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Bradford City 0-1 Portsmouth

Portsmouth captain Gareth Evans condemned League One bottom club Bradford City to their sixth successive defeat.

It was League One leaders Pompey's seventh away win and Bradford's seventh home defeat.

To compound the misery of the home side they had left-back Adam Chicksen sent off after 83 minutes for a second bookable offence. It was Chicksen's first match back after two months out of action through injury.

The winning goal came in the 11th minute when the ball was swung out to the left where Ronan Curtis pulled it back into the path of Evans, who against his old club scored with a right-foot shot high into the net from 15 yards.

The visitors came close to increasing their lead in the 28th minute when Oli Hawkins headed narrowly over the crossbar after Evans' long free-kick was headed on by Tom Naylor.

And four minutes later the Bantams' Richard O'Donnell had to dive full length to save after Ben Thompson's shot took a deflection.

Bradford had two great chances to equalise in the second half.

The first came in the 60th minute when a corner was cleared only as far as Lewis O'Brien and the Huddersfield loanee found defender Anthony O'Connor unmarked in front of goal, but the Bantams' skipper's header lacked power and keeper Craig MacGillivray on a two-year deal after he turned down a new contract at Shrewsbury. made an easy save.

Then, midfield player Hope Akpan spurned another chance for Bradford share the points in the first minute of stoppage time after exchanging passes with substitute Sherwin Seedorf, but fired over the bar with only MacGillivray to beat.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4McGowanBooked at 53mins
  • 6O'Connor
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3ChicksenBooked at 83mins
  • 44WrightSubstituted forPayneat 65'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 21Akpan
  • 40Ball
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forBrunkerat 80'minutes
  • 12MillerSubstituted forDandery Seedorfat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Payne
  • 17Dandery Seedorf
  • 18Brunker
  • 23Wood
  • 25Isherwood
  • 31Sykes-Kenworthy
  • 37Goldthorp

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 5Clarke
  • 16WhatmoughBooked at 84mins
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 32Thompson
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forCloseat 75'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forWheelerat 87'minutes
  • 9Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 14Mason
  • 22Wheeler
  • 33Close
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
16,393

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 0, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Ball (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Ryan McGowan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Wheeler (Portsmouth).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

  9. Post update

    Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kai Brunker (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sherwin Dandery Seedorf (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Sherwin Dandery Seedorf replaces George Miller.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Payne (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. David Wheeler replaces Ronan Curtis.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kai Brunker (Bradford City).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

    Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

  20. Post update

    Jack Payne (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth17115128141438
2Sunderland16105132131935
3Peterborough17103433221133
4Barnsley1694329141531
5Luton178542719829
6Accrington177732119228
7Coventry178452018228
8Charlton167452420425
9Doncaster177462524125
10Walsall167451922-325
11Fleetwood176562419523
12Southend177282122-123
13Blackpool155731715222
14Burton166372222021
15Wycombe175662324-121
16Rochdale175572231-920
17Gillingham165382628-218
18Shrewsbury174671620-418
19Scunthorpe174672637-1118
20Bristol Rovers174581414017
21Oxford Utd173682027-715
22Plymouth1734101829-1113
23Wimbledon1732121126-1511
24Bradford1731131231-1910
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