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Bradford City 2-1 Northampton Town

Defender Paudie O'Connor scored a dramatic late winner as Bradford came from behind to beat Northampton 2-1 at Valley Parade.

The win ended a run of two consecutive league defeats for Bradford, who ended the match with 10 men after substitute Zeli Ismail was sent off following a clash with Jordan Turnbull, who was also shown a yellow card in stoppage time.

The winning goal came in the 88th minute when Harry Pritchard, making his home debut after joining from Blackpool, crossed from the left.

David Cornell made a brilliant one-handed save to turn away Kelvin Mellor's goalbound header but the ball went straight to O'Connor, who side-footed the ball into the net from an acute angle.

Northampton led at half-time after going in front in the 20th minute when the Bradford defence failed to clear Joe Martin's right-wing corner and skipper Charlie Goode scored with a header from the edge of the six-yard box as a couple of Bradford defenders desperately tried to stop the ball crossing the line.

Bradford bossed the second half but nearly fell further behind in the 73rd minute, Richard O'Donnell making a fine save to turn substitute Vadaine's Oliver's close-range header over the bar.

The home side's dominance finally paid off with a 77th minute equaliser when Michael Harriman could only turn the ball into his own net under pressure from Clayton Donaldson as he tried to clear Ismail's cross.

Bradford's comeback was completed with O'Connor's winning goal before Ismail saw red after being booked twice in the space of eight minutes.

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Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Mellor
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 79mins
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 23Wood
  • 19ConnollySubstituted forIsmailat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Palmer
  • 24DevineSubstituted forCookeat 68'minutes
  • 7Pritchard
  • 10Donaldson
  • 12VaughanSubstituted forO'Connorat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Connor
  • 11Ismail
  • 13Hornby
  • 17Gibson
  • 18Anderson
  • 25Oteh
  • 26Cooke

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 23Harriman
  • 5Goode
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 90mins
  • 3MartinBooked at 33mins
  • 17McWilliams
  • 14Lines
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forWhartonat 73'minutes
  • 20WarburtonSubstituted forWatersat 68'minutes
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 85mins
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forOliverat 55'minutesBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Pollock
  • 16Wharton
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Kaja
  • 29Waters
  • 33Fisher
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
13,678

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 2, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Anthony O'Connor replaces James Vaughan.

Harry Pritchard (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Booking

Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Zeli Ismail (Bradford City).

Offside, Bradford City. Harry Pritchard tries a through ball, but Zeli Ismail is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Northampton Town 1. Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Pritchard with a cross.

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

Booking

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Hoskins.

Booking

Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Bradford City).

Chris Lines (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Northampton Town. Scott Wharton tries a through ball, but Billy Waters is caught offside.

Hand ball by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Booking

Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Own Goal by Michael Harriman, Northampton Town. Bradford City 1, Northampton Town 1.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Charlie Goode.

Attempt blocked. Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Palmer.

Attempt missed. Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Scott Wharton replaces Nicky Adams.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Pritchard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Callum Cooke replaces Daniel Devine.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Zeli Ismail replaces Dylan Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Billy Waters replaces Matthew Warburton.

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As It Stood

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1Exeter7520104617
2Newport743072515
3Crewe750297215
4Swindon7421148614
5Forest Green741265113
6Cheltenham7322127511
7Grimsby7322139411
8Plymouth7322128411
9Macclesfield732296311
10Bradford732285311
11Crawley7322119211
12Mansfield723210829
13Colchester72326609
14Port Vale7232810-29
15Salford7151101008
16Cambridge722367-18
17Leyton Orient7223812-48
18Northampton721478-17
19Carlisle7214813-57
20Morecambe7133812-46
21Walsall713338-56
22Oldham7124510-55
23Stevenage7034410-63
24Scunthorpe7016515-101
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