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Fleetwood Town 2-1 Bradford City

Joey Barton tasted victory at Highbury for the first time as his 10-man Fleetwood side beat Bradford in a controversial affair on the Fylde Coast.

Referee Andy Haines had a busy first half, chalking off a Ched Evans effort for handball after just two minutes.

Evans soon got himself on the scoresheet, bundling home an Ashley Hunter cross from close range in the 12th minute.

Haines found himself in the thick of the action again as George Miller was ruled to have been fouled by Jason Holt.

That set the stage for Eoin Doyle to net his first goal since joining from Preston in the summer, sliding the ball past Alex Cairns from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute.

Fleetwood had been in control up until that point and still looked the side most likely to go on and grab the three points but there was a potential momentum-swinging moment in the 43rd minute as Wes Burns was sent off for a strong tackle on Adam Chicksen.

Fleetwood refused to roll over and it was the 10 men who restored their lead just three minutes into the second half as Hunter pounced on an Evans centre.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cairns
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Eastham
  • 20Morgan
  • 26Husband
  • 7BurnsBooked at 42mins
  • 4Holt
  • 25Marney
  • 22HunterBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWallaceat 80'minutes
  • 9EvansBooked at 2minsSubstituted forLongat 85'minutes
  • 17MaddenBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSpurrat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Spurr
  • 10McAleny
  • 14Long
  • 16Jones
  • 27Biggins
  • 29Sheron
  • 38Wallace

Bradford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Mellor
  • 4McGowanSubstituted forGibsonat 62'minutes
  • 6O'ConnorBooked at 38mins
  • 3Chicksen
  • 36Colville
  • 21Akpan
  • 44WrightBooked at 28minsSubstituted forWoodat 62'minutes
  • 10PayneSubstituted forBrunkerat 74'minutes
  • 9Doyle
  • 12Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 18Brunker
  • 23Wood
  • 25Isherwood
  • 27Gibson
  • 31Sykes-Kenworthy
  • 39O'Brien
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,347

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bradford City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Miller (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Husband (Fleetwood Town).

  5. Post update

    Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Jason Holt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kai Brunker (Bradford City).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Thomas Spurr replaces Paddy Madden.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Wallace (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a fast break.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Chris Long replaces Ched Evans.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. James Wallace replaces Ashley Hunter.

  13. Post update

    Dean Marney (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Hope Akpan (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    Jason Holt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kai Brunker (Bradford City).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Kai Brunker replaces Jack Payne.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Fleetwood Town).

  20. Post update

    Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough65101651116
2Portsmouth6510123916
3Barnsley64201431114
4Sunderland6420135814
5Walsall6420105514
6Fleetwood6321114711
7Doncaster62317439
8Accrington62318809
9Luton62228808
10Charlton62226608
11Blackpool61414317
12Gillingham6213910-17
13Southend621378-17
14Rochdale6213713-67
15Burton620479-26
16Wycombe613258-36
17Bradford620448-46
18Scunthorpe6132613-76
19Coventry612336-35
20Wimbledon612338-55
21Bristol Rovers611469-34
22Oxford Utd6114715-84
23Shrewsbury603347-33
24Plymouth6024413-92
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