Kick Off: 3.00pm
Tranmere Rovers 1 (Lowe 69)
Bradford City 0
Sky Bet League 1
Sunday 13 October 2013
Attendance: 14,674 (430 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Claire Epton
The defeat, only City's second of the league campaign, also sees Parkinson's men fail to find the net for the first time in the league this season.
The almost constant time-wasting by Fon Williams at every Tranmere goal-kick in the second period - even before Lowe's opener - was another source of frustration to those on the Bradford bench.
The strange decision not to red card Goodison was one of a number of things that annoyed the City camp, with the Bantams also having three penalty shouts turned down in the first half.
Despite City's protests though, the match official chose only to caution Goodison after consulting with his fourth official.
Looking to shield the ball out of play right in front of the dug-outs, Goodison appeared to lead with his elbow in an attempt to prevent Reid from stopping Tranmere getting a throw-in.
The game could have been a largely different affair if referee Darren Drysdale had spotted a clear elbow on Kyel Reid by Rovers captain Ian Goodison midway into the first half.
Although not at their best, City still could have snatched a share of the spoils in the game's closing stages as substitute Caleb Folan and Gary Jones were both denied by Tranmere 'keeper Owain Fon Williams.
A single Ryan Lowe goal just over twenty minutes from the end was enough to give Tranmere a barely-deserved three-point haul as the visitors saw off late City pressure to pick up only their second league win of the season. The Bantams suffered their first home defeat of the season at the hands of Tranmere Rovers on a frustrating afternoon for Phil Parkinson's men.
: Watkins, Horwood, Rowe, Bell-Baggie, Stockton, Sodje, MorrisSubs
Fon Williams, Holmes, Goodison, Taylor, McNulty, Kirby, Hateley, Atkinson, Power, Ridehalgh, Lowe
TRANMERE ROVERS LINE UP
Hanson (29), Thompson (59), Folan (85)
: Bradford City cautions
Folan for Thompson (67), Connell for Oliver (75), De Vita for Kennedy (87)
Bradford City changes:
: Ripley, Gray, McHugh, Connell, Folan, De Vita, Bates Subs
McLaughlin, Darby, Oliver, Meredith, Doyle, Thompson, Kennedy, Jones, Reid, Yeates, Hanson
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the Kop Stand in the first half.
0min: A headed James Hanson flick-on from a free-kick kicked forward by Jon McLaughlin presents Mark Yeates with a shooting chance inside the penalty area. Yeates looks to take on the opportunity first time but he misses the ball with his attempted volley from around the penalty spot and Tranmere Rovers can clear. 2min:
Ryan Lowe receives a pass inside the area from Jake Kirby but, with the striker under pressure from both Nathan Doyle and James Meredith, he can only shoot comfortably wide of McLaughlin's goal. 11min:
After initially failing to get a clear connection his header following Meredith's cross into the box, Hanson helps the ball back into the mix with a hook over his head. Garry Thompson can't quite get onto the ball but Stephen Darby behind him steams in to connect with a half-volley that flies a yard or so over the bar. 12min:
Jim McNulty is booked for catching Darby out on City's right flank as the full back looked to play a one-two with Thompson. 16min: YELLOW CARD -
The vast majority of City fans, plus the entire Bradford bench, are up in arms after Ian Goodison appears to catch Kyel Reid in the face with an elbow as he looks to shield the ball out of play just in front of the dug-outs. 26min:
: After consulting with his fourth official, referee Darren Drysdale only books Goodison - much to the annoyance and bemusement of Bantams boss Phil Parkinson. YELLOW CARD: 27min
Hanson is booked for catching Goodison with a late tackle just inside Tranmere's own half. 29min: YELLOW CARD:
City fans are going berserk again as they appeal for what they feel is a penalty when Yeates seems to be brought down inside the area after a coming together with Ash Taylor. Referee Drysdale waves play on, however, as the Bradford support howl their displeasure at the non-award. 35min:
McLaughlin produces a smart save low to his left to push away a header from Chris Atkinson after the midfielder had stole in to connect with Liam Ridehalgh's cross into the Bantams area.
41min: There will four minutes of time added on at the end of the first half. 45min:
McLaughlin has to reach up and push away a clipped free-kick from wide by Jim McNulty as it threatens to come close to the far corner of his goal. HT: Bradford City 0 Tranmere Rovers 0
Tranmere restart the match. 46min:
Lowe's cushioned pass into Max Power just outside the area allows the midfielder to get in a low drive that whistles a yard or so wide of McLaughlin's goal. 46min:
A run forward and drive from outside the area by Kirby results in the winger sending the bar a yard or so over the bar with a rising drive. 51min:
Goodison makes a crucial sliding tackle by the near post to cut out Reid's low cross and prevent Thompson from a strike on goal inside the six yard box. 57min:
Thompson is booked for bringing down McNulty with a sliding challenge just inside Tranmere's own half. 59min: YELLOW CARD -
A quick throw-in from Thompson frees Reid into yards and yards of space to run into in Tranmere's half of the pitch. Reid runs forward until he reaches the edge of the penalty box when he fires in a low drive that Owain Fon Williams clings onto low to his right. 64min:
Yeates lets rip with a drive from outside the area that sails well wide of its intended target. 66min:
The Bantams bring on Caleb Folan for Thompson. Folan will now support Hanson in attack with Yeates moving out onto the right wing. 67min: SUB -
Reid fires in rising drive from around 20 yards out that sails only a yard or so over the top corner of Fon Williams' goal. 69min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Tranmere Rovers 1 - City fall behind when Lowe latches onto a long ball over the top and beats McLaughlin with a low angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Kennedy sends a looping half-volley from the edge of the penalty area narrowly over Fon Williams' bar. 72min:
The Bantams bring on Alan Connell for Oliver. City will now line up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Connell playing just behind Folan and Hanson. 75min: SUB -
Yeates takes on Ridehalgh out on City's right flank before clipping over a far post cross that drops onto the top of the crossbar before bouncing out for a goal-kick. 78min:
Tranmere bring on Evan Horwood for McNulty. 78min: SUB -
Tranmere bring on Abdulai Bell-Baggie for Kirby. 81min: SUB -
After seemingly time-wasting all of the second half by taking his time over goal-kicks, Fon Williams is eventually booked for his delaying tactics by referee Drysdale. 83min: YELLOW CARD -
Folan is booked for bringing down Ridehalgh with a late sliding challenge as the Tranmere man went to kick the ball up field. 85min: YELLOW CARD -
The Bantams bring on Raffaele De Vita for Kennedy. 87min: SUB -
City survive a moment of panic in their final third when McLaughlin has trouble dealing with a back-pass from Doyle while under pressure from Lowe. Thanks to the presence of Doyle and Gary Jones though, City do eventually clear their lines. 88min:
Fon Williams denies Folan with a brilliant save down low to his left to push away a header from the striker that was surely heading for the bottom corner following Reid's cross into the box. 88min:
There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match. 90min:
Tranmere bring on Cole Stockton for Lowe. 90+2min: SUB -
Jones' header for goal is blocked at point blank range by Fon Williams after Folan had knocked a long ball forward from Darby into his path. 90+5min:
FT: Bradford City 0 Tranmere Rovers 1
Tranmere Rovers changes:
Horwood for McNulty (78), Bell-Baggie for Kirby (81), Stockton for Lowe (85)
Tranmere Rovers cautions:
McNulty (16), Goodison (27), Fon Williams (83)
Fourth Official: James Wilson
Assistant Referee: Kevin Mulraine
Assistant Referee: Barry Gordon
Referee: Darren Drysdale