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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Bradford City

Early-season front-runners Crewe earned their fourth win in five games as they came from behind to beat Bradford 2-1 with goals from Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery.

James Vaughan headed the Bantams in front but Crewe were an attacking force throughout, although they missed a host of great chances.

When Lowery's effort dropped into the path of Paul Green, the veteran midfielder could only pull his volley straight at keeper Richard O'Donnell. Kirk then broke clear, evading Anthony O'Connor's last-ditch tackle, but steered his shot past the far post.

Vaughan was more clinical when he edged Bradford ahead in the 32nd minute, reacting the quickest to head home the rebound after Jamie Devitt's piledriver came back off the bar.

Ben Richards-Everton preserved the lead when heading a lofted effort from Kirk off the line.

But Kirk was not be denied after breaking clear again onto a long ball from Ryan Wintle, firing into the far corner to draw Crewe level three minutes before half-time.

Kirk was close again after the break when his deflected effort produced a reaction save from O'Donnell, but Crewe were to get their reward for sustained pressure when Lowery found the corner with a super drive from 25 yards on the hour mark.

Bradford went closest to levelling when debutant Harry Pritchard just missed with a diving header at the far post.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2NgBooked at 77mins
  • 5Lancashire
  • 6Nolan
  • 3PickeringBooked at 7mins
  • 12Green
  • 4Wintle
  • 16LoweryBooked at 74mins
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 83'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Hunt
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 6O'Connor
  • 4O'Connor
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 2Mellor
  • 21Akpan
  • 27DevittSubstituted forGibsonat 81'minutes
  • 16PalmerSubstituted forPritchardat 62'minutes
  • 23WoodSubstituted forCookeat 62'minutes
  • 10Donaldson
  • 12Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 7Pritchard
  • 13Hornby
  • 17Gibson
  • 18Anderson
  • 20Patrick
  • 24Devine
  • 26Cooke
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
4,459

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Bradford City 1.

Booking

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Vaughan (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

Hand ball by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Callum Cooke.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Gibson (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City).

Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

Hope Akpan (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Attempt blocked. Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

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

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Chris Porter.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Paudie O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordan Gibson replaces Jamie Devitt.

Attempt missed. Harry Pritchard (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Kelvin Mellor with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Hope Akpan (Bradford City).

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City).

Booking

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Harry Pritchard (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Devitt following a fast break.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Booking

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Cooke (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

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

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter642073414
2Newport633062412
3Crewe640277012
4Grimsby6321137611
5Swindon6321117411
6Plymouth6312106410
7Macclesfield631285310
8Crawley6312108210
9Forest Green631255010
10Port Vale623189-19
11Cheltenham62228538
12Bradford62226428
13Cambridge62226608
14Colchester62226608
15Leyton Orient622279-28
16Salford61418807
17Northampton62136607
18Carlisle6213710-37
19Mansfield61328806
20Morecambe6123610-45
21Walsall612338-55
22Oldham611438-54
23Stevenage603326-43
24Scunthorpe6015513-81
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