Bradford City provided some added festive cheer with a Boxing Day 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.
Temporary managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars made two changes to the side who won their first away league since August with Clayton Donaldson and Gareth Evans coming into the side for Callum Cooke and Harry Pritchard.
Former Bradford City striker James Vaughan started for Tranmere, he was looking to add to his tally for this season. Bantams summer transfer target Jay Spearing was also in the starting 11 for the hosts.
There was early scare for the visitors as a long ball forward caused problems for the City backline and a mix-up at the back saw Corey Blackett-Taylor latch onto the loose ball but his shot was well wide.
City responded with an early chance of their own as Lee Novak set Donaldson free but his shot was saved at the near post by Scott Davies.
The home-side wanted to set the tone early and were certainly not afraid to have a pop. Midfielder Calum MacDonald tried his luck from 25 yards but it was well saved by Richard O’Donnell.
The visitors responded again and a brilliant cross from Billy Clarke found Lee Novak at the back post but he couldn’t direct his header at goal.
City weren’t afraid to have a go either and when Connor Wood cut inside the centre of the park he tried a 30 yard shot but it was just wide.
Wood was certainly looking to add to the brilliant goals that City have scored and tried his luck again from far out but Davies dived low to save the full backs shot.
Early into the second half Evans made a mazy run through the Tranmere defence.
In the 61st minute the visitors broke the deadlock. Some good link-up play between Clarke and Levi Sutton. Sutton whipped the ball in and Lee Novak from close range headed the ball home. That was Novak’s 7th goal of the season.
However Tranmere almost drew level. A ball over top which Anthony O’Connor didn’t deal with saw James Vaughan latch onto the ball but O’Donnell made an outstanding save to deny the former City forward.
Tranmere made a late push and a near post flick on from a cross from Morgan Ferrier hit the post.
But City earned another three points in a tough test at Prenton Park. That’s 4 games unbeaten for temporary managers Trueman and Sellars. City are now 8 points off the play offs. Things are looking up for the West Yorkshire outfit
Man of the Match: Levi Sutton
Another superb performance from the midfielder. Wasn’t afraid to get stuck in with his tackles, had great link up with Billy Clarke and provided a lovely assist for Novak’s goal.