at the Matchroom Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bradford City 1 (Mclean 27)
Leyton Orient 0
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 29 March 2014
Attendance: 5,165 (626 visitors)
Phil Parkinson's battling Bantams produced a brilliant display to stun promotion-chasing Leyton Orient and secure a morale-boosting victory.
Aaron Mclean's finish direct from a Gary Jones corner just before the half hour mark, coupled with a superb performance full of discipline and determination from Parkinson's men, proved enough to pick up the eye-catching win.
Mclean's strike partner Jon Stead made his debut for the Bantams after signing on loan on Thursday.
After Mclean's goal had taken them into the interval in the lead, City had to complete the job in the second half without the presence of Parkinson in the dug-out after the City chief and Orient's assistant manager Kevin Nugent were sent to the stands following a half time altercation.
The whole issue began after Orient had felt they had been denied a penalty when Dean Cox's shot appeared to hit Andrew Davies' arm inside the area. The shot did seem to strike Davies' arm but, crucially, referee Mr Phillips had blow up a couple of seconds earlier for half time.
With the game still at 0-0, Adam Drury had to be withdrawn due to a knee injury sustained in the first half and is now a doubt for Tuesday's match at Coventry City.
FT: Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 1
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: SUB – The Bantams bring on Matthew Bates for Mclean.
87min: Thompson has another chance to get a strike on goal when in space just inside the area but his toe-poke is turned around the near post by Jamie Jones.
86min: City have good chance to grab a second when Jones play Thompson into space on a Bantams counter-attack. Thompson’s low angled drive across goal is well-struck but Jamie Jones does well to get down to his right to turn the shot away.
85min: YELLOW CARD – Following a break in play, referee Mr Phillips books Reach for an earlier clip on Cuthbert.
79min: Batt drives forward with menace – surging past a couple of City players in the process – before curling a shot from the edge of the penalty area narrowly over the bar.
79min: SUB – Leyton Orient bring on Chris Dagnall for Lisbie.
75min: SUB – The Bantams bring on Garry Thompson for Stead. Thompson will partner Mclean in attack now.
72min: Cox stretches to reach Odubajo’s far post cross but he can only head comfortably wide.
70min: SUBS – Leyton Orient bring on Lloyd James and Shaun Batt for Lundstram and Mooney respectively.
64min: Mclean and Baudry both need a spot of treatment after clashing heads while challenging for the ball in the air.
61min: Gary Jones takes aim from around 25 yards and lets rip with a forceful drive that Jamie Jones in the Orient pushes out.
60min: YELLOW CARD – McHugh is booked taking out Odubajo with a late tackle as the Orient winger knocked the ball past him.
59min: McHugh attacks Jones’ corner delivery and sends a header narrowly over the bar.
55min: YELLOW CARD – McArdle is booked now for holding back David Mooney after the striker had tried to wriggle clear off the defender’s advances and run towards City’s penalty area.
47min: Obudajo plays Lisbie into shooting space at an angle but McLaughlin does well to close down the angle by the near post and smother Lisbie’s effort behind for a corner.
46min: Leyton Orient kick off the second half.
HT: Due to a half-time altercation, it is understood that both Phil Parkinson and Orient assistant Kevin Nugent have been sent to the stands.
HT: Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 1
45+2min: A slightly controversial moment here at the Matchroom Stadium as a shot from Cox from outside the area appears to strike the arm of Davies inside the area. The home side appeal for a penalty but it turns out referee Mr Phillips had already blown up for half-time. The home supporters howl in displeasure as the two teams go down the tunnel to begin the half-time interval.
41min: Bennett tees up Matthew Dolan for a shot but the midfielder’s strike from around 25 yards out sails wide of Jamie Jones’ near post.
39min: Ness’ in-swinging delivery from the free-kick that follows finds Baudry but the defender can only prod over the bar from around eight yards out.
38min: YELLOW CARD – Andrew Davies is booked for hauling back Lisbie out on Orient’s right flank after the striker had spun away from him.
33min: City have a great chance for a second when Adam Reach leads a quick break forward. Supported by Kyle Bennett and Stead, Reach drives forward with purpose towards the box. A completely unmarked Bennett is probably in the best place to receive the pass but Reach instead picks out Stead, who sees his angled strike from inside the area blocked by a recovering Clarke.
27min: GOAL!!!!!! Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 1 – City have the lead through Aaron Mclean! Gary Jones’ corner delivery picks out the on-rushing Mclean, who slams the ball into the roof of the net from around six yards out.
26min: Reach latches onto the ball after a long kick from McLaughlin is headed into his path but the winger’s shoot from just inside the area bounces a good yard or so across goal.
24min: Odubajo’s hanging cross to the far post is helped on by McLaughlin but only into the path of the lurking Cox. The diminutive winger instantly plays the ball back across goal towards Scott Cuthbert but the defender sees his prodded effort saved by a sprawling McLaughlin.
23min: Odubajo sprints clears down Orient’s right flank before whipping over a teasing cross that Darby has to put behind to stop Lisbie from potentially pouncing by the far post.
22min: Jon Stead beats Mathieu Baudry to McHugh’s long ball forward but Orient ‘keeper Jamie Jones, who has rushed from his area, just beats the striker to the ball and the hosts can clear.
21min: SUB – Unfortunately following his injury knock, Drury is now replaced by Carl McHugh.
14min: Lisbie plays a one-two with Cox down Leyton Orient’s left flank but the striker’s toe-poked cross-come-shot sails into the side-netting by McLaughlin’s near post.
11min: Adam Drury requires some treatment after taking a blow after City see off the threat from a Dean Cox corner. Despite initially looking in a bit of pain, Drury is soon able to continue.
9min: Jamie Ness’ flighted far post corner is headed a yard or so wide by the lurking Nathan Clarke.
5min: Rory McArdle’s clearance from a Moses Odubajo cross into the area falls invitingly into the path of the unmarked Kevin Lisbie. From around fourteen yards out, Lisbie strikes low with a drive that beats Jon McLaughlin but, crucially, is kicked clear by Stephen Darby, who is positioned just in front of his own goal.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match.
LEYTON ORIENT LINE UP
Jones, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Sawyer, Odubajo, Lundstram, Ness, Cox, Mooney, Lisbie
Subs: Larkins, Omozusi, James, Dagnall, Simpson, Lasimant, Batt
Leyton Orient changes:
James for Lundstram (70), Batt for Mooney (70), Dagnall for Lisbie (79)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Bennett, Dolan, Jones, Reach, Stead, Mclean
Subs: Bentley, Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, De Vita, Bates, Stockdill
Bradford City changes:
McHugh for Drury (21), Thompson for Stead (75), Bates for Mclean (88)
Bradford City cautions:
Davies (38), McArdle (55), McHugh (60), Reach (85)
Referee: D Phillips
Assistant Referee: A Young
Assistant Referee: I Rathbone
Fourth Official: D Blunden