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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:31 15th September 2012
By  Luke Gallagher

Bradford City 3 Barnet 0

City maintained their perfect home start to the 2012-13 season, with three goals early on in the second half at The Coral Windows Stadium this afternoon to leave Mark Robson's Barnet rock bottom of League 2.

 

Early on in the game, last week's hero Alan Connell passed up a great chance to set the ball rolling; John Oster's horrendous back pass fell straight to him and he was instantly one on one with Graham Stack, Connell tried rounding him but he got his feet in a tangle and failed to find the net.

 

The Bantams were having a lot of possession but weren't carving their opponents open too often and Barnet's Ricky Holmes looked dangerous going forward getting shots away and drawing fouls in promising areas.

 

Parkinson's men were seemingly stuck in first gear and the visitors were notching up several corners, but couldn't quite sternly test Jon McLaughlin. Jon Nurse's looping header on the stroke of half time had City's stopper back pedalling, but he managed to hold well.

 

City were quick out of the traps in the second half and had the perfect start, when James Hanson crashed in a header from close range. Gary Jones' freekick was glanced by Andrew Davies, Luke Oliver's swinging leg sent the ball across the 6 yard box and Hanson was unmarked to put his side 1-0 up.

 

The lead was doubled on the 55th minute when Alan Connell stabbed home from a couple of yards. Kyel Reid's low cross had Stack struggling and the loose ball popped up to Connell who beat Stack from close range.

 

A couple of minutes later, City well and truly had the 3 points sealed when Andrew Davies headed in a third. Again, a Gary Jones set piece causing havoc in the Barnet ranks; Davies out muscled his marker to loop a header past Stack at the near post.

 

Former Leeds United midfielder Curtis Weston almost pulled one back on the hour mark when he was found in space in the area; his shot was dragged wide though and led to nothing.

 

Alan Connell was sent racing through once more, this time he squared towards Hanson, but his angled pass had slightly too much pace for the big man as he rushed to get there at the back post.

 

 

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