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Bradford City 2-1 Blackpool

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.

Line-ups

Bradford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Doyle
  • 3ChicksenSubstituted forDiengat 23'minutes
  • 22Knight-PercivalBooked at 34mins
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 29McMahon
  • 7Law
  • 6Vincelot
  • 4Reeves
  • 34Patrick
  • 14McCartanSubstituted forPoleonat 79'minutes
  • 19JonesSubstituted forDevineat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dieng
  • 11Poleon
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 17Gilliead
  • 20Pybus
  • 24Devine
  • 32Hudson

Blackpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Allsop
  • 5Robertson
  • 16TiltBooked at 82mins
  • 6Aimson
  • 20Turton
  • 23DanielBooked at 40mins
  • 14Ryan
  • 24CookeSubstituted forGnanduilletat 83'minutes
  • 7VassellSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 70'minutes
  • 9CullenSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 69'minutes
  • 30Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 1Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 10Clayton
  • 11Gnanduillet
  • 15S Longstaff
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 21Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,804

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 2, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Blackpool 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Devine (Bradford City).

  4. Post update

    Will Aimson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Will Aimson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Romain Vincelot.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bright Samuel (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Poleon (Bradford City).

  13. Post update

    Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Callum Cooke.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Booking

    Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Tilt (Blackpool).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omari Patrick (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11002023
2Oxford Utd11002023
3Portsmouth11002023
4Bradford11002113
5Peterborough11002113
6Southend11002113
7Bury11001013
8Charlton11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Wimbledon10101101
12Scunthorpe10101101
13Doncaster10100001
14Gillingham10100001
15Blackburn100112-10
16Blackpool100112-10
17Plymouth100112-10
18Bristol Rovers100101-10
19MK Dons100101-10
20Northampton100101-10
21Walsall100101-10
22Oldham100102-20
23Rochdale100102-20
24Rotherham100102-20
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