WykeSubstituted forDiengat 77'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 5Toner
  • 8Dieng
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Gilliead
  • 19Jones
  • 24Devine
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,953

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Bradford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Bradford City 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City).

  10. Post update

    Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale).

  13. Booking

    Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Callum Guy (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Gezim Shalaj replaces Jerome Thomas.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Pugh (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Anton Forrester.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jerome Thomas (Port Vale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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