Match ends, Bradford City 2, Blackpool 1.
Omari Patrick marked his Bradford debut in style by scoring the winner as Bradford clinched a hard-fought 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Blackpool.
However, the match was partly overshadowed after the Bantams debutant left-back Adam Chicksen was knocked unconscious after a sickening clash of heads with Blackpool defender Oliver Turton.
The match was held up for 12 minutes while the former Charlton player received on the field treatment before being carried off on a stretcher. He regained consciousness and was taken to hospital.
Bradford took the lead in the 41st minute when Nicky Law's free-kick on the left was flicked into the path of Nathaniel Knight-Percival by substitute Tim Dieng and the defender stabbed the ball into the net at the far post.
It was Knight-Percival's first goal for the club since he joined from Shrewsbury in the 2016 close season on his 49th appearance.
However, enterprising Blackpool were rewarded with an equaliser two minutes later when the Bradford defence failed to cut out a through-ball from Mark Cullen for the unmarked Colin Daniel to score.
Bradford put the visitors' defence under pressure at the start of the second half and Patrick came up with the winner in the 58th minute.
The 21-year-old, released by Barnsley at the end of last season, took a neat pass from another debutant Jake Reeves to score with a first-time right-foot shot just inside the upright.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 3ChicksenSubstituted forDiengat 23'minutes
- 22Knight-PercivalBooked at 34mins
- 14McCartanSubstituted forPoleonat 79'minutes
- 19JonesSubstituted forDevineat 80'minutes
- 16TiltBooked at 82mins
- 23DanielBooked at 40mins
- 24CookeSubstituted forGnanduilletat 83'minutes
- 7VassellSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 70'minutes
- 9CullenSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 69'minutes
- 15S Longstaff
- Roger East
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Blackpool 1.
Foul by Daniel Devine (Bradford City).
Will Aimson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Will Aimson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Romain Vincelot.
Attempt blocked. Bright Samuel (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Dominic Poleon (Bradford City).
Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Blackpool. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Callum Cooke.
Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.
Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Tilt (Blackpool).
Attempt saved. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.