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Gillingham 0-1 Bradford City

Dominic Poleon's first-half goal allowed Bradford to make it two wins from two in the new League One season as they ground out a narrow victory at Gillingham.

The hosts had striker Conor Wilkinson sent off for good measure as their search for a goal in the campaign goes on, while Poleon will be relieved his glaring miss just before half-time did not prove costly.

Bradford broke through when Alex Jones got to the byline and cut the ball back, with Poleon passing his shot first time into the bottom corner.

Having struggled to create openings, Gillingham finally threatened when Josh Parker forced Colin Doyle into a smart save from a tight angle on the left.

Poleon then somehow missed an open goal after dispossessing Max Ehmer and rounding Tomas Holy while at the other end Parker was just as wasteful, as he stabbed wide from Luke O'Neill's cross.

The Gills' cause was not helped by Wilkinson's dismissal with 15 minutes left for a poor challenge on Timothee Dieng and substitute Liam Nash headed their last chance over.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Holy
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Zakuani
  • 4LaceyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forEavesat 63'minutes
  • 2O'Neill
  • 33ByrneBooked at 55minsSubstituted forNashat 89'minutes
  • 11Martin
  • 44Wright
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 14ParkerSubstituted forWagstaffat 89'minutes
  • 10WilkinsonBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 7Wagstaff
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Eaves
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Cundle
  • 27Nash
  • 30Hadler

Bradford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahonBooked at 62mins
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 15FieldBooked at 72mins
  • 7Law
  • 8Dieng
  • 4ReevesBooked at 22mins
  • 19JonesSubstituted forGillieadat 58'minutes
  • 34PatrickBooked at 29minsSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 11Poleon

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 14McCartan
  • 17Gilliead
  • 20Pybus
  • 24Devine
  • 35Robinson
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
5,267

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 0, Bradford City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Bradford City 1.

  3. Post update

    Liam Nash (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Nash (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Liam Nash (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

  12. Post update

    Jake Reeves (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Scott Wagstaff replaces Josh Parker.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Mark Byrne.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Bradford City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Lee Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd22005056
2Peterborough22006246
3Fleetwood22003036
4Bradford22003126
5Shrewsbury22002026
6Doncaster21103124
7Rotherham21015233
8Plymouth21013213
9Bury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Blackpool21012203
12Walsall21012203
13Portsmouth210123-13
14Charlton210112-13
15Southend210126-43
16Scunthorpe20202202
17Wimbledon201112-11
18Gillingham201101-11
19Rochdale201113-21
20MK Dons200202-20
21Northampton200202-20
22Blackburn200225-30
23Oldham200214-30
24Bristol Rovers200215-40
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