Bradford thrashed Bristol Rovers and regained their place in the play-offs.

Nahki Wells headed the hosts ahead after five minutes and then converted a penalty, awarded after Fabian Broghammer felled Ricky Ravenhill.

Andrew Davies nodded in to an empty net to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Tom Hitchcock's shot went in off the post to earn Rovers a consolation, before Garry Thompson met Wells' through pass to restore Bradford's three-goal advantage.

The result means the Bantams leapfrog Exeter in to seventh place in the standings, while John Ward's Rovers, who were bottom of the league in January, remain 11th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The best team has won the game. They were stronger and quicker, particularly in the first period.

"We're disappointed because we made errors but we've been pressed into those errors.

"There were individual mistakes but to be fair to the boys they've put their hands up.

"I have no grumbles about the way my boys went about it and hopefully the young ones will learn from it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 04 Ravenhill
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Thompson (Atkinson - 76' )
  • 18 Jones (Doyle - 72' )
  • 09 Hanson
  • 21 Wells (Connell - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Duke
  • 16 McHugh
  • 22 Nelson
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 24 Doyle
  • 17 Connell
  • 20 Hines

Bristol Rovers

  • 13 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith Booked
  • 04 Woodards (Clarke - 15' )
  • 11 Broghammer
  • 14 Brown
  • 21 McDonald
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 15 Norburn Booked
  • 16 Anyinsah (Richard - 71' )
  • 26 Brunt
  • 27 Hitchcock Booked

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 03 Paterson
  • 24 Clarke
  • 10 Richard
  • 18 Harding
Ref: Harrington
Att: 10,621

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

8 3

Corners

8 0

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:45

The referee blows for offside against Alan Connell. Steve Mildenhall takes the indirect free kick.

89:52

Tom Hitchcock challenges Ricky Ravenhill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

87:33

Free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.

87:33 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Smith.

87:21

Michael Smith challenges Kyel Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:09

Kyel Reid takes a shot. Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

85:45

Ricky Ravenhill takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall.

84:37

James Hanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Mildenhall. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

84:01

Kyel Reid takes the inswinging corner, save by Steve Mildenhall.

83:02

Foul by Ricky Ravenhill on Ryan Brunt, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Eliot Richards from the free kick.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell on for Nahki Wells.

75:37 Substitution

Substitution Will Atkinson replaces Garry Thompson.

74:24

Shot by Ryan Brunt from a long way out goes over the target.

71:31

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

71:31 Substitution

Substitution (Bradford) makes a substitution, with Nathan Doyle coming on for Gary Jones.

71:31

Lee Brown fouled by James Hanson, the ref awards a free kick.

70:19 Substitution

Substitution Eliot Richards comes on in place of Joe Anyinsah.

69:01

Tom Hitchcock fouled by Stephen Darby, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.

68:36

Corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid from the right by-line, clearance by Mark McChrystal.

67:26

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall. Kyel Reid takes the inswinging corner, save by Steve Mildenhall.

65:10

Kyel Reid takes the direct free kick.

65:10 Booking

Booking Booking for Tom Hitchcock for dissent.

65:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark McChrystal on James Hanson.

61:49

Effort from 12 yards by Kyel Reid. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.

60:59

Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

60:59 Booking

Booking Oliver Norburn receives a caution.

60:39

Foul by Oliver Norburn on James Meredith, free kick awarded.

58:09

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

57:06

Stephen Darby challenges Fabian Broghammer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Oliver Norburn restarts play with the free kick.

56:09

Nahki Wells provided the assist for the goal.

56:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Thompson - Bradford 4 - 1 Bristol R Garry Thompson gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 4-1 Bristol Rovers.

53:26

Ryan Brunt fouled by Ricky Ravenhill, the ref awards a free kick. Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.

51:03

Corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Smith.

49:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Hitchcock - Bradford 3 - 1 Bristol R Goal scored by Tom Hitchcock from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 3-1 Bristol Rovers.

49:03

Ryan Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon McLaughlin. Direct free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

48:03

Foul by Ricky Ravenhill on Tom Hitchcock, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Oliver Norburn, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +5:45 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +4:35

Assist by Gary Jones.

45:00 +4:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Davies - Bradford 3 - 0 Bristol R Andrew Davies scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Bradford 3-0 Bristol Rovers.

45:00 +2:25

Michael Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyel Reid.

45:00 +0:49

Shot by Ryan Brunt from outside the box goes over the net.

45:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton McDonald by James Hanson. Clayton McDonald takes the direct free kick.

41:25

Kyel Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Clayton McDonald. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

38:23

Gary Jones has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

33:36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.

31:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nahki Wells. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

30:48

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

27:36

Fabian Broghammer sends in a cross, Tom Hitchcock takes a shot. Save made by Jon McLaughlin.

26:04

The referee gives a free kick against Tom Hitchcock for handball. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

22:36

Kyel Reid fouled by Michael Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Jones.

21:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 2 - 0 Bristol R Penalty taken right-footed by Nahki Wells and scored. Bradford 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

20:33

Penalty awarded for a foul by Fabian Broghammer on Ricky Ravenhill.

19:56

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall. Inswinging corner taken by Kyel Reid from the right by-line played to the near post.

17:33

Nahki Wells challenges Mark McChrystal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Brown.

16:57

Ollie Clarke takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

14:42 Substitution

Substitution Ollie Clarke on for Danny Woodards.

10:16

Garry Thompson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

8:54

Foul by Stephen Darby on Ryan Brunt, free kick awarded. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

8:16

Effort from outside the penalty box by Tom Hitchcock goes wide left of the target.

5:08

Garry Thompson provided the assist for the goal.

5:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 1 - 0 Bristol R Nahki Wells finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Bradford 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

2:34

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones to the near post, Joe Anyinsah manages to make a clearance.

0:15

Nahki Wells takes a shot.

0:00

The match begins.

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