Walsall vs Bradford City Match Report

Bradford City continued their pursuit on a play off place with a 2-1 win over Walsall at The Banks’s Stadium.

After Tuesdays narrow victory over Leyton Orient, Joint Managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars made 2 changes. Gareth Evans missed out due to injury so Ollie Crankshaw took his place. Danny Rowe dropped to the bench and Andy Cook started up front.

Walsall made 4 changes from their 1-0 defeat to Newport County. Youngster Sam Perry made his professional league debut for the Saddlers.

First Half

Walsall were forced into an early change. Max Melbourne picked up an injury in the warm up, he was replaced by Cameron Cockerill-Mollett. Frank Vincent came onto the bench.

One of the 4 changes for the Saddlers, Derek Osei-Yaw, had the first chance of the game. His turn and shot rustled the side netting of Sam Hornby’s goal.

The visitors had their first good chance of the game, Ollie Crankshaw followed a long ball from the back but he dragged his shot well wide of the goal.

Crankshaw had another chance straight after. Anthony O’Connor cushioned touch unleashed the winger but he hit the ball past the far post.

Then just before half time, Levi Sutton picked up the ball from an Andy Cook knock down, he let fly from 20 yards, the ball hit the crossbar and bounced over the line and City were ahead.

Half Time: Walsall 0-1 Bradford City

Second Half

Early on Walsall did have the ball in net only for it to be disallowed after in the build-up Hornby was fouled by Dan Scarr.

The Bantams had their first good chance of the second half, Callum Cooke’s corner found Anthony O’Connor who’s header almost snuck into the far corner but Liam Roberts punched away

Then the visitors doubled their lead. Sutton’s cross found Andy Cook all alone in the box, he took it on his chest and buried it into the net.

13 minutes before stoppage time from a corner Walsall equalised. Tyreik Wright’s corner was flicked on by Dan Scarr, his header eluded everyone and found its way into the bottom corner.

Straight after Walsall had a penalty as Josh Gordon went down from Niall Canavan’s challenge but the referee waved play on.

Wright, the man who assisted Walsall’s goal, fancied his chances from far, he cut his way across the pitch but his effort was just wide.

With the last 15 minutes and added time Walsall pressured the Bradford goal but City dug deep and got their fourth successive win.

Another hard fought victory for the Bantams, they are now just 4 points of the 7th place Bolton after their victory against Barrow.

It wasn’t an easy game, after Walsall scored the home side pressured the visitors but the resolute defending that City fans have become accustomed to in recent weeks.

Full Time: Walsall 1-2 Bradford City

Man of the Match: Levi Sutton

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