Bradford City fall into the relegation zone this evening following a 1-0 defeat to promotion chasing Carlisle United.
Manager Stuart McCall made two changes to the side from Tuesday against Cheltenham. Austin Samuels and Harry Pritchard came into the starting 11 for Dylan Mottley-Henry and Kian Scales.
For the visitors just one change. Former Bantam Dean Furman replaced another former Bantam Callum Guy who was serving a suspension. There were also spots two other former City players Omari Patrick and Danny Devine with another Joe Riley on the bench.
Bantams keeper Richard O’Donnell was forced into an early save from an long throw which was allowed to run across the box, Patrick latched on to it but O’Donnell intervened to deny him a goal against his former club.
Patrick was keen to score against his old club, dancing his way around the City back-line but O’Donnell again dived low to deny the forward.
City responded with a clever corner drilled across the box to Elliott Watt on the edge who’s powerful strike was just deflected wide of the post.
The game was certainly not for neutral tuning in, A very scrappy first half finished with both teams frustrating each other over the 45.
From restart Carlisle tested City early again a free kick drilled towards the back post Aaron Hayden was free at the back post, but his header was held by O’Donnell.
Carlisle were certainly turning on the heat and a cross from the left, the ball went past three defenders and found Rhys Bennett at the far post who headed home from close range.
An almighty scramble in the City box almost got Carlisle a second. City seemed to panic but luckily it was scrambled away before anything came of it.
Carlisle were looking to finish the game and a lightning break led by Joshua Kayode the ball found Patrick again who’s shot was saved again by O’Donnell.
O’Donnell was keeping City in the game, He made back to back saves first to deny Devine and then denied Kayode’s curling shot.
A fifth defeat on the bounce for Bradford City, things certainly on the down for the club.
Bradford City Man of the Match
- Richard O’Donnell
Made some very good saves, frustrated Carlisle and kept the score low.