Bradford City got their 5th straight win on the bounce this afternoon beating Mansfield Town 1-0.
There was one enforced change made to the Bradford side that beat Walsall on Saturday. Andy Cook was ineligible against his parent club, Danny Rowe took his place up front and Rumarn Burrell took the spare spot on the bench.
Visitors Mansfield Town named an unchanged 11 from the weekends narrow 1-0 victory over Morecambe. Bradford City academy graduate Jake Wright was on the bench for the Stags.
The Bantams had an early scare when Jason Law picked up a loose ball inside the box, but his shot hit the post.
City hadn’t really settled into the game, the stags were making it hard for the home side to get into their rhythm and take control of the game. The only effort of note came from a Danny Rowe free-kick but it was a comfortable save for Aidan Stone
Despite this, from a set piece Niall Canavan’s flicked on header saw Rowe free in the box who poked the ball past the keeper Stone.
At half-time against the run of play, City were ahead.
Half Time: Bradford City 1-0 Mansfield Town
The hosts started with a spring in their step and a slip from Ryan Sweeney presented a chance for Rowe who’s powerful shot was pushed over.
Soon after however the game turned scrappy with the visitors frustrating the Bantams.
The Stags were pressuring the Bantams, Ollie Clarke came close from a set piece. His header whistled across the box and past the far post.
Late on however Clarke was involved again, this time he was sent off after elbowing Connor Wood.
The sending proved to be the last action and the referee blew the whistle on a scrappy win for the Bantams.
It wasn’t the prettiest performance from either team but Bradford City dug in deep and defended well against the resilient Stags.
It’s the first time City have won five on the bounce since 2004. The fifth straight win sees Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars’s men leapfrog Carlisle United into tenth sitting 3 points seventh.
Mansfield on the other hand after the loss are 19th with 11 points separating them and 23rd place Barrow.
Full Time: Bradford City 1-0 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: Paudie O’Connor