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Colchester United 1-2 Bradford City

Bradford returned to winning ways and plunged Colchester deeper into relegation trouble with a 2-1 League Two victory at the JobServe Community Stadium.

The Bantams took a 10th-minute lead through Kian Scales, who swept a superb shot past U's goalkeeper Dean Gerken and into the far corner from the edge of the area from Clayton Donaldson's assist.

But Colchester's top scorer Jevani Brown fired over the crossbar from 10 yards and Harry Pell also squandered an equally good close-range opportunity.

The U's eventually equalised in the 42nd minute through Frank Nouble's downward header, from Brown's free-kick into the box.

And Colchester felt they should have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Courtney Senior tumbled under Gareth Evans' challenge in the area.

But Bradford regained their lead in the 58th minute when Andy Cook headed in Donaldson's cross at the far post.

Scales saw a brilliant effort rattle the woodwork and Jordan Stevens had a chance cleared off the line in stoppage-time by Colchester substitute Josh Doherty, as Bradford edged victory to end a five-match winless run and leave their opponents four points above the relegation zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 38Tchamadeu
  • 18Eastman
  • 5SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 21ClampinSubstituted forDohertyat 55'minutes
  • 8Pell
  • 24StevensonSubstituted forLapslieat 62'minutes
  • 7Senior
  • 22Sarpong-WireduSubstituted forChilversat 83'minutes
  • 45Nouble
  • 10BrownSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 3Doherty
  • 4Lapslie
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 14Chilvers
  • 29George
  • 39Folivi

Bradford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 24Cousin-DawsonSubstituted forWattat 63'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 5Canavan
  • 23Wood
  • 22Sutton
  • 6O'Connor
  • 26ScalesBooked at 75minsSubstituted forStevensat 90'minutes
  • 10DonaldsonSubstituted forFouldsat 90'minutes
  • 17Evans
  • 29CookSubstituted forRoweat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stevens
  • 13Hornby
  • 14Foulds
  • 18Watt
  • 19Burrell
  • 27Shanks
  • 28Rowe
Referee:
Graham Salisbury

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 1, Bradford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Bradford City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Rowe (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross.

  4. Booking

    Tommy Smith (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliot Watt (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rowe.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Stevens (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard O'Donnell.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Matthew Foulds replaces Clayton Donaldson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Jordan Stevens replaces Kian Scales.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Colchester United. Josh Doherty tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Josh Doherty (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kian Scales (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Junior Tchamadeu (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

    Elliot Watt (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Noah Chilvers replaces Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Jevani Brown.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge382071157352267
2Cheltenham371981048341465
3Tranmere37189105142963
4Bolton37189104843563
5Forest Green371711949381162
6Morecambe37188115249362
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter3615111060421856
9Leyton Orient37158144240253
10Salford3613121141301151
11Crawley36149134847151
12Bradford36149134041-151
13Stevenage381116113333049
14Carlisle35146154744348
15Harrogate37146174042-248
16Scunthorpe36136173845-745
17Oldham38129175564-945
18Port Vale38128184952-344
19Mansfield38917124549-444
20Walsall37817123946-741
21Colchester38815153653-1739
22Barrow36108184246-438
23Southend38811192350-2735
24Grimsby37711192855-2732
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