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Bradford City 1-2 Port Vale

Former Bradford midfielder Will Atkinson came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner against his old club and give Port Vale their first away victory of the season at Valley Parade.

The match was heading for a draw when Atkinson scored with a close right-footed shot high into the top corner from Richard Bennett's pass after Bradford failed to clear the danger.

Port Vale were rewarded for a bright start by going in front in the 18th minute through David Worrall after Bennett held the ball up for him to score from 15 yards out.

Earlier, Worrall sent a shot just wide of the far post, Vale skipper Leon Legge volleyed narrowly over the crossbar from Worrall's corner while Richard O'Donnell saved from David Amoo.

Danny Devine and skipper James Vaughan had shots blocked as Bradford hit back, but Vale still caused problems for the Bantams' defence before the home side were handed a lifeline a minute before half-time. Devine was fouled in the box by Jake Taylor and Vaughan equalised from the spot.

Bradford dominated the second half as Zeli Ismail's close-range shot was saved at the near post by keeper Scott Brown in the 57th minute, Kelvin Mellor saw his shot cleared off the line by Legge in the 70th minute and keeper Richard Brown did well to save Connor Wood's 25-yard drive before Atkinson's dramatic late winner.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Mellor
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 77mins
  • 23Wood
  • 24DevineSubstituted forO'Connorat 90+4'minutes
  • 26Cooke
  • 21Akpan
  • 11Ismail
  • 12Vaughan
  • 25OtehBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 14McCartan
  • 18Anderson
  • 20Patrick
  • 22Henley
  • 30Sykes-Kenworthy
  • 35Staunton

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 11Montaño
  • 20BurgessSubstituted forAtkinsonat 73'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 16TaylorBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBrisleyat 90+6'minutes
  • 19Amoo
  • 21Bennett
  • 7WorrallBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 12Atkinson
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 28Brisley
  • 29Archer
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
14,345

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Port Vale 2.

Booking

Tom Pope (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kelvin Mellor with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Shaun Brisley replaces Jake Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Paudie O'Connor replaces Daniel Devine.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Port Vale 2. Will Atkinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Callum Cooke (Bradford City).

Jake Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Aramide Oteh (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Offside, Port Vale. Scott Brown tries a through ball, but Richie Bennett is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aramide Oteh.

Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Aramide Oteh (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Devine.

Daniel Devine (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Booking

Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City).

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James Gibbons.

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

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by David Amoo.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Will Atkinson replaces Scott Burgess.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Amoo.

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

Attempt blocked. Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aramide Oteh.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Booking

David Worrall (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Scott Burgess.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Attempt blocked. Zeli Ismail (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Cooke.

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe159332617930
2Cheltenham1484226121428
3Forest Green15843189928
4Bradford158342215727
5Newport14761158727
6Exeter157531918126
7Swindon157352219324
8Plymouth156542416823
9Northampton156361816221
10Port Vale155642122-121
11Cambridge155552014620
12Colchester155551613320
13Crawley155552323020
14Macclesfield155551618-220
15Salford155551823-520
16Grimsby155462020019
17Leyton Orient155462326-319
18Mansfield154562221117
19Walsall154381021-1115
20Oldham153571624-814
21Carlisle154291527-1214
22Scunthorpe153482024-413
23Morecambe152491428-1410
24Stevenage151681121-109
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