Matthew Saunders curled home a 25-yard free-kick as Dagenham & Redbridge climbed out of the League Two relegation places with a narrow win.

Bradford went closest in the opening half with Lee Bullock seeing one header blocked on the line and another just clear the crossbar.

But Saunders broke the deadlock after Josh Scott was fouled by Richie Jones.

And the goal spurred on the home side on with Jon Nurse and Brian Woodall both testing keeper John McLaughlin.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Dag & Red

  • 01 Bond Booked
  • 04 Doe
  • 06 Arber
  • 25 Reeves (Woodall - 62' )
  • 41 Spillane
  • 03 McCrory
  • 12 Elito
  • 15 Saunders (Bingham - 72' )
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 09 Nurse
  • 10 Scott Booked

Substitutes

  • 30 Lewington
  • 05 Rose
  • 24 Bingham
  • 37 Green
  • 23 Woodall

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 03 Fry Booked
  • 06 Oliver
  • 24 Kozluk
  • 38 Davies
  • 08 Jones (Wells - 74' )
  • 14 Ravenhill
  • 22 Bullock
  • 32 Reid
  • 11 Smalley (Atkinson - 60' )
  • 39 Fagan (Haworth - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Annerson
  • 16 Mitchell
  • 26 Haworth
  • 30 Atkinson
  • 21 Wells
Ref: Linington
Att: 3,041

Match Stats

Shots

5 5

On target

3 3

Corners

11 6

Fouls

9 20

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:25

Jon Nurse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:58

Short corner worked by Jon Nurse.

90:00 +3:45

Brian Woodall takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

90:00 +3:27

Richard Ravenhill fouled by Josh Scott, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

90:00 +2:01

Foul by Rob Kozluk on Jon Nurse, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Arber.

90:00 +1:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nahki Wells on Mark Arber. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

89:20

Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

89:20 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Josh Scott for unsporting behaviour.

89:02

Josh Scott concedes a free kick for a foul on Rob Kozluk.

88:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Nurse by Andy Haworth. Jon Nurse takes the direct free kick.

87:38

Andrew Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Nurse. Free kick taken by Mark Arber.

84:41

Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

84:41 Substitution

Substitution Andy Haworth is brought on as a substitute for Craig Fagan.

84:41

Richard Ravenhill takes the inswinging corner, Andrew Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Bond.

84:41 Booking

Booking Jonathan Bond is shown a yellow card for dissent.

84:20

The ball is swung over by Kyel Reid, Mark Arber makes a clearance.

83:24

Brian Woodall takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

82:32

Corner taken right-footed by Richard Ravenhill, clearance by Michael Spillane.

81:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Medy Elito, clearance made by Andrew Davies.

80:20

Foul by Brian Woodall on Rob Kozluk, free kick awarded. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

79:22

The ball is crossed by Jon Nurse, clearance made by Andrew Davies.

78:49

Centre by Nahki Wells, save made by Jonathan Bond.

77:05

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line.

75:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Atkinson on Jon Nurse. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Damien McCrory.

74:44

Brian Woodall fouled by Rob Kozluk, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Arber restarts play with the free kick.

73:47

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Billy Bingham gets a block in.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution Nahki Wells comes on in place of Ritchie Jones.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bingham replaces Matthew Saunders.

70:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Saunders - Dag & Red 1 - 0 Bradford Matthew Saunders grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Dag & Red 1-0 Bradford.

69:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Scott by Ritchie Jones.

68:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line, Luke Oliver manages to make a clearance.

64:32

Inswinging corner taken by Kyel Reid from the right by-line, Mark Arber fouled by Luke Oliver, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the direct free kick.

63:18

Josh Scott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Fry. Direct free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

63:06

Craig Fagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Spillane. Mark Arber restarts play with the free kick.

61:05 Substitution

Substitution (Dag & Red) makes a substitution, with Brian Woodall coming on for Ben Reeves.

59:56 Substitution

Substitution Will Atkinson comes on in place of Deane Smalley.

59:14

Andrew Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Scott. Free kick taken by Mark Arber.

59:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Fagan. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

58:43

Kyel Reid produces a cross.

56:40

The ball is swung over by Kyel Reid, Michael Spillane makes a clearance.

54:07

Richard Ravenhill takes a corner.

53:58

Centre by Kyel Reid, blocked by Scott Doe.

51:31

Foul by Lee Bullock on Mark Arber, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

49:21

Josh Scott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Davies. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

48:25

Deane Smalley produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:34

Foul by Jon Nurse on Richard Ravenhill, free kick awarded. Matt Fry restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:53

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid.

45:00 +0:57

Jon Nurse challenges Lee Bullock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Ravenhill takes the free kick. Kyel Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Scott.

43:24

Ritchie Jones fouled by Josh Scott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Davies.

42:30

Kyel Reid sends in a cross.

41:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien McCrory, Mark Arber has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

40:46

Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien McCrory, Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

39:59

The official flags Craig Fagan offside. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

35:05

Kyel Reid crosses the ball, Damien McCrory makes a clearance.

34:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien McCrory from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jon McLaughlin.

32:22

Josh Scott delivers the ball.

30:47

Unfair challenge on Matthew Saunders by Ritchie Jones results in a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.

29:32

Ritchie Jones challenges Matthew Saunders unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

28:55

Medy Elito challenges Matt Fry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

28:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien McCrory, clearance made by Andrew Davies.

27:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Fagan. Michael Spillane takes the indirect free kick.

26:47

Kyel Reid produces a cross, Close range header by Lee Bullock goes over the bar.

22:52

Damien McCrory delivers the ball, clearance made by Luke Oliver.

22:06

Craig Fagan challenges Michael Spillane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

20:16

Matthew Saunders sends in a cross, clearance made by Andrew Davies.

18:42

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line.

17:19

Effort from inside the area by Mark Arber misses to the left of the goal.

16:42

Damien McCrory takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Matt Fry manages to make a clearance.

16:16

Lee Bullock challenges Scott Doe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Doe.

15:44

Scott Doe delivers the ball, clearance by Richard Ravenhill.

15:29

Deane Smalley concedes a free kick for a foul on Abu Ogogo. Mark Arber takes the free kick.

13:53

Foul by Andrew Davies on Jon Nurse, free kick awarded. Michael Spillane takes the direct free kick.

12:46

Scott Doe produces a cross.

10:38

Richard Ravenhill is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Mark Arber.

9:13

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Fagan, Richard Ravenhill takes a shot. Matt Fry gets a block in.

9:01

The ball is swung over by Craig Fagan, Scott Doe makes a clearance.

6:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyel Reid on Scott Doe. Jonathan Bond takes the direct free kick.

4:59

Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

4:59 Booking

Booking Matt Fry goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

4:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Doe by Matt Fry.

2:50

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory, clearance made by Andrew Davies.

1:24

Kyel Reid crosses the ball.

0:00

The match begins.

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