Bradford City blew the chance to close in on the play off spots with a 2-0 defeat to Crawley Town.
The City team had three changes from Saturday’s clash with Grimsby Town. Danny Rowe, Charles Vernam and Kian Scales took the place of Clayton Donaldson, Andy Cook and Billy Clarke. Levi Sutton returned to the bench after a three game absence with injury.
The visiting Reds Devils made two changes from their team on Saturday. Jordan Maguire-Drew and Jake Hessenthaler dropped to the bench for Sam Matthews and Jack Powell. Former Bantam Josh Wright started in midfield for Crawley.
The first real chance of the game fell to City’s goal scorer on the weekend Anthony O’Connor. But his shot on the turn, following a corner, flew wide.
It was the visitors who took the lead on 20 minutes. Josh Wright’s cross from right was met by the head of Jordan Tunnicliffe who headed into the far corner.
The Bantams hadn’t really got into gear but came close when Gareth Evans found room to angle a shot which was blocked by Glenn Morris, the ball did rebound to Paudie O’Connor but his shot was straight into the arms of Morris.
Danny Rowe came close again for the Bantams, The striker did brilliantly to control a long diagonal ball and work an effort towards goal but just curled wide.
Rowe again showed good control and footwork to create an opportunity for himself but this time his effort was well over the bar.
Just before halftime, Patient build-up from City created a chance for Elliot Watt but his shot from the edge of the box zipped over the bar.
Half Time: Bradford City 0-1 Crawley Town
City continued on from their late surge in the Second half, Finn Cousin-Dawson who was still searching for his first goal saw his close range header just flash wide.
Charles Vernam threatened for City, He weaved his way through the Crawley defence and fired his shot towards the bottom left corner but Morris dived to his left to deny the City winger.
The following corner provided the Bantams with another chance, Anthony O’Connor saw his shot saved again by Morris.
Substitute Andy Cook tried his luck with a half volley, but the effort flew wide of the mark
The Bantams had their best opportunity of the game on the 82nd minute. Clayton Donaldson plucked the ball out of the air and struck it sweetly but saw his effort bounce off the ball.
But the game would soon be out of reach for City as from a free kick Crawley doubled their lead thanks to Joe McNerney’s header.
Full Time: Bradford City 0-2 Crawley Town
The Bantams missed out on an opportunity to add pressure on the play off spots. City will be frustrated after tonight but there simply wasn’t enough from Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars side. They were slow out of the blocks and never reached the standards we’ve seen from the side recently.
Crawley came with a game plan to frustrate the home side and it worked. They took their chances when they came and played with a tempo when coming forward.
The Bantams now sit twelfth with 4 points separating them and the Play offs. Crawley are below City in thirteenth sitting 2 points off their opponents tonight.
Man of the Match: Elliot Watt