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Fleetwood Town 2-1 Bradford City

Former Bradford striker Devante Cole kick-started an unlikely comeback as the Bantams were beaten by promotion-chasing Fleetwood.

Bradford bossed an entertaining first half in which they squandered two good chances to grab the lead.

The first came on the quarter hour after Josh Cullen tumbled under pressure from Ben Davies.

Rory McArdle rose well at the back post to meet Nicky Law's curling free-kick, the Bradford wide man unable to direct his header under the bar.

The visitors went closer still when Romaine Vincelot picked the pocket of Kyle Dempsey, James Meredith charging away on the overlap.

Charlie Wyke was unmarked on the end of Meredith's driven cross but blasted spectacularly over the woodwork from close range.

Fleetwood were on the wrong end of a battering from the Bantams and finally cracked two minutes before the break.

Jordy Hiwula played a neat one-two with Wyke running beyond the last man and firing low past goalkeeper Alex Cairns.

After the break Bradford lacked the intensity of their first-half display but were still capable of causing the hosts problems.

Hiwula almost set up a second when he cut in from the left, Fleetwood clawing his shot away but only as far as Alex Gillead whose close-range effort was somehow turned over the bar by Cairns.

The hosts had made a double change, throwing caution to the wind in search of a leveller. The change brought the desired result with Ash Hunter pivotal in an unlikely equaliser.

He raced onto a hopeful through ball, driving a low ball across the six-yard box where former Bradford man Cole was waiting to pounce.

And the comeback was complete when Conor McLaughlin, who moments before had stung the palms of Bradford stopper Colin Doyle, ghosted onto a short corner, driving a devil of a ball across the six-yard box as McArdle turned the ball into his own net at the near post.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34Dempsey
  • 38SchwablSubstituted forEkpoloat 76'minutes
  • 4BrannaganSubstituted forGrantat 60'minutes
  • 3BellSubstituted forHunterat 60'minutes
  • 44Cole
  • 10Ball

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 11Grant
  • 14Davis
  • 15Nirennold
  • 18Glendon
  • 22Hunter
  • 35Ekpolo

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3Meredith
  • 14CullenSubstituted forClarkeat 83'minutes
  • 6VincelotBooked at 76mins
  • 4Law
  • 18Gilliead
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forMarshallat 77'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 5Toner
  • 7Marshall
  • 8Dieng
  • 10Clarke
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 24Devine
  • 29McMahon
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
3,418

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bradford City 1.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Meredith (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Mark Marshall (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Devante Cole.

Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Josh Cullen.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Bradford City 1. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Dempsey.

Attempt saved. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

Foul by James Meredith (Bradford City).

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt saved. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Marshall replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Elohor Godswill Ekpolo replaces Markus Schwabl.

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Markus Schwabl.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Bradford City 1. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Bradford City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd32197658342464
2Scunthorpe31178657322559
3Bolton30176742231957
4Fleetwood321510746321455
5Bradford321215540291151
6Millwall3114894740750
7Southend31131084537849
8Peterborough31138104539647
9Rochdale30145114137447
10Bristol Rovers32129114951-245
11Oxford Utd30127113733443
12Walsall32101393943-443
13Charlton3091473730741
14MK Dons31109124039139
15Wimbledon3091294039139
16Northampton32116154852-439
17Gillingham31811123948-935
18Shrewsbury3298153244-1235
19Oldham32810142133-1234
20Port Vale3089133248-1633
21Bury3287174860-1231
22Swindon3278172947-1829
23Chesterfield3176183050-2027
24Coventry31410172648-2222
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