Crawley Town vs Bradford City: Match Report

Bradford City ended their dreadful run of form with a 1-1 draw with Crawley Town.

Life after Stuart McCall began for Bradford City following his departure on Sunday. Under 18’s coach Mark Trueman took charge whilst the club searched for a new manager.

He made three changes to the side from Saturday with Levi Sutton,

Austin Samuels and Finn Cousin-Dawson coming into the side for Ben Richards-Everton, Clayton Donaldson and Bryce Hosannah.  

Reality TV star Mark Wright who signed for the Red Devils this week was not involved for the hosts. League Two’s second top-goal scorer Max Watters was looking to add to his 12 goals in the league and extend his 15 goals in 15 games run to 16.

The visitors took an early lead when Austin Samuels picked up the ball over the top, Crawley keeper Glenn Morris fumbled his cross and Lee Novak pounced on the rebound to put the Bantams 1-0 up.

The hosts pulled themselves back into the game on 25 minutes from a Samuel Matthews free-kick which flicked off the head of City player Harry Pritchard and into the net.

It had been a game of few chances with both sides having set up strong defensively and limiting the others chances.

City had been disciplined. They had kept Crawley’s chances limited and frustrated the home-side. A vastly different approach to that of Saturday.

Bradford were looking for a second and following some patient build-up Lee Novak set up Austin Samuels who beat his man and fired his shot towards the bottom corner but Morris saved.

The Bantams were starting to take control and following a lovely ball from Levi Sutton saw Harry Pritchard go one on one but he could only hit his shot straight at the keeper.

Crawley striker Watters had been very quiet but he finally had his chance on the 86 minute but his shot on the turn flew across the box

The game finished with a scuffle between both sides but the game ended a point a piece and ended City’s 6 game losing streak.

So City ended the baron run of form that they had been on after a battling performance down south. City worked hard for something out of the game and came out with reward for their work. 

The draw moves the Bantams up to 21st on 14 points. Certainly a much more encouraging performance from the West Yorkshire side. New managers eyeing up the hot seat will certainly be impressed with the determination shown from the players this evening.

Man of the Match: Levi Sutton 

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