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Stevenage 0-1 Bradford City

Bradford City continued their unbeaten start in League Two as they were gifted victory at Stevenage thanks to a Tom Soares own goal.

The Bantams stood firm against early pressure, with Luther Wildin wasting the best chance of the half for the home side when he headed over from close range.

James Vaughan was denied by a smart fingertip save by Paul Farman in the 12th minute as Bradford threatened for the first time.

City survived shouts for a penalty in the 25th minute when Kurtis Guthrie went down in the box, but they found themselves ahead when Soares guided Connor Wood's corner into his own net in the 42nd minute.

Bradford keeper Richard O'Donnell pulled off a brilliant save to keep out Danny Newton's close-range header in the 62nd minute.

Guthrie was then inches away with a far-post header seven minutes later, before O'Donnell kept out a back-heeled effort from Kelland Watts with seven minutes left.

And Ben Kennedy was inches away from levelling when he hit the bar with a free-kick with a minute to go.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 30FernandezSubstituted forRollinsonat 85'minutes
  • 6Soares
  • 20Watts
  • 2Wildin
  • 8ByromSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 12Husin
  • 3Stokes
  • 19Newton
  • 28Guthrie
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forKennedyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cowley
  • 10Kennedy
  • 13Bastien
  • 14Fielding
  • 16Iontton
  • 17Rollinson
  • 23Smith

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Mellor
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 22HenleySubstituted forAkpanat 29'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forPatrickat 74'minutes
  • 24Devine
  • 16Palmer
  • 23Wood
  • 10Donaldson
  • 12VaughanBooked at 48mins

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 13Hornby
  • 15French
  • 18Anderson
  • 20Patrick
  • 21Akpan
  • 29Colville
Referee:
Christopher Pollard
Attendance:
2,833

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Bradford City 1.

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Daniel Devine (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Vaughan with a headed pass following a fast break.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omari Patrick (Bradford City).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Danny Newton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Bradford City).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Bradford City).

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage).

Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Joel Rollinson replaces Luis Fernandez.

Attempt saved. Chris Stokes (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Kelland Watts (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Vaughan (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Smith replaces Joel Byrom because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luther Wildin with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Fernandez.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Omari Patrick replaces Sean Scannell.

Attempt missed. Kelland Watts (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Byrom with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Byrom with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Daniel Devine.

Attempt blocked. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Byrom with a cross.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Luther Wildin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Devine (Bradford City).

Kelland Watts (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City).

Foul by Luis Fernandez (Stevenage).

Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe43015509
2Bradford42205148
3Cambridge42205328
4Exeter42203128
5Cheltenham42116247
6Plymouth42116337
7Swindon42116427
8Forest Green42114317
9Leyton Orient421145-17
10Macclesfield42025326
11Port Vale41305416
12Newport41303216
13Mansfield41218715
14Grimsby41215415
15Salford41215505
16Walsall41212205
17Morecambe412134-15
18Crawley41126604
19Northampton411234-14
20Carlisle410348-43
21Colchester402246-22
22Stevenage401304-41
23Oldham401316-51
24Scunthorpe4013511-61
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