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Northampton Town 0-1 Bradford City

Tony McMahon's free-kick inflicted a first home defeat on manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as Bradford earned a hard-fought win at Northampton.

A game of few chances was won by McMahon's fine strike before the break, sending Bradford up to third in League One, level on points with second-placed Peterborough, and dropping the Cobblers to 20th.

Hasselbaink had won his first two matches in charge at Sixfields, but has taken one point from the last three outings.

The Bantams had two good early chances, but Nicky Law shot straight at Matt Ingram, and Dominic Poleon then missed his kick from eight yards out.

Charlie Wyke also tested Ingram, and the visitors eventually took the lead in controversial fashion when Brendan Moloney was deemed to have fouled Alex Gilliead 25 yards out, and McMahon curled the free-kick into the top corner.

The second half was short on action as Bradford stood firm and soaked up plenty of Northampton pressure, with both Alex Revell and Marc Richards missing great late chances to pinch a point for the home side.

Match report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3Buchanan
  • 26PooleSubstituted forHoskinsat 74'minutes
  • 22Crooks
  • 29Grimes
  • 11PowellSubstituted forRichardsat 68'minutes
  • 10Revell
  • 19LongSubstituted forWatersat 38'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Kasim
  • 5Barnett
  • 7Waters
  • 9Richards
  • 14Hoskins
  • 20Smith

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 3Chicksen
  • 6Vincelot
  • 4Reeves
  • 7LawSubstituted forThompsonat 80'minutes
  • 17GillieadBooked at 84mins
  • 11PoleonSubstituted forPatrickat 64'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 10Taylor
  • 14McCartan
  • 15Field
  • 19Jones
  • 23Raeder
  • 34Patrick
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
6,355

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bradford City 1.

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town).

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

Booking

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Gilliead (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Adam Thompson replaces Nicky Law.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Regan Poole.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Omari Patrick (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).

Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Daniel Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Omari Patrick replaces Dominic Poleon.

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Adam Chicksen (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Reeves (Bradford City).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Bradford City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bradford City 1.

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Poleon (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury9720136723
2Peterborough96211910920
3Bradford9621169720
4Wigan96121761119
5Scunthorpe9531113818
6Blackpool95221511417
7Charlton95131412216
8Rotherham95042011915
9Blackburn8413128413
10Fleetwood84131415-113
11MK Dons9414911-213
12Oxford Utd93331410412
13Walsall93331316-312
14Bristol Rovers94051519-412
15Portsmouth93241112-111
16Southend92431317-410
17Doncaster9234101009
18Rochdale92341013-39
19Wimbledon9225510-58
20Northampton9216815-77
21Bury9135915-66
22Gillingham9135614-86
23Plymouth9126616-105
24Oldham91171223-114
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