Saturday 28 March 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 2 (Clarke 71, 90+3)
Oldham Athletic 0
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 14,010 (1,170 visitors)
The Bantams kept their season well and truly alive with a hard-fought but deserved victory over Lancashire neighbours Oldham Athletic.
Following a keenly-contested opening forty-five, Phil Parkinson's men opened the scoring midway into the second period when Clarke pounced to convert from close range after City had kept a corner from substitute Billy Knott alive inside Oldham's box.
With the Bantams looking in control of proceedings as the game went into injury time, Parkinson's men then made certain of the points in the third minute of over-time when Clarke netted his second from just inside the box after Jon Stead's lay-off.
The only downside to City's morale-boosting win was the loss of Andrew Davies to an apparent hamstring injury early into the first period.
FT: Bradford City 2 Oldham Athletic 0
90+4min: Jones has a strike from around 30 yards out almost straight from the restart and the ambitious effort sails not too far over Williams' bar.
90+3min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Oldham Athletic 0 - Clarke surely seals it for the Bantams! After receiving the ball from Knott by the byline, Stead lays it back to Clarke and the Irish striker fires home into the far bottom corner from around fourteen yards out.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
86min: SUB - Oldham Jordan Bove for Brown.
85min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Tony McMahon for Routis.
83min: Clarke tries to catch out Coleman after receiving the ball from Knott just inside the area but the attacker's attempted lob is held onto at the second opportunity by Coleman.
82min: Gerrard has to get his head onto Knott's wide free-kick from the byline to prevent Hanson from powering in with a close range header. Clarke fires the loose ball back towards goal and his effort deflects over the bar off the boot of Forte.
82min: SUB - Oldham bring on Devante Jacobs for Philliskirk.
76min: Stead's ball across the box finds Clarke but the Irishman's low drive from around fourteen yards out is held by Coleman to his left.
74min: SUB - Oldham bring on Dominic Poleon for Woodland.
72min: Stead's teasing low ball across the six yard box is just about cling onto by Coleman with Hanson lurking behind.
71min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 0 - Clarke fires City into the lead! Knott's near post corner is flicked across goal by McArdle. Stead over by the far post keeps the ball in the mix before Hanson and MacKenzie also use their head to make sure the attack stays alive. After the numerous headers, the ball eventually drops into the path of Clarke, who back-heels into the goal from close range.
70min: Sadler's impressive first-time drive from just outside the box is turned around the post by Williams.
68min: Routis lets rip with an effort from distance but the low drive flashes comfortably wide of Coleman's net.
67min: Forte gets his head on Sadler's cross into the box but the striker's effort sails some distance wide of Williams' far post.
65min: Jones takes on a strike from outside the area but Williams is able to watch the low drive bounce comfortably past his near post.
64min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Billy Knott for Yeates.
63min: Clarke tries his luck from just outside the area but his rising drive goes over Coleman's goal.
62min: Hanson gets a glancing header onto Yeates' in-swinging cross but the effort is straight at Coleman.
61min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booked for dragging down Winchester as the Oldham midfielder looked to break forward into City's half of the pitch.
56min: A touching moment around the Coral Windows Stadium as the visiting Oldham supporters began a round of applause inside the ground by singing 'stand up for the 56' in recognition of the 56 supporters who lost their lives in the Valley Parade fire disaster nearly 30 years ago.
55min: Mike Jones' cross into the area is contested by the powerful duo of Forte and MacKenzie before the ball breaks free inside the box. Wilkinson and Carl Winchester look to get onto the loose ball, with the latter firing over the bar with a rising strike from just inside the area.
51min: Yeates' ball in behind forces Coleman to come to the edge of his own box to kick clear, narrowly beating Stead to the attempted pass in the process. With Coleman out of his goal, Clarke looks to fire the loose ball goal-wards but his first-time effort from distance on the half-volley bounces wide of the net.
47min: Williams' long kick forward from a free-kick deep inside City's half is flicked on by Hanson but Stead is eased out of it by Anthony Gerrard inside Oldham's own box before he can look to get a shot on Coleman's goal.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Oldham Athletic 0
45+1min: YELLOW CARD - Brown is booked for a late lunge on James Meredith just inside City's half of the pitch.
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
44min: Clarke plays the ball into the path of the on-rushing Liddle but the midfielder's rising drive from around twelve yards out goes narrowly over Coleman's bar.
42min: Steads fires the ball across the six yard box but the lurking Clarke and Hanson can't quite latch onto the cross it flashes across Oldham's goal.
38min: Billy Clarke latches onto Darby's cushioned ball into the box on the half-volley but the Irishman's downward header lacks the power and placement needed and goes straight into the clutches of Coleman.
27min: YELLOW CARD - Gary Liddle is booked for getting in the way of Connor Brown's free-kick and blocking the right-back's attempted pass as he looked to take a quick set-piece just inside Oldham's half of the pitch.
22min: Mark Yeates' cross-come-shot from just wide of the penalty area over on City's left flank drifts over Coleman's out-stretched hand before pinging off the top of his crossbar and out for a goal-kick.
17min: SUB - Sure enough, Davies has to be replaced by fellow centre half Gary MacKenzie.
16min: Andrew Davies is on the ground in some pain after appearing to pull up sharply while chasing after Forte following Luke Woodland's ball forward. On first glance, it seems Davies has damaged his calf or hamstring.
14min: Stead's inviting cross into the middle from the byline is headed over by James Hanson from around eight yards out.
12min: Mathew Sadler's hanging cross towards the far post nearly drops into the path of the lurking Jonathan Forte deep inside City's penalty area but Rory McArdle is on hand to vitally kick clear.
8min: Stephen Darby's long throw-in into the area eventually drops into the path of Christopher Routis and the Frenchman fires a low drive narrowly past Coleman's near post with a first time snap-shot.
8min: Billy Clarke goes for goal from around 20 yards out and his dipping half-volley has to be pushed away by Coleman to stop the effort from dropping into his goal.
5min: Jon Stead's hanging cross from the byline clips the top of Joel Coleman's crossbar but the linesman on the near-side had already flagged to say the ball had swung out of play before hitting the woodwork.
4min: Carl Winchester plays Conor Wilkinson into shooting space inside City's penalty area. Wilkinson turns back onto his favoured left-foot but the striker's drive flashes wide of Ben Williams' far post.
0min: Oldham Athletic kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Routis, Yeates, Clarke, Stead, Hanson
Subs: Alnwick, Dolan, Knott, Zoko, MacKenzie, McMahon, Mottley-Henry
Bradford City cautions:
Liddle (27), Clarke (61)
Bradford City changes:
MacKenzie for Davies (17), Knott for Yeates (64), McMahon for Routis (85)
OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Coleman, Brown, Lockwood, Gerrard, Sadler, Woodland, Winchester, Jones, Philliskirk, Forte, Wilkinson
Subs: Kean, Dieng, Poleon, B Wilson, Kusunga, Bove, Jacobs
Oldham Athletic cautions:
Oldham Athletic changes:
Poleon for Woodland (74), Jacobs for Philliskirk (82), Bove for Brown (86)
Referee: M Russell
Assistant Referee: N Hopton
Assistant Referee: M Parry
Fourth Official: D Benton