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Bradford City 3-1 Portsmouth

Bradford dented the League One play-off hopes of Portsmouth with only their second win in 16 matches.

Pompey had the chance to move into the top six but were denied by Nat Knight-Percival, substitute Matthew Lund and leading scorer Charlie Wyke - who gave the Bantams a 3-1 victory.

The victory was only soured by an injury to winger Tyrell Robinson late on, that led to nine minutes of added time.

Knight-Percival put Bradford in front in the 14th minute. Tony McMahon's corner was headed into the defender's path by Matt Kilgallon and Knight-Percival hooked the ball high into the net.

Colin Doyle then made two saves from Wolves loanee Connor Ronan and Portsmouth captain Brett Pitman to preserve Bradford's lead before half-time.

Portsmouth equalised in the 61st minute with a superb goal from Pitman - his 22nd of the League One season.

The Pompey skipper took a pass from substitute Stuart O'Keefe and scored with a 25-yard shot, the ball taking a slight deflection as it flew past the diving Doyle and into the corner.

Lund, on loan from Burton, restored Bradford's lead in the 71st minute with his first goal for the club, racing on to Wyke's flicked pass before forcing his way past Matt Clarke.

Wyke then put the result beyond doubt in the fifth minute of added time, slotting the ball into the empty net after keeper Luke McGee parried McMahon's 20-yard free-kick.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Gilliead
  • 8Dieng
  • 18GuySubstituted forVincelotat 75'minutes
  • 35RobinsonSubstituted forPoleonat 83'minutes
  • 21BrunkerSubstituted forLundat 64'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 3Chicksen
  • 6Vincelot
  • 11Poleon
  • 14McCartan
  • 23Raeder
  • 30Lund
  • 34Patrick

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 20Thompson
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Whatmough
  • 17Donohue
  • 14RonanSubstituted forO'Keefeat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forHawkinsat 56'minutes
  • 33Close
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forChaplinat 76'minutes
  • 8PitmanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 7O'Keefe
  • 9Hawkins
  • 19Chaplin
  • 30May
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
19,554

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 3, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 3, Portsmouth 1.

Booking

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Brett Pitman (Portsmouth).

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 3, Portsmouth 1. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth).

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Bradford City).

Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Poleon (Bradford City).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Dominic Poleon replaces Tyrell Robinson because of an injury.

Delay in match Tyrell Robinson (Bradford City) because of an injury.

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kal Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Romain Vincelot replaces Callum Guy.

Attempt blocked. Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Portsmouth 1. Matthew Lund (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Bradford City).

Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Guy (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan42279682275590
2Blackburn422512576373987
3Shrewsbury422410855352082
4Rotherham432271469511873
5Charlton431811145650665
6Scunthorpe4216161059491064
7Plymouth411810135348564
8Portsmouth43196185554163
9Peterborough4216131364521261
10Bradford41176185262-1057
11Blackpool431414155653356
12Bristol Rovers42168185862-456
13Doncaster411315135249354
14Fleetwood43159195762-554
15Southend421411174962-1353
16Gillingham431216154449-552
17Oxford Utd431311195763-650
18Wimbledon421310194253-1149
19Walsall421212185162-1148
20Oldham421114175468-1447
21Rochdale421016164553-846
22Northampton431110223974-3543
23MK Dons421012204261-1942
24Bury43710263768-3131
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