Port Vale vs Bradford City Match Report

4 defeats on the bounce see’s Bradford City drop to 14th after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale.

The City team had three changes. Callum Cooke, Clayton Donaldson and Charles Vernam were restored to Starting 11. Gareth Evans, Kian Scales and Finn Cousin-Dawson dropped to the bench. There was a welcome return however to City striker Lee Novak who came onto the bench after a lengthy time out due to injury.

Charles Vernam tested Scott Brown early after a quick exchange with Andy Cook. His effort was parried into the path of Clayton Donaldson who’s chipped cross was cleared for a corner.

There was certainly more impetus from the visitors and they were rewarded for their positive start when on 15 minutes, Andy Cook’s cross was met by Donaldson who tapped home.

The lead didn’t last long as from the restart the home side equalised. Theo Robinson was played in behind by Luke Joyce and he side footed past Sam Hornby to bring the game all square.

The Valiant’s had a spring in their step after the equaliser but City were still knocking on the door. Donaldson was played in by Callum Cooke but his chip was plucked out of air by Brown.

However Vale would soon take the lead from the penalty spot. Ollie Crankshaw was adjudged to foul Nathan Smith in the box, Referee Ben Speedie pointed to the spot.

Captain Tom Conlon stepped up to dispatch the spot kick.

Hornby nearly let slip a third for the home side, The keeper was caught off guard when Conlon hit an early shot, His effort was parried by Hornby towards the path of Robinson but fortunately the Bantams number 12 recovered to retrieve the ball.

Crankshaw, who gave away the penalty, had his afternoon cut short, he limped off injured in the 39th minute.

Once again however Bradford City found themselves behind at the break.

Half time: Port Vale 2-1 Bradford City

The Bantams looked to start in the same fashion as they did in the first but it took them a while to test Brown again. Andy Cook’s strike after the ball fell to him from Gareth Evans’ set piece was saved low to his right by the Vale keeper.

The home side were looking to finish the game, David Amoo was presented with a chance following some sloppy defending, Paudie O’Connor intervened to deny the winger.

The Valiants could have wrapped up the game, after a quick break led by Amoo he played in Robinson but his effort was tame and easy for Hornby.

Despite the visitors from West Yorkshire being behind, they never really threatened the Vale defence and struggled to keep possession and step into the Port Vale half.

Despite a desperate last attempt to try and get anything out of the game City could not fashion an effort towards goal and they were condemned to their 4th straight defeat.

Full time: Port Vale 2-1 Bradford City

After an encouraging start to the first half from the Bantams, the quick equaliser and the soft penalty deflated the attempts to try and get back into the game for City.

In similar fashion to Tuesday night, Mark Truman and Connor Sellars men looked out of ideas and lacked creativity in the final third.

City’s hopes of gate crashing the play offs are probably well and truly over with the Claret and Amber outfit now sat in 14th.

Man of the Match: Callum Cooke

City’s brightest spark throughout the game, always looked to carry the ball forward and get the midfield engine going.

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