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Crawley Town 2-1 Bradford City

Ollie Palmer scored twice as Crawley Town condemned promotion-chasing Bradford to their first defeat in nine games.

League Two's leading scorer Eoin Doyle was drafted straight in to lead Bradford's attack to partner James Vaughan after City exercised a recall clause in the Irishman`s season-long loan from Swindon.

Doyle's opposite number Palmer went close early on by heading onto the crossbar following a corner from Josh Dacres-Cogley.

Palmer struck to give the Reds the lead after 21 minutes getting in between defenders Ben Richards-Everton and Dylan Connolly to fire home his seventh of the season from 12 yards.

Crawley top-scorer Bez Lubala had a low shot saved by goalkeeper Richard O`Donnell before Palmer doubled their lead from close range after being set up by strike partner Ashley Nadesan five minutes before the break.

O`Donnell prevented Palmer from completing his hat-trick shortly after the interval by tipping his fierce shot from the edge of the area over the bar.

Danger man Palmer later shot across the face of the goal as City continued to live dangerously. Substitute Aramide Oteh gave Bradford late hope by bundling in his fifth goal of the season with six minutes remaining.

Bradford pressed for an equaliser in stoppage time but Crawley held on for only their second win in their last 14 league games.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 20Sendles-White
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 3Doherty
  • 28Camara
  • 21Bulman
  • 12Ferguson
  • 30Lubala
  • 9PalmerSubstituted forGermanat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10NadesanSubstituted forSesayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13German
  • 14Francomb
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 18Sesay
  • 35Luyambula

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 22Henley
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 23Wood
  • 19ConnollySubstituted forMcCartanat 69'minutes
  • 8ReevesSubstituted forAkpanat 57'minutes
  • 16Palmer
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forOtehat 57'minutes
  • 9Doyle
  • 12Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 14McCartan
  • 17Gibson
  • 18Anderson
  • 21Akpan
  • 25Oteh
  • 30Sykes-Kenworthy
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
2,361

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shay McCartan with a headed pass.

Booking

Ricardo German (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Ricardo German (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. David Sesay replaces Ashley Nadesan.

Matthew Palmer (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 2, Bradford City 1. Aramide Oteh (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ricardo German replaces Ollie Palmer.

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

Foul by Josh Dacres-Cogley (Crawley Town).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jordan Tunnicliffe.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Nathan Ferguson.

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Bez Lubala.

Attempt missed. Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ollie Palmer.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Connor Wood.

Attempt missed. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Attempt blocked. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dannie Bulman.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Shay McCartan replaces Dylan Connolly.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City).

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bez Lubala.

Attempt missed. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Attempt blocked. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Attempt missed. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Nadesan.

Offside, Bradford City. Matthew Palmer tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Hope Akpan replaces Jake Reeves.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Aramide Oteh replaces Chris Taylor.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Henley.

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

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Foul by Jake Reeves (Bradford City).

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon27165649292053
2Exeter26148437271050
3Cheltenham261111441212044
4Crewe25135747321544
5Plymouth25135740261444
6Bradford26128633221144
7Forest Green2712873223944
8Northampton2612683629742
9Colchester261011536241241
10Port Vale2691163331238
11Newport248972322133
12Walsall2796122636-1033
13Crawley2771193537-232
14Salford2788113338-532
15Scunthorpe2787123538-331
16Cambridge2787123033-331
17Grimsby257992529-430
18Mansfield2769123642-627
19Leyton Orient2669113343-1027
20Oldham2669112641-1527
21Carlisle2667132343-2025
22Macclesfield2561272427-324
23Morecambe2647152145-2419
24Stevenage26212121531-1618
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