Kick Off: 3.00pm
Oldham Athletic 0
Bradford City 1 (McMahon 50)
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 16 January 2016
Attendance: 18,552 (992 visitors)
Tony McMahon's fourth goal of the season proved enough to send City back to winning ways in their first home game of 2016.
McMahon swooped to connect with James Meredith's cross early into the second period and drop a looping header over the head of Oldham 'keeper Joel Coleman and into the opposite corner of his goal.
McMahon's match-winning effort came after Oldham substitute defender Connor Brown was given a straight red card for a lunge on Kyel Reid shortly before the break.
James Hanson and City sub Josh Morris had chances to increase the Bantams' lead following McMahon's opener while Christopher Routis, playing in central midfield, went close to scoring from distance after Coleman had left his area.
In the end though, a fine reaction save from Ben Williams, who had already produced a smart stop to deny Jake Cassidy in the first half, was required to secure victory as the City shot-stopper blocked a close range Liam Kelly header from a late Oldham corner.
FT: Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 0
90+4min: YELLLOW CARD - Cole is booked for a tackle on Kelly as the Oldham man tried to get the ball into City's half.
90+4min: Kelly's close header from a far post corner delivery by Jones is brilliantly saved thanks to a great reaction save from Williams.
90+2min: Marshall receives the ball wide just inside the box before firing in a rising angled drive that flashes over by Coleman's near post.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: YELLOW CARD - Evans is booked for a late tackle on Jones midway into City's half of the pitch.
89min: Evans' wide free-kick delivery from near the corner flag is claimed by a back-pedaling Coleman, who does just enough to ensure he doesn't take the ball over his line.
87min: Jones' free-kick from deep into the box is helped back into the mix by James Wilson but Brian Wilson's follow-up header is straight at Williams.
85min: Hanson meets Stephen Darby's cross into the box but his glancing header sails a good distance wide of Coleman's goal.
82min: Marshall's hanging cross from the right is met by the head of a stretching Hanson, who is able to knock the ball down into the mix. Cole is quickly onto the loose ball to beat Coleman but his flick for goal from close range goes into the side-netting.
81min: With Oldham on the attack, Brian Wilson fires the ball across the six yard box with a cushioned half-volley but Nathan Clarke is in the right position to make the important clearance.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Marshall for Routis.
79min: YELLOW CARD - Meredith is booked for taking too long over a City throw, something with also results in the throw-in going to Oldham instead.
75min: Evans' ball from deep has Hanson in behind Oldham's defence but Coleman is out quickly to smother and the ball eventually hits off the City striker before rolling out for a goal-kick.
73min: Morris ends the better of James Wilson to latch onto Cole's forward pass into the box. Morris takes his aim before firing in a rising drive from an angle that narrowly goes over by Coleman's near post.
70min: Hanson is picked out inside the box following a quick City free-kick from wide but the striker's looping header goes narrowly over.
66min: The ball bounces into the path of McMahon a few yards outside the box and his looping half-volley drops not too far wide of Coleman's goal.
66min: SUB - Oldham bring on Dominic Poleon for Rhys Murphy.
63min: SUB - Oldham bring on Jonathan Forte for Winchester.
63min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Devante Cole for Billy Clarke.
62min: A loose ball just outside the box falls into the path of Billy Clarke but his right-footed drive is lashed over the bar.
61min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Josh Morris for Reid.
60min: Lafferty's low ball into the middle eventually drops into the path of Winchester just outside the area but his drive for goal is blocked by the frame of Nathan Clarke. From Oldham's next attack, Cassidy is played into space in a wide position inside the area but his centre flashes across City's penalty box.
58min: YELLOW CARD - Carl Winchester is booked for grabbing hold of the ball as he slipped over while in possession.
57min: As City counter an Oldham attack, Evans tries to play Reid into space in behind Oldham's defence. Coleman is quickly out of his box to beat Reid to the ball but his clearance lands at the feet of Routis. The Frenchman goes for goal from all of 45 yards out but his effort drops just over the bar.
57min: Laffetrty's dangerous centre across the six yard box is vitaly cleared by a well-positioned Rory McArdle.
56min: Jones' free-kick from just outside the box is blocked by the City wall. As the Bantams try to clear their lines, the ball eventually falls into the path of Jones again and his strike from outside the area takes a slight deflection on its way behind for an Oldham corner.
50min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 0 - McMahon heads City into the lead! Meredith's hanging cross towards the far post is attacked with purpose by McMahon and the ball loops over Coleman's head and into the opposite corner of his goal.
47min: Kelly tries his luck from some distance out but his low effort bounces comfortably wide of Williams' far post.
46min: Oldham restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Oldham Athletic 0
45+1min: James Meredith's low ball into the box finds Hanson but the striker's goal-bound strike from only yards out is crucially blocked by a diving tackle from Dieng.
45min: There will be three minutes added on at the end of the first half.
40min: RED CARD - Oldham are down to ten men after substitute Brown is given a straight red for a fierce challenge on Reid just inside the visitors' half of the pitch.
40min: Oldham go close after the ball drops into the path of Jake Cassidy inside the area following build up play from Mike Jones and then Daniel Lafferty. Cassidy flicks the bouncing ball goalwards with the outside of his boot but Ben Williams produces a smart save on the stretch to push the effort away.
39min: Billy Clarke finds himself in shooting space inside the box but his eventual effort on goal is blocked. The ball drops out to Reid outside the area but he slips as he makes contact, sending his strike sailing high and wide into the Oldham fans behind the goal.
28min: McMahon fizzes over a wide free-kick delivery towards the far post but the ball is just out of the reach of the stretching Nathan Clarke by the byline and it goes out for a goal-kick.
26min: The Bantams bench appeal for a penalty as Hanson appears to get nudged over in the box as he tries to get his head onto a McMahon cross into the box. Much to the annoyance of Phil Parkinson and his staff, however, nothing is given.
25min: SUB - Oldham bring on Connor Brown for Cameron Dummigan.
21min: Routis is picked out by a cross-field pass from Lee Evans but the ball seems to bobble up at him as he tries to control it. As a result, the Frenchman can only send a looping half-volley from outside the box comfortably over the bar as he is closed down by Liam Kelly.
19min: Reid runs at Timothee Dieng over on City's left flank before checking back onto his right foot and firing in a low ball that only nestles harmlessly into the side-netting by Coleman's near post.
17min: YELLOW CARD - McMahon is booked for a late challenge on James Wilson just inside Oldham's half of the pitch.
14min: Christopher Routis picks out Reid in space inside Oldham half of the pitch, allowing the winger the opportunity to turn and run towards the visitors' penalty area. Reid surges forward at pace before firing in a low drive from just outside the box that bobbles harmlessly wide of Coleman's goal.
11min: Lee Evans' great pass wide finds Kyel Reid in space over by the left flank but the winger's flighted centre across the six yard box sails over everyone and out for a throw-in at the other side.
1min: Nathan Clarke's long throw-in into the box bounces into the path of Tony McMahon and his left-footed effort on the spin flashes not too far over Joel Coleman's crossbar.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, N Clarke, Meredith, McMahon, Routis, Evans, Reid, B Clarke, Hanson
Subs: Cracknell, Marshall, Liddle, Knott, Morris, James, Cole
Bradford City substitutions:
Morris for Reid (61), Cole for B Clarke (63), Marshall for Routis (80)
Bradford City cautions:
McMahon (17), Meredith (79), Evans (90), Cole (90+4)
OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Coleman, B Wilson, J Wilson, Dieng, Dummigan, Lafferty, Kelly, Jones, Winchester, Murphy, Cassidy
Subs: Cornell, Brown, Mills, Croft, Poleon, Forte, Fuller
Oldham Athletic substitutions:
Brown for Dummigan (25), Forte for Winchester (63), Poleon for Murphy (66)
Oldham Athletic cautions:
Referee: B Toner
Assistant Referee: M Edwards
Assistant Referee: M Edwards
Assistant Referee: C Akers
Fourth Official: D Benton