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Bradford City 1-4 Blackpool

Armand Gnanduillet scored twice as bottom-club Bradford's League One survival hopes suffered a serious blow with a home defeat by manager Gary Bowyer's old club Blackpool.

Bowyer enjoyed a successful two-year spell at Blackpool, leading them to promotion from League Two before leaving one match into the current campaign.

Blackpool went in front after 24 minutes when 20-year-old on-loan Everton midfielder Antony Evans crossed from the left and Gnanduillet scored with a close-range header.

The visitors went further ahead five minutes after half-time with a superb individual goal by Matthew Virtue, who ran some 20 yards before unleashing a 25-yard right-foot shot into the corner of the net, giving keeper Richard O'Donnell no chance.

Bradford had a great chance to pull a goal back after 56 minutes when they were awarded a penalty.

Lewis O'Brien had a shot blocked and Ben Heneghan brought down David Ball in the ensuing goalmouth scramble only for Congo international Christoffer Mafoumbi to dive full length to his left to save leading scorer Eoin Doyle's spot-kick.

Blackpool made Bradford pay for that miss by scoring two more goals.

Gnanduillet headed his second goal from right-back Michael Nottingham's cross in the 68th minute and substitute Chris Taylor scored the fourth with a close-range shot in the 80th minute after a great run by Nathan Delfouneso.

The home side scored a consolation goal in stoppage time with a far-post header from Ball from Paul Caddis' delivery.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 38Caddis
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6O'Connor
  • 3Chicksen
  • 39O'BrienBooked at 83mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 42mins
  • 40Ball
  • 10PayneSubstituted forButterfieldat 45'minutes
  • 18AndersonSubstituted forWrightat 74'minutes
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forClarkeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5O'Connor
  • 13Wilson
  • 16Butterfield
  • 17Clarke
  • 20Patrick
  • 24Devine
  • 44Wright

Blackpool

  • 37MafoumbiBooked at 55mins
  • 12Nottingham
  • 6Heneghan
  • 16TiltBooked at 39mins
  • 27Bola
  • 24Feeney
  • 8SpearingBooked at 23minsSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 5EvansSubstituted forPritchardat 64'minutes
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 21GnanduilletSubstituted forKirbyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wilmer-Anderton
  • 11Dodoo
  • 13Boney
  • 14Pritchard
  • 19Taylor
  • 23Kirby
  • 31Long
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
16,307

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Blackpool 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Blackpool 4.

Adam Chicksen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nya Kirby (Blackpool).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Blackpool 4. David Ball (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Foul by David Ball (Bradford City).

Michael Nottingham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Marc Bola (Blackpool).

Booking

Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City).

Nya Kirby (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Nya Kirby replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Eoin Doyle.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Blackpool 4. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Michael Nottingham.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Taylor replaces Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Josh Wright replaces Jermaine Anderson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jermaine Anderson (Bradford City) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. David Ball (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Blackpool 3. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Nottingham with a cross.

Attempt missed. Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Bradford City).

Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Harry Pritchard replaces Antony Evans.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Anderson (Bradford City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Antony Evans (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Christoffer Mafoumbi.

Penalty saved! Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Christoffer Mafoumbi (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton392411476314583
2Barnsley392212565283778
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton381910955371867
6Peterborough391610136054658
7Doncaster3815121161501157
8Blackpool391414114341256
9Coventry39168154343056
10Burton391411145346753
11Fleetwood381410144941852
12Gillingham39138185363-1047
13Oxford Utd391113154554-946
14Plymouth391210174961-1246
15Bristol Rovers381112153939045
16Wycombe381111164758-1144
17Accrington371111154054-1444
18Scunthorpe39128194767-2044
19Shrewsbury391013164252-1043
20Southend39126214757-1042
21Walsall39119194261-1942
22Rochdale38118194776-2941
23Wimbledon39116223457-2339
24Bradford39106234367-2436
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