Tuesday 12 February 2103
npower League 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Bradford City 3 (Doyle 1, 83 pen, Atkinson 81)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at Adams Park
The Bantams returned to winning ways with a comprehensive away victory at in-form Wycombe Wanderers.
A first minute goal from Nathan Doyle - his first of the season - set City on their way before a fine second from Will Atkinson and a third from the spot from Doyle in the final ten minutes put the seal on a morale-boosting win.
On a pitch that played surprisingly well despite looking extremely soft under foot at first glance, City's perfect away-day performance ensured they fully justified their three-point haul against a side who had won nine out of their previous thirteen matches coming into the contest.
With Andrew Davies back in central defence for his first action since picking up a knee injury four months ago and Garry Thompson partnering Andy Gray in attack, Parkinson went into this Tuesday's rearranged fixture making five changes in total from Saturday's home match with Gillingham.
Parkinson's altered eleven got off to the perfect start in the contest when a long throw-in from the recalled Ryan Dickson was knocked down into the path of Doyle who was lurking just inside the area.
Taking on the ball first time, Doyle drilled a low volley past the clutches of Wycombe 'keeper Jordan Archer to fire City in front with less than 60 seconds on the clock.
Wycombe tried to rally after Doyle's early intervention but their best efforts were being competently dealt with by Davies and his defensive partners.
In fact, it was City who came closest to registering next when Garry Thompson rattled the underside of Archer's crossbar with a half-volley just past the hour mark.
With nine minutes of normal time remaining though, City did net their second of the evening thanks to fine build up play from Kyel Reid and substitute James Hanson.
Reid's clipped ball over the top allowed Hanson the space to flick the ball into the path of the on-rushing Atkinson, who drilled a fine low strike past Archer from just inside the area.
Less than two minutes later things got even better for City when Hanson narrowly beat Archer to a teasing forward ball from Stephen Darby before the striker was seemingly clipped from behind by Dave Winfield.
With regular penalty taker Nahki Wells watching the game from the bench as an unused substitute, Doyle took responsibility for the kick and coolly slotted home to seal victory for the Bantams.
On his comeback appearance, Davies was replaced near the end of the game by Carl McHugh, but it seems the move was only precautionary given the one-sided nature of the scoreline at that time.
FT: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bradford City 3
90+3min: Grant's curling effort from just inside the area is deflected narrowly wide Duke's far post off the boot of Nelson.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Duke makes a brilliant reaction save to push a heavily deflected Morgan strike from just outside the area around his near post.
87min: SUB - City make their own substitute by bringing on Carl McHugh for Davies.
87min: SUB - Wycombe take off their first substitute Andrade for Jo Kuffour.
83min: GOAL!!!!! Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bradford City 3 - Doyle coolly strokes the penalty away, sending Archer the wrong way in the process, to register a third for the Bantams.
82min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS! - City have a penalty when Hanson just beats Archer to a lofted ball forward from Darby before the striker is clipped from behind by Winfield just inside the area.
81min: GOAL!!!!!! Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bradford City 2 - City double their lead thanks to a superbly-crafted move from the Bantams. Reid's clipped ball over the top plays Hanson into space behind Wycombe's defences. The striker in turn flicks the ball into the path of the on-rushing Atkinson, who drills past Archer with a crisp low finish from just inside the area.
76min: Stuart Lewis drives for goal from outside the area but his rising strike whistles wide of Duke's goal by a fair margin.
74min: YELLOW CARD - Grant is booked for barging into Dickson with the City left back in full flow attacking down Wycombe's right flank.
73min: SUB - James Hanson comes on for Gray for the Bantams.
72min: Andrade races onto a forward ball, beating Michael Nelson in the process, but his strike for goal from a tight angle by the byline is simple enough to Duke to grab hold of.
70min: SUB - Wycombe bring on Bruno Andrade for McClure.
68min: Charles Dunne tries his luck from distance but his rising drive flies a yard or two over Duke's bar.
63min: Thompson strikes the underside of Archer's bar with a thunderous half-volley from inside Wycombe's area! Andy Gray tries to head home the rebound but Wycombe eventually clear their lines.
58min: Sam Wood just holds off Darby as Wycombe break with pace following a City corner to allow the winger a clear sight of Duke's goal. Wood's strike low and hard with an angled drive but his effort from inside the area is blocked away by Duke.
56min: Morgan runs at pace at a watchful Darby from a wide position around the edge of the Bantams' penalty area before drilling a low cross-come-shot wide of Duke's near post.
55min: YELLOW CARD - Winfield is booked after catching Atkinson with a late tackle just inside Wycombe's own half.
49min: Matt McClure races onto a looping through-ball that threatens for a moment to get him behind City's defences. Luckily for the Bantams though, McClure's control is loose and his poor touch sees the ball bounce through to Duke.
46min: Wycombe restart the match.
HT: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bradford City 1
45+2min: Atkinson does extremely well to wriggle clear of the close attentions of three Wycombe players before driving for goal. From around 25 yards out, Atkinson strikes forward but his effort slices wide of the target.
45+1min: YELLOW CARD - Scowen is booked for a late tackle on Dickson around the halfway line.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
32min: Stewart has to be in the right place to kick clear from right in front of his own goal following Stephen Darby's dangerous delivery low across the six yard box from the byline.
31min: Davies stretches to reach a flighted wide free-kick from Reid but the defender can only head harmlessly wide of Archer's far post.
29min: Morgan drives comfortably wide of goal with a left-footed strikes from just outside the area.
27min: City force two corners in quick succession thanks to shots blocked behind by Reid and then Thompson but the threat poised by City is eventually ended when Archer claims Jones' second delivery.
21min: A half-cleared Grant cross fails into the path of Scowen but the midfielder's volley for goal from just outside the area is tame and wayward.
19min: Anthony Stewart heads a yard or so wide of Duke's near post following a Scowen corner into the heart of the penalty area.
18min: Knocking a bouncing ball past Michael Harriman, Kyel Reid takes on an ambitious drive from a fair distance out but the looping effort sails comfortably wide of Jordan Archer's goal.
13min: Dean Morgan sends a curling free-kick from around 25 yards out narrowly wide of Duke's near post.
8min: Trying to defend a Scowen delivery from a Wycombe corner, Andrew Davies accidentally heads towards his own goal while under pressure from Dave Winfield. Luckily for City though, the header lacks pace and is simple enough for Matt Duke to gather.
4min: Joel Grant threatens the City defence with a run to the byline and then a teasing cross but, stretching to reach the hanging ball, Josh Scowen can only head over the bar from around eight yards out.
1min: GOAL!!!!!!!! Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bradford City 1 - Nathan Doyle fires City into the lead with his first goal of the season! Ryan Dickson's long throw-in into the area eventually fails into the path of the midfielder, who strikes low into the bottom corner with a volley from around fourteen yards out.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match.
WYCOMBE LINE UP
Archer, Harriman, Stewart, Winfield, Dunne, Grant, Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan, McClure
Subs: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Spring, Andrade, McCoy, Kuffour
Andrade for McClure (70), Kuffour for Andrade (87)
Scowen (45+1), Winfield (55), Grant (74)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
Duke, Darby, Dickson, Nelson, Davies, Atkinson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Thompson, Gray
Subs: McLaughlin, Hanson, McHugh, Connell, Wells, Turgott, Good
Hanson for Gray (73), McHugh for Davies (87)
Referee: S Mathieson
Assistant Referee: M Wilson
Assistant Referee: R Hodges
Fourth Official: C Powell