Bradford City 2 (Burke 21, Cole 63)
Oldham Athletic 1 (Mills 82)
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 5 September 2015
at SportsDirect.com Park
Attendance: 5,619 (1,665 visitors)
Devante Cole proved City's match-winner again for the second successive Saturday as Phil Parkinson's Bantams made it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League 1.
After Reece Burke had given City the half-time lead with his first senior goal, Cole latched onto Knott's pass just after the hour mark to confidently slot past Joel Coleman for his second Bradford goal.
Oldham, who had Jonathan Forte sent off in the first period for a head-butt on Stephen Darby, pulled a goal back eight minutes from the end through a header from Joe Mills but Parkinson's men hung on for a deserved win.
FT: Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 2
90min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Tony McMahon for Knott.
89min: YELLOW CARD - O'Connell is booked for bringing down James just inside Oldham's half of the pitch.
87min: Murphy heads over following Jones' curling delivery into the area.
86min: Winchester curls wide with an effort from just outside the box.
85min: SUB: The Bantams bring on Paul Anderson for Marshall.
82min: YELLOW CARD - Hanson is booked for a foul on Wilson just outside Oldham's penalty area as the pair challenge for the ball in the air.
82min: GOAL - Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 2 - The hosts pull a goal back when an unmarked Mills heads home from Yeates' curling delivery into the area.
79min: SUB - Oldham bring Carl Winchester for Dunn.
78min: Morris tries his luck from outside the box but his looping drive goes comfortably over the bar.
78min: Yeates' teasing delivery into the area finds Murphy in a decent position but his weak header is held by Williams.
77min: Morris' low cross finds James in space inside the box but the striker's low angled drive goes wide of Coleman's far post.
76min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Luke James for Cole.
75min: McArdle sends a glancing header over the bar following Morris' near post corner delivery.
74min: Knott feeds Morris into space just inside Oldham's penalty area following a burst forward from the midfielder. Morris' angled drive across goal is pushed out by Coleman before Jones taps behind for a corner just ahead of a lurking Cole.
73min: Hanson stretches back to connect with Morris' low cross into the area but the striker first time effort on the half volley goes high and wide behind Coleman's goal.
71min: SUB - Oldham bring on Rhys Murphy for Burn.
68min: The ball bounces kindly into the path of Morris just outside the area. The midfielder goes for the half-volley but his bouncing effort while under pressure from O'Connell flies over the bar.
63min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oldham Athletic 0 Bradford City 2 - Cole doubles City's lead in the match! Cole latches onto Knott's well-timed through-ball and the forward confidently slots past Coleman from an angle about eight yards out.
62min: Williams hangs onto Yeates' direct free-kick on goal from 25 yards out.
58min: Philliskirk latches onto a lofted pass into the box but a watchful Darby gets his body in the way of the attacker's path to goal. The defender eventually does just enough to prevent Philliskirk getting a strike in and the ball instead rolls into the path of Williams.
58min: Dunn bursts through City's back four but he doesn't have the pace to continue on his run towards the box and a recovering Burke can get back and dispossess the Oldham attacker.
57min: Dunn picks up the ball in space before curling in a strike from juts outside the area straight at Williams.
55min: Yeates has to head behind for a corner to prevent Morris from connecting from close range following Marshall's hanging cross towards the far post.
54min: With Morris completely unmarked in the middle just outside the box, Cole bursts into the area before firing in a rising strike over the bar.
52min: Turner has a swipe before the ball pops up into the path of the grounded O'Connell, who flicks out a leg and sees his close range effort float harmlessly high and wide.
46min: Oldham begin the second half.
HT SUB: Oldham bring on Rhys Turner for Dieng just before the restart.
HT: Oldham Athletic 0 Bradford City 1
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
45min: Close again from Hanson! Burke's ball back into the box after the resulting corner is initially cleared is put back across goal by a header from Marshall. Hanson looks set to pounce with a header of his own but his effort for goal is blocked from close range by the frame of Eoghan O'Connell.
44min: So close from Hanson! Morris' inviting cross into the box finds the unmarked Hanson but his header from around eight yards out in the middle is tipped over by Coleman!
38min: Knott fires narrowly wide of Coleman's near post with a low drive from around 25 yards out.
33min: RED CARD - Drama here at SportsDirect.com Park as Jonathan Forte is given a straight red card for thrusting his head into the face of Darby.
32min: YELLOW CARD - Gary Liddle is booked for catching David Dunn with a late tackle around the halfway line.
31min: With Marshall pressuring Joe Mills deep inside Oldham's half, the left back is forced to pass back to Coleman, who is closed down by Hanson and then Cole. As the two strikers go to hound the Oldham shot-stopper, Coleman just manages to get enough space inside the box to hurriedly kick clear.
29min: Jones' free-kick delivery into the area from a distance out leads to one or two struggles in the City defence to clear their lines. Stephen Darby eventually ends the period of pressure by heading behind for a corner.
24min: The City bench scream for a penalty after Cole goes down just inside the box under a challenge from James Wilson. Cole found his way into the box after showing some impressive pace to burst forward and leave two Oldham defenders in his wake. Just as Cole looked set to shoot, however, his progress is halted by Wilson with a diving tackle. On first glance, it seems the young striker may have be clipped but referee Mr Mark Heywood clearly thought the Oldham skipper had got something on the ball and lets play continue.
21min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Oldham Athletic 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams take the lead through Reece Burke! Coleman seems to have some difficulty dealing with Morris' flighted free-kick delivery into the box and Mark Marshall lays the ball off to Burke, who fires through a crowd of players low into the net.
19min: Mike Jones' direct free-kick from roughly 25 yards out is comfortably held by Ben Williams.
13min: YELLOW CARD - Danny Philliskirk is booked for catching Morris with a late tackle just inside Oldham's half of the pitch.
9min: Oldham keep the pressure on City following the award of a home corner. Oldham's greatest threat during the spell comes from a teasing Mark Yeates cross into the six yard box which is headed away from the danger zone by Rory McArdle.
3min: James Meredith's cross into the area flicks off the head of Timothee Dieng before James Hanson behind heads over from around twelve yards out.
1min: Josh Morris tries to catch out Joel Coleman at his near post from a wide free-kick but the Oldham goalkeeper is alert and manages to tip the low effort around the post.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Coleman, O'Connell, J Wilson, Burn, Mills, Dieng, Philliskirk, Jones, Yeates, Dunn, Forte
Subs: Cornell, Brown, Winchester, Turner, Murphy, Edmundson, Tuohy
Oldham Athletic changes:
Turner for Dieng (46), Murphy for Burn (71), Winchester for Dunn (79)
Oldham Athletic cautions:
Philliskirk (13), O'Connell (89)
Oldham Athletic dismissals:
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, Marshall, Liddle, Knott, Morris, Hanson, Cole
Subs: Jones, N Clarke, Leigh, Davies, Anderson, McMahon, James
Bradford City changes:
James for Cole (76), Anderson for Marshall (85), McMahon for Knott (89)
Bradford City cautions:
Liddle (32), Hanson (82)
Liddle (32), Hanson (82)
Referee: M Heywood
Assistant Referee: W Smallwood
Assistant Referee: R Atkin
Assistant Referee: R Atkin
Fourth Official: M Hanley