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Bradford City 4-1 Forest Green Rovers

Andy Cook scored twice as Bradford beat Forest Green Rovers at Valley Parade to earn their biggest win of the season.

The Bantams went in front in the 11th minute when the Rovers defence failed to clear Gareth Evans' corner.

The ball landed at the feet of Elliot Watt just inside the box and the midfielder drilled a shot low into the far corner of the net through a crowded goalmouth.

Several times Bradford went close to increasing their lead, notably in the 36th minute when Cook spotted goalkeeper Lewis Thomas off his line and tried a 45-yard lob which rebounded off the crossbar.

Cook also went near with two headers and a close-range shot which Thomas did well to block.

Watt also wasted a good chance four minutes before half-time when he blazed over the bar from the edge of the box as another corner from Evans caused problems for the visitors' defence.

Elliott Whitehouse went closest for Forest Green with a shot and a header, both of which missed the target, while Jake Young also shot wide.

Cook made up for his earlier near-misses in the 47th minute when he intercepted a misplaced header from Dom Bernard aimed for Baily Cargill and held off Cargill's challenge to score with a low shot.

Forest Green hit back strongly and Young and Aaron Collins had shots blocked before Richard O'Donnell made superb double save to deny substitute Taylor Allen in 54th minute.

Cook scored Bradford's third goal in the 76th minute, taking a pass from substitute Billy Clarke before cutting in from the right to score with a shot into the far corner.

Forest Green pulled a goal back in the 90th minute when Young scored from just outside the box, before substitute Danny Rowe added Bradford's fourth with a shot from an acute angle in the fourth minute of stoppage-time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bradford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 24Cousin-Dawson
  • 4O'Connor
  • 5CanavanBooked at 86mins
  • 23Wood
  • 6O'ConnorBooked at 31mins
  • 18WattBooked at 77mins
  • 26ScalesSubstituted forCrankshawat 85'minutes
  • 10DonaldsonSubstituted forVernamat 81'minutes
  • 17EvansSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutes
  • 29CookSubstituted forRoweat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stevens
  • 13Hornby
  • 14Foulds
  • 15Vernam
  • 16Clarke
  • 28Rowe
  • 31Crankshaw

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 24Thomas
  • 3Bernard
  • 5Stokes
  • 6Cargill
  • 2Wilson
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 7HutchinsonSubstituted forAllenat 45'minutes
  • 11CaddenSubstituted forBaileyat 71'minutes
  • 18Young
  • 10Collins

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 12Allen
  • 17Bailey
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 23Davison
  • 25Richardson
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 4, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 4, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 4, Forest Green Rovers 1. Danny Rowe (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charles Vernam.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Taylor Allen with a cross.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 3, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jake Young (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Kane Wilson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Watt (Bradford City).

  8. Booking

    Niall Canavan (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Niall Canavan (Bradford City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver Crankshaw replaces Kian Scales.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Moore-Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Danny Rowe replaces Andy Cook.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Charles Vernam replaces Clayton Donaldson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Odin Bailey with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Elliot Watt.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Taylor Allen (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Elliot Watt (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge392171159362370
2Cheltenham382081052341868
3Bolton381810104843564
4Tranmere38189115146563
5Forest Green381711105042862
6Morecambe38188125351262
7Newport37169124739857
8Exeter3715111160431756
9Leyton Orient38168144440456
10Bradford37159134442254
11Salford3713131142311152
12Stevenage391216113433152
13Crawley381410144849-152
14Carlisle36156154944551
15Harrogate38147174042-249
16Port Vale39138185052-247
17Scunthorpe37137173845-746
18Oldham39129185565-1045
19Mansfield39917134551-644
20Walsall38818123946-742
21Barrow37118184447-341
22Colchester39816153653-1740
23Southend38811192350-2735
24Grimsby38712192956-2733
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