Three defeats in the last five games for Bradford City as the poor run of form continued following a 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United.
There were two changes to the Bantams side from Saturday, Youngster Kian Scales got his first in claret and amber start since December. Andy Cook returned upfront to the lead the line for City.
Scunthorpe United made three changes to the side from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southend United. Abo Eisa, Teddy Howe and Lewis Spence all came into the line-up. Jordan Clarke had his red card rescinded, he started in defence for the Iron.
Richard O’Donnell had an early tester, Abo Eisa’s dipping free kick forced the City keeper to tip over his net.
Eisa would soon have another chance on goal which he took, former Bantam Alex Gilliead carried the ball up the field and set the winger free on goal, he slipped the ball underneath O’Donnell to put the Iron in-front.
Straight after the early goal the Bantams could have equalised when Charles Vernam found room for a shot, however his long ranger smacked the crossbar.
Elliot Watt came close to levelling the score, His curling free kick had Mark Howard well beaten but struck the inside of the post.
Kian Scales had his first effort of the night, the number 10 latched onto Paudie O’Connor’s long ball but he got the effort all wrong and fired way over the bar.
Devarn Green could have made it 2-0 when he was played in by Eisa but a great save from O’Donnell denied him the chance to double the Iron’s lead.
Half Time: Scunthorpe United 1-0 Bradford City
City had great chance to level things up, Ollie Crankshaw’s cross was competed for by Andy Cook, the ball fell to Vernam inside the box but the post denied the City winger.
Green, who missed a great chance in the first half, made up for his missed opportunity in the second half. Howe’s looping cross was knocked down by Ryan Loft and Green beat O’Donnell to the ball and netted to double the Iron’s lead.
It could have been 3-0 to the home side, Ryan Loft was played one on one with O’Donnell but the City keeper made another brilliant save to deny the Scunthorpe striker.
Down the other end, Paudie O’Connor could have pulled one back for the visitors. From a corner O’Connor had a free header but glanced the ball wide.
The Bantams had another glorious chance to halve the deficit. Substitute Gareth Evans swung a low cross, a scramble occurred in the box before it fell to Anthony O’Connor who poked wide.
Again City knocked on the door, A cross into the box caused another scramble in the area before City had back to back chances one which was saved by Howard and one which was cleared off the line.
Full Time: Scunthorpe United 2-0 Bradford City
Another game where missed opportunities will be rued. City had plenty of chances to pull themselves back into the game but missed out.
Despite the plethora of chances City never really got going until late on in the game. Two defensive mistakes for the goals have undone the Bantams tonight.
Scunthorpe on the other hand, rowed their luck at times but were very solid and managed the game well. They took their chances when they came and played very well tonight.
The defeat for City puts them 14th with 9 points still between them and the 7th placed Newport County.
With their win tonight Scunthorpe sit 3 points off the Bantams in 16th.
Man of the Match: Andy Cook