Wednesday 18 February 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Leyton Orient 0
Bradford City 2 (Hanson 21, 32)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Matchroom Stadium
Attendance 4,760 (644 visitors)
City moved within one point of the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off places after a hard-fought win at underachieving Leyton Orient.
A first half double from James Hanson was enough to secure City's seventh league away win of the season and move them just behind sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers with a game in hand.
Hanson's first goal was a thunderous half-volley from the edge of the box after he'd been picked out by the recalled Mark Yeates.
The striker's second - his fourth goal in City's last three league games - came about just after the half hour mark when he headed home from a wide free-kick delivery from Filipe Morais.
Orient's Romain Vincelot had actually hit the bar for the hosts in the opening stages of the game before Hanson's double as City proved the more clinical of the two sides going into the break.
Hanson and team-mate Andrew Davies would not re-emerge for the second half due to slight hamstring strains, however, leading to Francois Zoko replacing Hanson and Gary MacKenzie being handed a debut appearance for the club.
Zoko could have netted his first goal for the club early after the restart but the presence of a recovering Shane Lowry and Orient shot-stopper Alex Cisak proved enough to block the Ivorian out after he had been played through on goal by Yeates.
With City looking to see the game out, Orient enjoyed some good spells of play during the second period. Stephen Darby had to kick clear from right in front of his own goal after Dean Cox had turned Nathan Clarke's cross goal-bound.
Orient went closer six minutes from the end when Morais had to position himself perfectly to block Chris Dagnall's close range strike off the line.
Either side of those chances for Orient, Andy Halliday - another player brought back into City's starting line up by Bantams boss Phil Parkinson - could have wrapped up the points.
After being played clear down City's right flank by Morais, Halliday galloped into Orient's penalty area but his left-footed drive from around eight yards out was somehow tipped around the post by Cisak.
In the end, Hanson's first half goals gave City more than enough to hang onto as they stretched their current unbeaten run to six games.
FT: Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 2
90+3min: Picking the ball up just outside the box, Sheehan tries to catch Cisak off his line but the 'keeper moves back to cling onto his attempted lob.
90+2min: Hedges' flick for goal from Sawyers' in-swinging cross just beats the diving frame of Dagnall and instead flies into the hands of Pickford.
90+1min: Morais' low drive from outside the area is held by Cisak low to his right.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Wright's free-kick from deep drops into the path of Lowry but the defender's first time effort from just inside the area flies comfortably over the bar.
87min: SUB - Alan Sheehan comes on for Clarke.
86min: Sawyer's flighted ball into the area is headed wide of the far post by Omozusi.
84min: Off the line by Morais! Wright's flighted far post corner is eventually flicked across goal by Vincelot into Dagnall's path but the striker's close range prod is knocked off the line by Morais and into the grasp of Pickford.
83min: Hedges' effort direct from a free-kick about 25 yards is pushed around the post by Pickford.
81min: Wright plays Dagnall into a pocket of space but the striker's low angled drive across goal is held by Pickford to his right.
76min: Halliday is denied by a fine save from Cisak! After being played into space down City's right flank by Morais, the Scotsman sprints clear into the box and onto his favoured left foot but his powerful drive from around ten yards out is somehow pushed around the post by Cisak.
72min: SUB - Orient bring on Jobi McAnuff for Pritchard.
68min: Gary Sawyer's cross into the area finds Dagnall but the striker's header is some way wide of Pickford's near post.
68min: YELLOW CARD - Zoko is booked for catching Vincelot with a high foot midway into City's half of the pitch.
66min: Mooney drops the ball off to Bradley Pritchard but the midfielder's rising drive from outside the box sails over Pickford's bar.
64min: SUB - Orient bring on Josh Wright for Bartley.
63min: Zoko fires in teasing cross that narrowly whistles past Clarke and across the six yard box before bouncing out for goal-kick.
59min: A bright Orient move eventually sees the ball drop at the feet of Mooney but the striker's close range effort has the sting taken out of it by a block from Darby and Pickford can gather up.
58min: SUB - Orient bring on Ryan Hedges for Cox.
56min: As Nathan Clarke puts the ball back into the mix following an over-hit Orient corner, Cox steals in to fire the ball goalwards and an alert Stephen Darby has to be on hand to kick clear from right in front of his own goal.
53min: So close for the Bantams! After Halliday had made a great tackle to win back possession just outside Orient's penalty box, Yeates plays Zoko in with a clear shooting chance on goal. As Zoko looks fire past last-man Cisak though, Shane Lowry gets back and does just enough to prevent the Ivorian from having a clean strike at goal. The ball still breaks free to Clarke but the striker's rising drive on the half-volley is repelled by a strong hand from Cisak before Orient can eventually clear.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT SUB: City bring on Gary MacKenzie and Francois Zoko for Davies and Hanson respectively just before the start of the second half.
HT: Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 2
45+1min: McArdle meets Morais' corner delivery but his header sails up and comfortably over Cisak's bar.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
38min: Morais takes aim from just outside the box but his powerful drive flashes wide of Cisak's near post.
36min: Mooney lays the ball off to Cox but the winger's rising drive from just inside the box flashes over Pickford's bar.
35min: Cox's ball over the top has Dagnall interested as he moves towards City's penalty area. McArdle's manages to get a toe on the bouncing ball before Pickford races out of his goal to just beat the Orient striker to the attempted pass.
32min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 2 - Hanson doubles City's lead and his tally for the night! Morais' teasing free-kick delivery from wide seems to leave Cisak unsure as to whether he should come for it or not and Hanson swoops in to head home into the near bottom corner.
31min: Racing out of his area to beat Dagnall to a forward pass, Pickford's attempted kick clear deflects off Mooney before bouncing free in the middle of the pitch. Luckily for City, Gary Liddle is the nearest player to the ball and he can clear.
24min: Vincelot comes steaming in to connect with Dean Cox's corner but his downward header bounces up off the turf and straight into the clutches of Pickford.
21min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 1 - James Hanson has City into the lead with a thunderous right-footed effort from the edge of the box! Mark Yeates' flighted pass from just inside Orient's half placed Hanson in with a sight of goal and the giant forward took full advantage by crashing the ball past Cisak with a rising half-volley.
16min: Pickford is back up and able to defend the corner, which City eventually kick clear despite claims of handball against Morais as the ball pings around the Bantams' box. Dagnall is also able to continue shortly afterwards.
15min: Pickford and Chris Dagnall both now require a bit of brief treatment following the mad scramble in City's box.
15min: Orient hit the bar! Elliott Omozusi's ball into the area eventually drops into the path of Romain Vincelot, who crashes a rising strike against the underside of Pickford's bar from around ten yards out. Picking up the loose ball, Vincelot then passes across to David Mooney but the striker's effort is blocked behind for a corner by Davies.
13min: Morais is back on the pitch now.
13min: With City temporarily down to ten men as Morais continues his treatment off the pitch, Davies appears to bump into the back of Mooney as the defender comes through to head the ball. Mooney falls to the ground but no penalty is given and play continues.
10min: Morais is down and receiving treatment after catching Marvin Bartley as he made a sliding tackle to clear the ball over by Orient's left flank.
9min: Up for a Filipe Morais free-kick which is initially cleared, Andrew Davies gets his head onto a cross back into the box from Andy Halliday but the defender's connection isn't clean and Alex Cisak can move across to claim the looping ball.
5min: The ball falls into the path of Dean Cox following a free-kick from deep by Orient but the winger's half-volley from the edge of the area bounces comfortably into the gloves of Jordan Pickford.
0min: Leyton Orient kick off the match.
LEYTON ORIENT LINE UP:
Cisak, Omozusi, Clarke, Lowry, Sawyer, Pritchard, Bartley, Vincelot, Cox, Mooney, Dagnall
Subs: Grainger, Baudry, Lisbie, McAnuff, Batt, Wright, Hedges
Leyton Orient changes:
Hedges for Cox (58), Wright for Bartley (64), McAnuff for Pritchard (72)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Morais, Liddle, Halliday, Yeates, Clarke, Hanson
Subs: Williams, Sheehan, Knott, Zoko, MacKenzie, Kennedy, Routis
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
MacKenzie for Davies (46), Zoko for Hanson (46), Sheehan for Clarke (87)
Referee: T Kettle
Assistant Referee: A Crysell
Assistant Referee: G Russell
Fourth Official: I Rathbone