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Bradford City 3-1 Stevenage

Shay McCartan scored twice as Bradford came from behind to beat League Two's basement club Stevenage and earn boss Stuart McCall his first victory since returning to the club.

Both sides created chances in an even start to the first half before Stevenage broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Charlie Carter thumped the ball into the top of the net with a delightful strike from inside the area.

The hosts had several opportunities to level things up before the break, with McCartan looking certain to score after being put through on goal by Lee Novak in the 43rd minute, only for goalkeeper Paul Farman to pull off an outstanding save with his feet.

But Bradford flew out of the blocks in the second half and equalised in the 49th minute when McCartan fired the ball into the bottom corner from distance.

And the Northern Irishman turned the game on its head five minutes later, connecting with Connor Wood's cross from close range to put Bradford 2-1 up.

Only a top save from Farman prevented McCartan from completing his hat-trick with a stunning long-range volley in the 65th minute, but Novak completed with scoring with a fine goal on the break deep into second-half stoppage time.

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Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 22Henley
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 23Wood
  • 32Mottley-Henry
  • 8Reeves
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forPritchardat 69'minutes
  • 14McCartanSubstituted forTaylorat 86'minutes
  • 9Novak
  • 25GuthrieSubstituted forConnollyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 7Pritchard
  • 10Donaldson
  • 19Connolly
  • 20Middleton
  • 29Taylor
  • 31McGee

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 12CarrollSubstituted forCassidyat 84'minutes
  • 4Digby
  • 5CuthbertSubstituted forEl-Abdat 45+1'minutes
  • 31NugentBooked at 7mins
  • 33Denton
  • 42KempBooked at 20mins
  • 6Soares
  • 26Dabo
  • 7Carter
  • 44ParkhouseSubstituted forFolamiat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Bastien
  • 16Iontton
  • 18Parrett
  • 20Cassidy
  • 27El-Abd
  • 28Folami
  • 32Lakin
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
12,845

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 3, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 3, Stevenage 1.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 3, Stevenage 1. Lee Novak (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Pritchard following a fast break.

Tyler Denton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan Mottley-Henry (Bradford City).

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Stevenage).

Dylan Connolly (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Diaguely Dabo (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Reeves (Bradford City).

Offside, Bradford City. Harry Pritchard tries a through ball, but Dylan Connolly is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Digby (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Denton with a cross.

Ben Folami (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Henley (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Ben Nugent (Stevenage) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Kemp with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Attempt blocked. Tom Soares (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Folami.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Chris Taylor replaces Shay McCartan.

Daniel Kemp (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Henley (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jake Cassidy replaces Canice Carroll.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Stevenage).

Shay McCartan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dylan Mottley-Henry (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Soares.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Digby.

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

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Pritchard.

Attempt missed. Tyler Denton (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Dylan Connolly replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Folami replaces David Parkhouse.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Harry Pritchard replaces Hope Akpan.

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

Foul by Daniel Kemp (Stevenage).

Offside, Bradford City. Shay McCartan tries a through ball, but Jake Reeves is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Wood.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Digby.

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

Foul by Canice Carroll (Stevenage).

Foul by Jake Reeves (Bradford City).

Canice Carroll (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Crewe32187759382161
3Exeter32179647341360
4Plymouth31176851351657
5Colchester331313747311652
6Northampton321571045331252
7Cheltenham311312645252051
8Bradford33131284033751
9Port Vale33131284340351
10Forest Green33129124038245
11Salford331011124344-141
12Cambridge33118143643-741
13Newport301010102726140
14Crawley33913114546-140
15Walsall33117153244-1240
16Grimsby31911113639-338
17Leyton Orient33911134250-838
18Scunthorpe3399154150-936
19Oldham33812133651-1536
20Carlisle32810143350-1734
21Mansfield33711154553-832
22Morecambe3379173154-2330
23Macclesfield32714112936-729
24Stevenage33313172344-2122
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