Bradford City fought back to beat lowly Torquay United and keep alive their League Two play-off hopes.

United led after just three minutes when on-loan Notts County midfielder Joss Labadie drilled in from 12 yards.

But Rory McArdle headed in a Gary Jones free-kick to level and City were 2-1 ahead when Garry Thompson netted with a fierce strike from the edge of the box.

James Hanson headed a third past substitute keeper Martin Rice from Thompson's cross after the interval.

The Bantams are two places and five points outside the play-offs but have games in hand on all but one of the teams above them.

The Gulls are in 21st spot, just one point clear of the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

"That's probably as poor as we've played since I've been here - we just looked flat from start to finish. If you don't compete this is what happens.

"We go from a great start to 2-1 down, lose the goalkeeper, and we never really got going all day.

"You can't find any positives from today and I'm disappointed for everybody because we all expected a performance and we didn't get that today. We were beaten by a much better team on the day.

"We're in this position because of performances like this."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Torquay

  • 01 Poke (Rice - 21' )
  • 02 Oastler
  • 05 Saah
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin (Macklin - 73' )
  • 24 Labadie
  • 08 Jarvis Booked (Chapell - 62' )
  • 09 Howe
  • 26 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 20 Craig
  • 25 Chapell
  • 14 Macklin
  • 23 Yeoman

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 04 Ravenhill Booked
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Thompson
  • 18 Jones
  • 09 Hanson
  • 21 Wells (Atkinson - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Duke
  • 16 McHugh
  • 22 Nelson
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 24 Doyle
  • 17 Connell
  • 20 Hines
Ref: Lewis
Att: 2,569

Match Stats

Shots

7 12

On target

3 5

Corners

5 10

Fouls

15 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:35

Ricky Ravenhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

90:00 +1:33

Corner taken short by Garry Thompson.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Lloyd Macklin on James Meredith, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Jones.

90:00

Lee Mansell decides to take the corner short.

89:52

Rene Howe produces a cross, clearance by Andrew Davies.

88:41

Centre by Lloyd Macklin, clearance by Ricky Ravenhill.

88:31

Lee Mansell sends in a cross.

86:11

Angus MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Hanson. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

84:56 Substitution

Substitution Will Atkinson on for Nahki Wells.

84:36

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Macklin.

84:00

Kyel Reid takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Martin Rice.

83:31

Gary Jones crosses the ball, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

82:55

Kyel Reid takes a shot. Save made by Martin Rice.

82:31

Effort from deep inside the area by Thomas Cruise misses to the left of the target.

82:21

Angus MacDonald crosses the ball, James Hanson manages to make a clearance.

81:25

Gary Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon. Thomas Cruise takes the direct free kick.

80:28

Rene Howe produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

79:48

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Mansell from the left by-line, James Meredith manages to make a clearance.

77:33

Corner taken by Thomas Cruise.

75:43

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon McLaughlin. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

74:58

Foul by Joe Oastler on Kyel Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

73:18

Handball decision goes against Elliot Benyon. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bodin goes off and Lloyd Macklin comes on.

72:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory McArdle on Joss Labadie. Free kick taken by Martin Rice.

71:31

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

71:16

The ball is sent over by Kyel Reid, clearance made by Thomas Cruise.

70:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Chapell by Stephen Darby. Thomas Cruise takes the indirect free kick.

70:14

Rene Howe is caught offside. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

69:14

Kyel Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Free kick taken by Martin Rice.

65:53

The ball is sent over by Kyel Reid, clearance made by Angus MacDonald.

64:22

The ball is sent over by Elliot Benyon, save made by Jon McLaughlin.

63:46

The official flags Nahki Wells offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Cruise.

63:24

Centre by Thomas Cruise, clearance by Brian Saah.

62:33

Corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid from the right by-line, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

61:52 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Chapell on for Ryan Jarvis.

59:52

Unfair challenge on James Hanson by Angus MacDonald results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Jones.

59:33

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Jon McLaughlin makes a save.

58:32

The ball is sent over by James Meredith.

57:34

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Davies. Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.

56:54

Kyel Reid fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

56:10

Kyel Reid is adjudged to have handled the ball. Martin Rice takes the free kick.

55:45

Kyel Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

54:54

Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Cruise, James Meredith makes a clearance.

53:29

The ball is swung over by James Meredith, Nahki Wells takes a shot. Martin Rice makes a save.

52:26

Corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, Ryan Jarvis makes a clearance.

49:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Andrew Davies. Thomas Cruise takes the direct free kick.

48:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Davies by Ryan Jarvis.

48:24

Rory McArdle takes the indirect free kick. Foul by James Hanson on Angus MacDonald, free kick awarded. Joe Oastler takes the free kick.

48:24 Booking

Booking Ryan Jarvis receives a yellow card.

47:21

Garry Thompson provided the assist for the goal.

47:21 Goal scored

Goal! - James Hanson - Torquay 1 - 3 Bradford James Hanson finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Torquay 1-3 Bradford.

47:21

Garry Thompson produces a cross,

45:36

The ball is delivered by Kyel Reid, Angus MacDonald fouled by Nahki Wells, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Rice.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:44

Effort from the edge of the area by Billy Bodin goes wide of the right-hand post.

45:00 +1:19

Corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Rene Howe.

45:00 +1:10

The ball is crossed by Kyel Reid, clearance made by Brian Saah.

42:28 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ricky Ravenhill a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

42:04

Ricky Ravenhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Thomas Cruise takes the indirect free kick.

41:19

Andrew Davies fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McArdle takes the indirect free kick.

40:33

Joss Labadie challenges Kyel Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Meredith restarts play with the free kick.

39:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory McArdle on Rene Howe. Lee Mansell takes the direct free kick.

38:13

Corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid to the near post.

37:38

Unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Angus MacDonald results in a free kick. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

36:08

Foul by Joe Oastler on James Meredith, free kick awarded. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

35:16

The ball is swung over by Rene Howe, save by Jon McLaughlin.

34:41

Effort on goal by Gary Jones from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

33:40

Shot from outside the box by Kyel Reid goes wide right of the target.

32:38

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid.

31:24

The ball is crossed by Garry Thompson, clearance by Angus MacDonald.

29:05

Shot from deep inside the area by Brian Saah clears the crossbar.

28:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis by Kyel Reid. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Cruise.

27:47

Gary Jones takes a shot. Save by Joe Oastler.

27:34

The ball is sent over by Nahki Wells, clearance made by Elliot Benyon.

25:18

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kyel Reid, clearance by Angus MacDonald.

24:19

Joss Labadie challenges Stephen Darby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyel Reid.

23:08

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Mansell, Jon McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

19:40

James Meredith challenges Billy Bodin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joss Labadie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jon McLaughlin.

19:40 Substitution

Substitution Michael Poke goes off and Martin Rice comes on.

19:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Oastler by James Hanson. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

17:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Thompson - Torquay 1 - 2 Bradford A goal is scored by Garry Thompson from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 1-2 Bradford.

17:04

Nahki Wells produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

16:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Rory McArdle. Direct free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

15:27

Effort on goal by Nahki Wells from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

14:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Hanson on Angus MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

12:53

Unfair challenge on Joss Labadie by James Hanson results in a free kick. Angus MacDonald takes the indirect free kick.

12:09

Right-footed shot by Garry Thompson went wide left of the goal.

10:46

Corner taken by Kyel Reid played to the near post, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

9:55

James Hanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Angus MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

6:18

Assist by Gary Jones.

6:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Rory McArdle - Torquay 1 - 1 Bradford Rory McArdle finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Torquay 1-1 Bradford.

5:50

Unfair challenge on Kyel Reid by Joe Oastler results in a free kick. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick,

4:47

A cross is delivered by Kyel Reid, Effort on goal by Gary Jones from 20 yards.

2:52

Assist on the goal came from Thomas Cruise.

2:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Joss Labadie - Torquay 1 - 0 Bradford Joss Labadie grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 1-0 Bradford.

0:15

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Davies. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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