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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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham331710664432161
6Peterborough32164125142952
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall331211103833547
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Port Vale33134164452-843
11Bradford33914104541441
12Sheff Utd32118133438-441
13Crawley2891183336-338
14Oldham34108163948-938
15Gillingham34115184357-1438
16Coventry31138105956337
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Tranmere3399154057-1736
19Colchester31811123741-435
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Stevenage3294193252-2031
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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