Mansfield had a chance in the first five minutes of the first-half. Jason Law gained possession inside the box and curled his effort towards goal. He saw his effort bounce off the inside of the post with the ball eventually cleared away by the Bradford defence.
Danny Rowe was able to have a shot directly from the free-kick but the striker’s effort was easily saved by Aidan Stone in the Mansfield goal.
The Bradford forward was able to get on the scoresheet in the 32nd minute. A free-kick was not cleared by the Stags with Rowe picking up the loose ball and firing the ball past the Mansfield goalkeeper and into the goal to open the scoring for the Bantams.
Rowe had another chance from the free-kick with his effort from 35 yards on target but another comfortable save for Stone.
Mansfield Town’s substitute, Harry Charsley, had the ball in the back of the net after he received a fantastic reverse ball from Jamie Reid. The midfielder though was flagged offside and the goal did not stand.
Half-Time: Bradford City 1-0 Mansfield Town
Ryan Sweeney made a huge mistake as he allowed Rowe to nick the ball off the defender. The forward then unleashed a vicious shot which forced Stone into making a vital stop to tip it over the bar.
Jordan Bowery was able to have a shot outside of the box, but his effort was deflected out and away for a corner.
Callum Cooke had a go from distance as Bradford’s number eight forced Stone into another crucial save as the Bantams continued to knock on the door.
Jason Law delivered a corner into the hosts’ penalty box with Ollie Clarke connecting with the ball but sending his effort agonisingly wide of the goal.
The Mansfield skipper was then sent off in the final moments of the game for violent conduct with the official pulling out a red card and sending the midfielder off. This means he will miss three matches if he does not win his appeal for the red card to be rescinded.
Full-Time: Bradford City 1-0 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: Danny Rowe
The Bradford forward had a decent shift up-front for the hosts and had a handful of chances and directing efforts at the Mansfield goal as he looked to create more for the hosts.
His goal in the 32nd minute was the difference in the match, and on his return into the starting 11, the forward will gladly take a match-winning goal into his collection.