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Brentford 2-0 Bradford City

Clayton Donaldson struck his 15th goal of the season to help Brentford ease to victory over Bradford City.

Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in a drab first period which saw the Bees dominate for large parts.

The breakthrough came when Donaldson's left-footed strike from just outside the box found the bottom corner.

Donaldson should have made it two but fired over from five-yards before the points were secured through George Saville's effort that found the corner.

Brentford, who have now lost just one of their last 22 games climb to within a point of second-placed Leyton Orient while Bradford who have won just twice since 23 November remain in mid-table.

The Bees started strongly playing some excellent football with Will Grigg at the centre of much of the good work.

Despite enjoying more than their fair share of possession, Brentford failed to make any clear cut chances and instead it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half but Chris Atkinson fired over when well placed.

After the break the hosts upped the tempo and both Grigg and Donaldson put wide when they should have done better.

But Donaldson's excellent strike settled the nerves and gave the Bees a much need lift.

Donaldson somehow ballooned over shortly after before Jonathan Douglas hit the bar but Saville's poke into the bottom corner made the points safe.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forReevesat 63'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 17Saville
  • 8Douglas
  • 11GriggSubstituted forTrottaat 66'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forDallasat 87'minutes
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 15Dallas
  • 19Fillo
  • 22Reeves
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Trotta

Bradford

  • 1McLaughlan
  • 2Darby
  • 16McHughSubstituted forDruryat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18JonesBooked at 75mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Bates
  • 32Bennett
  • 24Doyle
  • 21McLeanSubstituted forThompsonat 84'minutes
  • 29AtkinsonSubstituted forGrayat 72'minutes
  • 28Reach

Substitutes

  • 6Drury
  • 10Gray
  • 11Thompson
  • 12Jameson
  • 14Yeates
  • 27McBurnie
  • 35Stockdill
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
8,063

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.
Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Adam Drury (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.
Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Drury (Bradford City).
Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Clayton Donaldson.
Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Garry Thompson replaces Aaron McLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Adam Drury replaces Carl McHugh.
Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Alan McCormack.
Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Bradford City 0. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Andy Gray (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).
Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Gray replaces Chris Atkinson.
Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthew Bates (Bradford City).
Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).
Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces William Grigg.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).
Adam Reach (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.
Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Bradford City 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Darby.
Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).
Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
William Grigg (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).
Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).
Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).
Attempt missed. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Darby.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Bradford City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brentford 0, Bradford City 0.
George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carl McHugh (Bradford City).
Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).
Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Bates.
Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3322744073
2Leyton Orient3521863571
3Brentford3321752570
4Preston35181341667
5Rotherham34171162162
6Peterborough3417413955
7MK Dons3514714349
8Swindon3513814547
9Walsall35121112147
10Port Vale3414416-746
11Sheff Utd3312813-244
12Coventry3414911341
13Bradford3491411241
14Gillingham3512518-1341
15Colchester3391212-339
16Crawley309129-439
17Bristol City3581413-638
18Oldham3510817-1138
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Tranmere349916-1936
21Stevenage3410519-1835
22Crewe359818-2735
23Shrewsbury3471116-1332
24Notts County359422-1931
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