Nahki Wells-inspired Bradford scored three goals in nine first-half minutes on their way to thrashing Carlisle.‪

Mark Yeates opened the scoring when he cut in from the left and fired into the top corner for his first Bantams goal.

By the 29th minute it was 3-0, Wells seized on a weak defensive header from Paul Thirwell to score for the third successive game before strike partner James Hanson stroked in from 18 yards.

Gary Jones made it a rout after the break, tapping home a Wells cross.

After Wells was twice denied by Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie, Yeates unleashed a vicious strike from just outside the box for his first goal since joining the Bantams in the summer.

Wells then squeezed home from a tight angle after intercepting a Thirwell header meant for Gillespie. Hanson made the game safe when centre-back Danny Livesey slipped, allowing the striker to run clear and finish.

Having squandered several more chances, Wells turned provider, breaking clear down the right before giving Jones an easy finish.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"Man for man they were tougher, more experienced, had more nous about the game and in the end made us look a really ragged side.

"Too many of our senior players, Berrett and Noble, they've let themselves down today. We've all let the club down today because it isn't good enough from top to bottom. There was a lot of words said at half-time that had never been used before, in terms of fingers pointed at individuals.

"It's going to be the toughest season I've had by miles because of the thinness of the squad but we need no injuries and we need senior players playing."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 11 Thompson (De Vita - 65' )
  • 14 Yeates (Reid - 70' )
  • 18 Jones
  • 24 Doyle
  • 09 Hanson
  • 21 Wells (Connell - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ripley
  • 15 Taylor
  • 16 McHugh
  • 04 Ravenhill
  • 07 Reid
  • 17 Connell
  • 20 De Vita

Carlisle United

  • 01 Gillespie
  • 05 Livesey
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 16 Potts
  • 27 Brough (Black - 70' )
  • 07 Amoo
  • 08 Noble (Lynch - 60' )
  • 14 Gillies (Feely - 36' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 17 Beck
  • 29 Guy

Substitutes

  • 20 Fleming
  • 02 Feely
  • 06 Black
  • 15 Edwards
  • 19 Symington
  • 26 Lynch
  • 24 Salmon
Ref: Langford
Att: 13,641

Match Stats

Shots

25 5

On target

15 1

Corners

8 2

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:50

Jack Lynch takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

90:00 +2:47

Centre by Paul Black.

90:00 +2:17

Shot by Gary Jones. Mark Gillespie safely holds on.

90:00 +1:15

James Berrett has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which goes over the bar.

90:00 +1:01

James Berrett takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:57

Unfair challenge on David Amoo by Stephen Darby results in a free kick.

89:08

Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

89:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Connell on Mark Beck.

86:42

Kyel Reid produces a cross.

85:53

Header by Gary Jones goes to the left of the goal.

85:01

Clearance by Rory McArdle.

84:19

Danny Livesey manages to make a clearance.

83:56

Kyel Reid takes the free kick.

83:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Guy on James Meredith.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell replaces Nahki Wells.

81:44

The ball is sent over by Gary Jones.

81:34

Corner taken by Kyel Reid.

81:07

Kyel Reid sends in a cross.

79:21

Raffaele De Vita has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

79:02

Stephen Darby delivers the ball.

78:48

Corner taken by Kyel Reid from the left by-line.

78:23

Shot by James Meredith. Mark Gillespie parries the ball but the danger is not over.

78:12

The ball is crossed by James Meredith.

74:44

David Amoo delivers the ball.

72:16

Free kick taken by Brad Potts.

72:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Hanson on Danny Livesey.

71:21

Strike on goal comes in from Kevin Feely from the free kick and goes right of the post.

71:08

James Berrett crosses the ball in from the free kick.

70:44

Foul by Rory McArdle on David Amoo, free kick awarded.

69:46 Substitution

Substitution Paul Black on for Patrick Brough.

69:33 Substitution

Substitution Kyel Reid is brought on as a substitute for Mark Yeates.

68:47

Clearance made by Mark Gillespie.

67:48

Mark Yeates delivers the ball.

67:42

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

67:35

James Berrett takes a shot.

66:15

Nahki Wells provided the assist for the goal.

66:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Jones - Bradford 4 - 0 Carlisle Gary Jones scores with their right foot. Bradford 4-0 Carlisle.

64:41 Substitution

Substitution Raffaele De Vita replaces Garry Thompson.

62:27

Shot by Mark Yeates. Mark Gillespie blocks the ball.

60:03

Garry Thompson takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

60:00

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Yeates.

59:40

Shot by Nahki Wells. Mark Gillespie fumbles the ball.

59:21

James Hanson manages to make a clearance.

59:16

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Berrett.

59:01 Substitution

Substitution Liam Noble goes off and Jack Lynch comes on.

58:50

Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.

58:42

James Berrett produces a cross.

58:28

James Hanson makes a clearance.

58:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett.

55:45

Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

55:40

James Hanson challenges Danny Livesey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

55:26

Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

55:10

The offside flag is raised against Lewis Guy.

54:46

Paul Thirlwell makes a clearance.

54:28

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Parried by Mark Gillespie back into danger.

54:01

Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

53:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Amoo on Nathan Doyle.

52:50

Header by James Hanson goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:42

James Meredith produces a cross.

51:54

Shot by Nathan Doyle. Blocked by Liam Noble.

51:49

Clearance by David Amoo.

51:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Yeates.

51:05

Garry Thompson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

50:51

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Danny Livesey gets a block in.

50:38

Nahki Wells has an effort at goal. Parried by Mark Gillespie back into danger.

48:54

Andrew Davies manages to make a clearance.

48:45

Free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

48:40

Foul by James Hanson on Danny Livesey, free kick awarded.

47:40

Brad Potts takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

47:26

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

47:06

James Berrett takes the free kick.

47:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Guy by Andrew Davies.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +4:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:59

Mark Gillespie makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:11

The ball is sent over by David Amoo.

44:08

Liam Noble restarts play with the free kick.

44:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Jones on Lewis Guy.

43:41

Brad Potts sends in a cross.

43:04

Header at goal by James Hanson misses to the right.

39:36

Garry Thompson takes a weak shot. Fine finger tip save by Mark Gillespie.

38:43

Gary Jones has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

36:54

Brad Potts takes the free kick.

36:48

James Hanson challenges Brad Potts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:18

Garry Thompson sends in a cross.

35:10 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Feely on for Josh Gillies.

34:32

Clearance made by James Meredith.

33:28

Josh Gillies restarts play with the free kick.

33:14

James Berrett fouled by Mark Yeates, the ref awards a free kick.

32:34

Free kick crossed by Rory McArdle.

32:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Beck on Nathan Doyle.

31:48

Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

31:44

The referee blows for offside against Lewis Guy.

30:59

Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

30:52

James Berrett concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Jones.

28:25 Goal scored

Goal! - James Hanson - Bradford 3 - 0 Carlisle James Hanson scores with a right foot finish. Bradford 3-0 Carlisle.

27:55

Liam Noble manages to make a clearance.

27:36

Mark Yeates crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:29

Unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle by Liam Noble results in a free kick.

24:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 2 - 0 Carlisle Nahki Wells slots the ball right footed into the goal. Bradford 2-0 Carlisle.

23:14

Nahki Wells sends in a cross.

22:11

Garry Thompson sends in a cross.

21:24

James Meredith challenges James Berrett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:57

Clearance by David Amoo.

20:48

Corner taken by Mark Yeates.

19:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Yeates - Bradford 1 - 0 Carlisle Mark Yeates scores with a right foot finish. Bradford 1-0 Carlisle.

18:45

Free kick taken by Paul Thirlwell.

18:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nahki Wells.

17:57

Mark Yeates takes a brilliant shot. Mark Gillespie safely holds on.

17:52

Corner taken by Mark Yeates.

17:28

Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line.

17:06

Clearance by Rory McArdle.

17:03

Mark Beck crosses the ball in from the free kick.

15:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Gillespie by James Hanson.

15:48

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Yeates.

14:24

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

14:07

Josh Gillies sends in a cross.

12:53

Jon McLaughlin makes a clearance.

10:12

Clearance by Mark Gillespie.

9:56

Shot by Nahki Wells. Mark Gillespie safely holds on.

9:34

The ball is crossed by Rory McArdle.

9:21

Paul Thirlwell manages to make a clearance.

8:48

Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

8:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McArdle by Mark Beck.

7:59

James Hanson takes a fantastic shot. Mark Gillespie safely holds on.

7:49

Clearance made by Rory McArdle.

7:45

Centre by Josh Gillies.

7:09

Nahki Wells takes a weak shot. Mark Gillespie blocks the ball.

6:47

Jon McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

2:46

Shot by Garry Thompson missed to the left of goal.

2:17

Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

2:09

Unfair challenge on Liam Noble by Gary Jones results in a free kick.

1:39

Clearance by Danny Livesey.

1:36

Garry Thompson crosses the ball.

1:32

Clearance made by Paul Thirlwell.

1:28

Mark Yeates sends in a cross.

1:22

Clearance made by Paul Thirlwell.

1:20

James Hanson crosses the ball.

1:07

Clearance by Rory McArdle.

1:04

David Amoo delivers the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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