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Coventry City 2-0 Bradford City: Bantams relegated from League One

Nat Knight-Percival is sent off
Nat Knight-Percival's red card just before half time made any Bradford hopes of a comeback even harder

Bradford were relegated to League Two following their away defeat by Coventry.

The loss, coupled with Rochdale's win over Wycombe and Scunthorpe's goalless draw with Blackpool later on Friday, means the Bantams are 10 points from safety with just nine points left to play for.

Bradford knew they needed a draw or a win to keep alive any realistic hopes of staying in League One, but a solid Coventry performance managed to keep the Yorkshire side at bay.

Bradford flew out of the blocks, creating a host of early chances, but it was Coventry who drew first blood after nine minutes thanks to a smart finish from Jordy Hiwula.

The former Huddersfield forward was given the ball just outside the box by Coventry captain Liam Kelly before jinking past two Bantams defenders and drilling into the bottom corner past the helpless Ben Wilson.

Bradford centre-back Nat Knight-Percival was then dismissed after being shown a second yellow card shortly before the break for kicking out at Coventry's Amadou Bakayoko.

Coventry were in complete control after the break - Wolves loanee Bright Enobakhare eventually made it 2-0 on the 88th minute as he slammed home after a perfectly weighted Kelly ball over the defence.

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer led Bradford to victory in his first game as manager, but his side have lost their past seven games under his leadership

Bradford's dismal recent form has seen the side slip back into the fourth tier after six seasons in League One.

They have lost their past seven games and won just three in 2019, losing 12 and drawing three in that time.

Three managers have been at the helm this campaign, with summer appointment Michael Collins lasting just six games until he was sacked on 3 September.

Former Bradford midfielder David Hopkin replaced him, but he resigned on 25 February after seven wins in 35 games to be replaced by Gary Bowyer last month.

After the game Bowyer was critical of some of his experienced players who he said did "nowhere near enough" during the loss to Coventry.

'Bradford need clean slate' - analysis

BBC Radio Leeds' Bradford City commentator Tim Steere

For many Bradford fans, relegation has been inevitable for a while now. The first time it really hit home was the defeat at Walsall in February, when Bradford lost 3-2 against a side that had their top scorer sent off after just six minutes.

To lose that game from being 1-0 up was unacceptable and David Hopkin resigned soon after to give the club the best chance of staying in League One.

Despite a brief upturn in performances early on in Gary Bowyer's reign, old habits die hard and Bradford couldn't get out of the habit of losing. The squad simply wasn't good enough or strong enough.

It needs a clean slate and to start again from scratch, but the foundations to build on are a lot stronger now than last season.

With Bowyer committed to the club for two years, Julian Rhodes staying on as chief executive and owner Stefan Rupp continuing to help fund the Bantams, there are signs that the broken pieces of Bradford can be put back together to get them back into League One soon.

Selling over 13,000 season tickets shows the fans believe and that should help with enticing players to Valley Parade.

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Burge
  • 17SterlingBooked at 29mins
  • 5Davies
  • 15Hyam
  • 41McCallum
  • 6KellyBooked at 21mins
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forChaplinat 57'minutes
  • 23Thomas
  • 24Enobakhare
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forPonticelliat 90+1'minutes
  • 21BakayokoSubstituted forWestbrookeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Willis
  • 10Chaplin
  • 12Brown
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 33Addai
  • 44Wakefield

Bradford

Formation 5-4-1

  • 13Wilson
  • 38CaddisSubstituted forDevineat 75'minutes
  • 5O'Connor
  • 22Knight-PercivalBooked at 44mins
  • 6O'Connor
  • 23Wood
  • 7Scannell
  • 16ButterfieldSubstituted forAndersonat 71'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 39O'BrienBooked at 84mins
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 10Payne
  • 12Miller
  • 17Clarke
  • 18Anderson
  • 24Devine
  • 36Colville
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
11,711

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 2, Bradford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Bradford City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Miller (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam McCallum (Coventry City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Ponticelli replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 2, Bradford City 0. Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

  7. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by George Miller (Bradford City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paudie O'Connor.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wood (Bradford City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Zain Westbrooke replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Daniel Devine replaces Paul Caddis.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley432413674363885
3Sunderland422217376413583
4Portsmouth422411777453283
5Charlton4323101063402379
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough421811136455965
8Coventry431810155249364
9Burton4316121561501160
10Blackpool431417124746159
11Fleetwood421512155548757
12Oxford Utd431414155257-556
13Gillingham43149205769-1251
14Bristol Rovers431214174548-350
15Shrewsbury431214174855-750
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Rochdale43139215283-3148
18Wycombe431211205265-1347
19Plymouth431211205270-1847
20Scunthorpe431210214973-2446
21Wimbledon43129223860-2245
22Southend43128235064-1444
23Walsall431110224670-2443
24Bradford43106274574-2936
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