The good run of form continues for Bradford City after a 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Southend United.
After Saturday’s solid point against table toppers Cambridge United, Interim Managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars named an unchanged 11 from the weekend.
The home side, Southend United made three changes from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Mansfield. One of the three changes was new signing Tyler Cordner who signed for the Essex outfit on Tuesday on loan from AFC Bournemouth.
Early on in the game the Shrimpers had a penalty shout. Simeon Akinola went down from a challenge from Anthony O’Connor after a weaving run but referee Trevor Kettle was unmoved.
City tested keeper Mark Oxley twice in the space of a couple of minutes. The first was a snap shot on the turn from Levi Sutton forced Oxley to get down low and pushed it out for a corner.
From the corner Southend cleared but it was well rescued by the Bantams and the ball found its way to Danny Rowe on the edge who sent a curler towards goal which Oxley tipped over.
Bradford were cranking up the pressure and it counted, Billy Clarke played in Callum Cooke, his shot was well blocked by Oxley but the rebound fell to the incoming Gareth Evans who via the post found the net.
Southend were looking for a response and 8 minutes after the Bantams took the lead Southend levelled. Right Back Elvis Bwomono thrashed a cross shot in off the far post. That was the first goal that keeper Sam Hornby had conceded in his three league starts.
The goal seemed to shake Bradford, they seemed to lose their rhythm and momentum and Southend had another chance as Hornby parried a shot into the path of goal-scorer Bwomono, luckily for City he side-footed wide.
And that was the last action of the First Half.
Half Time: Southend United 1-1 Bradford City
Southend started on the front foot but Bradford responded and after some nice footwork from Rowe he fired a shot which smacked the bar.
Southend responded to Rowe’s effort. A cross into the box was met by Akinola who directed towards the goal quite remarkably and almost caught out Hornby but he reacted just in time.
Rowe clearly fancied a screamer tonight and tried his luck again, this time Oxley palmed away.
Rowe did get his goal eventually, After a missed interception in the middle of the park, Callum Cooke took the ball from the halfway line and slipped Rowe in who angled his shot underneath Oxley to bag his first goal for the Bantams and his 9th of the season.
The Shrimpers had a massive chance to get themselves back in the game. A cross in again found Reeco Hackett-Fairchild who brought the ball down but blazed it over the bar from the penalty spot.
Once again Southend were undone on a break. From the throw in Rowe won the header, he found Cooke who turned and carved open the Southend defence and slipped in Evans who bagged his second of the night.
That goal proved to be the last action of the game as the match slowly petered out and away from Southend and City came away with the three points.
Full Time: Southend United 1-3 Bradford City
City extended their unbeaten run to 7 with a good victory away from home on the Essex coast. City were the better side with Southend having spells of good play but it wasn’t consistent enough. With the win City move up to 18th in the table with the Shrimpers staying rooted to the bottom.
Man of the Match: Gareth Evans
After missing a chance on Saturday, Evans followed that up with finding the net twice this evening. Showed good reactions for the first and was cool and calm for the second.
Written by Matthew Ward