Bradford City 1 (Zoko 9)
Sky Bet League 1
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Crawley Town 0
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 11,683 (45 visitors)
Francois Zoko's first goal for the Bantams on his maiden start for the club was enough to get City back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over Crawley Town.
Zoko, one of seven changes brought in by Phil Parkinson following Saturday's defeat at Peterborough United, swooped to head home Mark Yeates' cross after Crawley goalkeeper Lewis Price had misjudged the delivery.
During a bright opening from Parkinson's new-look starting line up, Christopher Routis - playing in midfield this time - could have had an opening for City's second but Gwion Edwards got back to kick clear after James Meredith's inviting cross had fallen into the Frenchman's path.
With James Hanson back in the side after missing three games with a hamstring problem, City looked to see out the game as the second half progressed.
Crawley did enjoy one promising opening to score seven minutes from the end of normal time but Izale McLeod headed wide from close range following Gavin Tomlin's well-placed cross from deep into his path.
The win for the Bantams moves them back to within a single point of Doncaster Rovers in the final Play-Off spot with a game in hand on the South Yorkshire side.
FT: Bradford City 1 Crawley Town 0
90+1min: Stead's ball across the six yard box eventually drops into the path of Sheehan over by the far side of the box but the Irishman's drive flashes wide of Price's near post.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Wood heads over the bar following a deep hanging free-kick into the box from just inside City's half of the pitch.
90min: YELLOW CARD - Stead is booked, presumably for knocking the ball away following the award of late Crawley free-kick.
86min: Yeates wins the ball in midfield before driving into the box and curling a left-footed drive which is held low to his right by Price.
85min: Sheehan's searching cross is hit over the bar by a stretching Stead over by the far post about eight yards out.
83min: Tomlin sends over a teasing cross from deep and McLeod somehow flicks a header wide of Pickford's goal from close range - a good chance goes begging for the visitors there.
77min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Billy Knott for Dolan.
76min: Yeates' free-kick from deep into the area is headed on by Gary MacKenzie. Ward knocks the MacKenzie header up in the air and the ball drops nicely for Sheehan, who volleys wide of Price's near post from around twelve yards out.
72min: McLeod sees a strike from the edge of the area deflect narrowly wide of Pickford's far post.
71min: SUB - Crawley bring on Ryan Dickson for Young.
70min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Jon Stead for Zoko.
70min: SUB - Crawley bring on Dean Morgan for Pogba.
69min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Alan Sheehan for Routis.
67min: Gavin Tomlin strikes for goal from outside the box but the effort goes a good yard or so wide of Pickford's far post.
62min: Zoko fires in a strike from inside Crawley's penalty area but the drive is kicked away from right in front of his own goal by Ward.
59min: Pogba tees up Fowler but the midfielder's drive from just outside the box flashes wide of goal.
57min: Following McArdle's header out from a Ward long ball into the box, Wordsworth tries to strike for goal but his drive from outside the box bounces harmlessly wide.
53min: After picking up the ball outside the area, Halliday surges into the box before firing in a rising drive from an angle that whistles past Price's near post.
46min: Crawley restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 1 Crawley Town 0
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: Edwards fires in a powerful strike from just outside the box after Young's crossed had been cleared by the winger's rising drive flies a good distance over Pickford's bar.
43min: Gwion Edwards beats Stephen Darby for pace over by Crawley's left flank but the Welshman's low drive into the six yard box is held by Pickford at his near post.
42min: Hanson takes aim from just outside the box after Zoko had grappled hold of possession but the giant striker's left-footed drive is scuffed well wide of its intended target as it goes nearer the corner flag than Price's goal.
41min: McLeod turns into shooting space just inside the area but his rising angled drive flashes comfortably high and wide of Pickford's far post.
39min: Lee Fowler's effort direct from a free-kick just outside the box is pushed away by Pickford.
37min: After Yeates' free-kick delivery from by the byline is initially cleared, Matthew Dolan looks to fire the ball back goalwards but his half-volley forwards loops over Price's crossbar.
29min: YELLOW CARD - Pogba is deservedly booked for pulling Meredith back after the left back had spun away from him and looked to power down City's left flank.
26min: Hanson flicks on Yeates' clipped ball into the middle and Richard Wood has to head over his own crossbar for a corner to clear the danger posed by the attack.
25min: Young crosses the ball into the area but Mathias Pogba's header goes well wide of target and Pickford can gather easily.
20min: The Kop roars for a penalty when Zoko tries to nick a bouncing ball past the body of Darren Ward inside the area. The ball looks like it could have caught Ward's arm but referee Drysdale says it hit his chest instead and waves play on.
17min: James Meredith's teasing cross into the box drops at the feet of Christopher Routis but the ball is whipped off the Frenchman's toes and out for a corner by Bradley just as he looks to strike from close range.
16min: YELLOW CARD - After initially letting play continue, referee Darren Drysdale books Sonny Bradley for trying to bring Zoko down as the Ivorian steamed into Crawley territory.
10min: McLeod shoots from just inside the box but his angled drive is straight at Pickford.
10min: Yeates crosses for Zoko but the Ivorian's looping header is held by a back-tracking Price.
9min: GOAL!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Crawley Town 0 - Francois Zoko heads City into the lead! Mark Yeates' in-swinging cross seems to be completely misjudged by Price and the Bantams loanee forward steals in head into an empty net.
6min: With the ball bouncing around Crawley's penalty area, Andy Halliday arrives on the scene but the Scotsman's low strike flies wide of the near post.
4min: A long ball forward from Anthony Wordsworth plays Izale McLeod into a pocket of space behind City's back-line. With Rory McArdle for company though, McLeod shoots for goal from just inside the box but the bouncing drive is comfortable for Jordan Pickford.
2min: James Hanson shrugs off the attentions of Lewis Young out over on City's right flank before moving into the area and firing in a low angled drive that Lewis Price clings onto by his near post.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the Kop North Stand in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, MacKenzie, Meredith, Dolan, Routis, Halliday, Yeates, Zoko, Hanson
Subs: Williams, Davies, Sheehan, Clarke, Knott, Stead, Burke
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
Sheehan for Routis (69), Stead for Zoko (70), Knott for Dolan (77)
CRAWLEY TOWN LINE UP:
Price, Young, Ward, Wood, Bradley, Tomlin, Fowler, Wordsworth, Edwards, Pogba, McLeod
Subs: Jensen, Dickson, Smith, Morgan, Anderson, Bawling, O'Connor
Crawley Town cautions:
Bradley (16), Pogba (29)
Crawley Town changes:
Morgan for Pogba (70), Dickson for Young (71)
Referee: D Drysdale
Assistant Referee: B Cropp
Assistant Referee: R Wild
Fourth Official: R Johnson