Striker Nahki Wells equalled a Bradford record by scoring in his eighth consecutive game as his double helped the Bantams beat Sheffield United.

Wells put the hosts in front moments before the break with a well-struck shot that had too much power for Blades goalkeeper George Long.

Sub Ryan Flynn almost equalised for the visitors when his deflected shot was saved by Jon McLaughlin.

A 'Nahk' for scoring

Bermudan striker Wells last drew a blank in Bradford's 1-0 win over Burton on 20 April.

Wells sealed the points with a late goal from close range.

It had been thought that the Bermudan striker had broken a record jointly held by David Layne, John McCole and Jack Deakin but the record books show that Derek Stokes scored a remarkable 14 goals in eight successive games between Boxing Day 1959 and 6 February, 1960.

Victory for Phil Parkinson's Bradford moved them back into the top six at this early stage of the season.

The Blades, who had much of the play in the second half but lacked a cutting edge, have now failed to win any of their last four fixtures in all competitions and slipped down to 16th in the table.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United boss David Weir told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a very, very tight game. We had a few chances early in the game in the first half and didn't take them.

"They got their goal and made it difficult for us to get back into it because they could sit back a bit and defend what they had.

"The difference probably was a bit of quality at the top end of the pitch.

"I thought it was a good, competitive game and it was always on a knife edge."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 11 Thompson (De Vita - 77' )
  • 14 Yeates (Reid - 65' )
  • 18 Jones
  • 24 Doyle (Ravenhill - 89' Booked )
  • 09 Hanson
  • 21 Wells

Substitutes

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

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 20 McGinty (Porter - 82' )
  • 29 McMahon
  • 08 Doyle
  • 17 Coady
  • 19 Brandy (Ironside - 49' )
  • 23 Murphy
  • 26 McFadzean (Flynn - 46' )
  • 10 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 02 Westlake
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn
  • 07 Flynn
  • 09 Porter
  • 24 Ironside
Ref: Foy
Att: 18,041

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

6 5

Corners

7 7

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:45 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:26

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

90:00 +2:59

Nahki Wells takes a shot.

90:00 +2:35

Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyel Reid.

90:00 +1:55

Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:42

Ricky Ravenhill booked for dissent.

90:00 +1:42 Booking

Booking

90:00 +1:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on James Hanson.

88:09 Substitution

Substitution Ricky Ravenhill on for Nathan Doyle.

86:09

Raffaele De Vita takes a shot. George Long parries the ball away.

86:26

James Hanson provided the assist for the goal.

86:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 2 - 0 Sheff Utd Nahki Wells grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Bradford 2-0 Sheff Utd.

85:28

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

85:19

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.

84:28

Clearance made by Stephen Darby.

84:23

Chris Porter sends in a cross.

83:15

Jamie Murphy takes a weak shot and missed to the left of the net.

81:59 Substitution

Substitution Sean McGinty goes off and Chris Porter comes on.

81:35

Kyel Reid crosses the ball in from the free kick.

81:18 Booking

Booking

81:18

Harry Maguire booked.

81:13

Foul by Harry Maguire on Nahki Wells, free kick awarded.

80:39

Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

80:15

The offside flag is raised against Lyle Taylor.

78:08

Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

78:01

Unfair challenge on Lyle Taylor by Nathan Doyle results in a free kick.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Raffaele De Vita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Garry Thompson.

75:55

Andrew Davies manages to make a clearance.

75:49

Free kick crossed by Tony McMahon.

75:40

Garry Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn.

74:20

Header at goal by Harry Maguire misses left of the target.

74:12

Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

73:46

Foul by Garry Thompson on Ryan Flynn, free kick awarded.

73:28

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.

71:50

Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

71:46

Foul by James Hanson on Neill Collins, free kick awarded.

71:10

Shot by Joe Ironside went over the bar.

69:47

Clearance made by Neill Collins.

69:41

Corner taken by Kyel Reid.

68:16

A cross is delivered by Sean McGinty.

64:48

Header at goal by Sean McGinty misses to the right.

64:41

Corner taken by Tony McMahon.

64:20 Substitution

Substitution Kyel Reid on for Mark Yeates.

63:50

Shot by Ryan Flynn. Jon McLaughlin turns it away with a finger tip save.

62:54

Clearance made by James Hanson.

62:47

Corner taken by Tony McMahon.

62:25

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon.

61:38

James Meredith crosses the ball.

59:00

Jamie Murphy makes a clearance.

58:47

Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates.

58:28

Conor Coady concedes a free kick for a foul on Nahki Wells.

57:41

Clearance made by Andrew Davies.

57:30

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the right by-line.

56:53

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.

55:18

Centre by Garry Thompson.

54:52

Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

54:22

Joe Ironside fouled by Andrew Davies, the ref awards a free kick.

50:00

Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

49:45

Andrew Davies fouled by Joe Ironside, the ref awards a free kick.

49:04

Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

48:50 Substitution

Substitution Joe Ironside joins the action as a substitute, replacing Febian Brandy.

48:30

Foul by Lyle Taylor on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded.

46:57

The ball is delivered by Mark Yeates.

45:48

Clearance made by Harry Maguire.

45:43

Mark Yeates restarts play with the free kick.

45:22

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

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Flynn on for Callum McFadzean.

45:00 +1:50 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:16

James Hanson provided the assist for the goal.

44:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Nahki Wells scores with their right foot. Bradford 1-0 Sheff Utd.

43:06

Shot by Mark Yeates. George Long parries the effort to safety.

43:03

Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

42:19

Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle.

39:42

Mark Yeates takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

39:11

Callum McFadzean crosses the ball.

38:51

Nahki Wells takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by George Long prevents the goal.

38:09

Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal. Jon McLaughlin safely holds on.

35:15

Stephen Darby concedes a free kick for a foul on Febian Brandy.

31:42

Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

31:22

Corner taken by Mark Yeates.

29:26

Free kick taken by George Long.

29:18

Nahki Wells concedes a free kick for a foul on Neill Collins.

26:17

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Jon McLaughlin parries the ball but the danger is not over.

22:57

Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

22:50

The referee blows for offside against Mark Yeates.

22:00

Corner taken by Tony McMahon.

20:29

Michael Doyle manages to make a clearance.

20:20

Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

20:02

Foul by Harry Maguire on James Hanson, free kick awarded.

18:57

Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

18:27

Nahki Wells fouled by Neill Collins, the ref awards a free kick.

18:00

Free kick taken by George Long.

17:49

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by James Hanson results in a free kick.

17:19

Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

17:14

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

16:44

Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

16:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Doyle on Nahki Wells.

14:14

Clearance made by Sean McGinty.

14:09

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

13:43

Shot by Nahki Wells. George Long parries the effort to safety.

12:06

Nathan Doyle has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

11:24

George Long takes the free kick.

11:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Davies on Tony McMahon.

10:55

Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

9:57

Shot by Tony McMahon. Jon McLaughlin safely holds on.

9:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum McFadzean by Andrew Davies.

8:17

The ball is sent over by Lyle Taylor.

5:50

George Long takes the free kick.

5:44

Mark Yeates is penalised for a handball.

5:00

Neill Collins makes a clearance.

4:51

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

4:02

Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

3:53

Febian Brandy concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Jones.

2:57

Shot by Nahki Wells went wide left of the target.

1:56

Jamie Murphy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Jon McLaughlin prevents the goal.

1:34

Clearance by Neill Collins.

1:26

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

0:40

Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

0:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lyle Taylor.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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