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Bradford City 3-0 Accrington Stanley

Bradford City hammered 10-man Accrington Stanley to pick up their fourth win in five games and move out of the League One relegation zone.

The Bantams, who were bottom of League One less than a month ago, have scored 13 goals in their past five games and conceded only one - in the 1-0 defeat at Sunderland last Wednesday.

Accrington dominated the early stages, but it was Bradford who took the lead in the 21st minute through Lewis O'Brien.

Jack Payne's short corner found the Huddersfield loanee unmarked on the edge of the penalty area and he scored with a fine shot.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men five minutes later when Offrande Zanzala was sent off for a poor challenge on O'Brien, which resulted in the 19-year-old midfielder having to be substituted with a foot injury.

Bradford took advantage of their extra man on the half hour when Eoin Doyle hammered the ball into the net from 15 yards through a crowded goalmouth to give them a 2-0 half-time lead.

They increased their advantage in the 49th minute when man-of-the-match Payne laid the ball into the path of substitute Connor Wood and he scored with a superb left-foot strike into the top corner from 20 yards.

Michael Ihiekwe and skipper Sean McConville had Accrington's best second-half efforts, but home goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell had few shots to save.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 38Caddis
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 4McGowanBooked at 84mins
  • 3Chicksen
  • 6O'ConnorBooked at 45mins
  • 10PayneSubstituted forGoldthorpat 86'minutes
  • 39O'BrienSubstituted forWoodat 35'minutes
  • 40Ball
  • 9DoyleBooked at 78mins
  • 12MillerSubstituted forBrunkerat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Wilson
  • 18Brunker
  • 23Wood
  • 24Devine
  • 25Isherwood
  • 37Goldthorp
  • 43Maltby

Accrington

  • 30RipleyBooked at 12mins
  • 2JohnsonSubstituted forRichards-Evertonat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 4IhiekweBooked at 52mins
  • 3HughesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Wilmer-AndertonSubstituted forHallat 45'minutesSubstituted forat 46'minutes
  • 7ClarkBooked at 39mins
  • 14Finley
  • 26Barlaser
  • 11McConville
  • 9ZanzalaBooked at 26mins
  • 29KeeBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 10Hall
  • 15Sykes
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 28Conneely
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
16,318

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

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

Foul by Connor Hall (Accrington Stanley).

Booking

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kai Brunker (Bradford City).

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Connor Hall (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Eliot Goldthorp replaces Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Booking

Ryan McGowan (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Bradford City).

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kai Brunker (Bradford City).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Kai Brunker replaces George Miller.

Attempt missed. Connor Hall (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Bradford City).

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Caddis (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

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

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Accrington Stanley).

Delay in match Paul Caddis (Bradford City) because of an injury.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Bradford City).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Connor Ripley.

Attempt saved. George Miller (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Attempt blocked. George Miller (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Ihiekwe (Accrington Stanley) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth26176346242257
2Luton26157449242552
3Sunderland24148245232250
4Barnsley25137540221846
5Charlton26144842301246
6Doncaster26136747321545
7Peterborough26128645331244
8Coventry26115102829-138
9Southend26112133231135
10Blackpool259882625135
11Fleetwood2697103530534
12Accrington259792735-834
13Burton2595113033-332
14Wycombe2688103438-432
15Walsall2688102841-1332
16Shrewsbury2679102932-330
17Rochdale2686123352-1930
18Gillingham2684143643-728
19Bristol Rovers2676132529-427
20Bradford2683153140-927
21Scunthorpe2676133251-1927
22Oxford Utd2668123141-1026
23Plymouth2666143147-1624
24Wimbledon2664162037-1722
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