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Bradford City 2-3 Stevenage

A stunning brace from Luke Freeman gave relegation-threatened Stevenage a vital win at Bradford.

Bradford started well when Adam Reach volleyed in from 15 yards, but Francois Zoko levelled from inside the box with his 17th goal of the season.

The Bantams regained the lead when Hanson fired into the top corner, but Freeman struck from 25 yards to level.

Freeman then made it 3-2 after Jimmy Smith tapped a free-kick to him on the edge of the box.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"It was certainly a big performance in the second half. We knew that we probably hadn't got what we deserved out of the first half.

"We really did make our mind up that we were going to be the side that came away with the points today.

On Luke Freeman: "The football club's going to be delighted because I think he's put about £5 million on his transfer fee hasn't he?

"I'm not really worried about the table. I'm worried about winning games."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1McLaughlanBooked at 4mins
  • 2Darby
  • 16McHughBooked at 86mins
  • 18Jones
  • 5DaviesSubstituted forBatesat 36'minutes
  • 23McArdle
  • 11ThompsonSubstituted forYeatesat 80'minutes
  • 24Doyle
  • 21McLeanSubstituted forGrayat 80'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 28Reach

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 10Gray
  • 12Jameson
  • 14Yeates
  • 22Bates
  • 29Atkinson
  • 32Bennett

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 29HartleyBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDeaconat 45'minutesSubstituted forMousinhoat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 4Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 15Freeman
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forWedgburyat 90'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 8Mousinho
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 34Deacon
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
13,033

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 2, Stevenage 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Stevenage 3.
Foul by Adam Reach (Bradford City).
Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.
Attempt blocked. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Hand ball by John Mousinho (Stevenage).
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. John Mousinho replaces Roarie Deacon.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.
Attempt missed. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).
Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Stevenage 3. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Smith following a set piece situation.

Booking

Carl McHugh (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Carl McHugh (Bradford City).
Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Andy Gray (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).
Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Gray replaces Aaron McLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Yeates replaces Garry Thompson.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Chris Day.
Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Bira Dembele.
Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Stevenage 2. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.
Hand ball by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).
Attempt missed. Bira Dembele (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Gary Jones.
Bira Dembele (Stevenage) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Darby.
Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Hand ball by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).
Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).
Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).
Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bradford City 2, Stevenage 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Peter Hartley.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bradford City 2, Stevenage 1.
Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Stevenage 1. James Hanson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.
Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).
Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

Booking

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.
Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Matthew Bates replaces Andrew Davies because of an injury.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3221743770
2Leyton Orient3421763570
3Brentford3220752367
4Preston34171341464
5Rotherham33171062161
6Peterborough3216412952
7Swindon3413813647
8Walsall33121110547
9MK Dons3413714246
10Port Vale3313416-843
11Bradford3391410441
12Sheff Utd3211813-441
13Crawley289118-338
14Oldham3410816-938
15Gillingham3411518-1438
16Coventry3113810337
17Carlisle3310716-1737
18Tranmere339915-1736
19Colchester3181112-435
20Bristol City3471413-735
21Crewe349817-2535
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Stevenage329419-2031
24Notts County349322-1930
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