Kick Off: 7.45pm
Burton Albion 0
Bradford City 2 (Reid 13, Burke 28)
Sky Bet League 1
Tuesday 8 March 2016
Attendance: 17,500 (222 visitors)
Phil Parkinson's Bantams put in a superb lung-busting effort to deservedly defeat league leaders Burton Albion at the Coral Windows Stadium this Tuesday evening.
First half goals from Kyel Reid and Reece Burke capped off a superb display from Parkinson's men in the opening period. The scoreline could have been even greater for City at the interval but Tony McMahon headed wide from close range from a Lee Evans free-kick shortly after Burke's goal.
Burton had their spells of territory pressure after the break but City actually came the closest to adding to the scoring again when McMahon's penalty eleven minutes from the end was saved by former Bantams 'keeper Jon McLaughlin.
With the recalled Jamie Proctor and Billy Clarke leading the attack, City started the game at lightning pace, closing down their title-chasing opponents and forcing them onto the back-foot.
The Bantams' opening goal took only thirteen minutes in coming when Billy Clarke played Reid into space inside the box and the winger lashed an unstoppable angled drive past McLaughlin.
One became two for City just before the half hour mark when McMahon's quick free-kick gave Billy Clarke the chance to shoot, his shot was parried by McLaughlin but Reece Burke was on hand to tap home the rebound.
As expected, Burton played with a greater urgency in the second period in an attempt to get back into the game but with City still keeping their intensity levels high, they were able to keep the table-toppers at arms' length for the most part.
The scoreline could have looked even more comfortable for Parkinson's side when John Mousinho was penalised for handball in the box but McLaughlin guessed right and pushed McMahon's resulting penalty around the post.
City weren't to be denied, however, as they saw out the remaining minutes in the game to register a win that now puts them level with Barnsley in the final Play-Off spot in Sky Bet League 1.
FT: Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 0
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Marshall for Reid.
89min: Cansdell-Sherriff sends a downward header wide of Williams' far post following Duffy's cross into the box.
87min: Duffy's cross into the box eventually drops at the feet of Akins over by the far side but his fierce strike for goal is bravely blocked by the diving frame of Darby.
83min: YELLOW CARD - Meredith is booked for taking too long over the taking of a City throw-in deep inside Burton territory.
80min: SUBS - Burton bring on Mason Bennett and Tom Flanagan for Beavon and Mousinho respectively.
79min: PENALTY.... SAVED! McMahon fires low to the 'keeper's left but McLaughlin guesses right and pushes the effort around the post.
79min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS! Cullen's cross into the box is headed down by Proctor into the path of Billy Clarke but the ball hits the hand of Mousinho, leading to referee Mr Kettle awarding a spot-kick.
77min: Evans picks out McMahon in space just inside the box but the midfielder's angled drive is blocked behind by Damien McCrory. McMahon appeals for handball but only a corner is given.
76min: Reid's low cross into the box is collected by Proctor and then laid off towards Evans but the Welshman is robbed of the ball around the edge of the box by Choudhury just as he looked to try and get a shot away.
75min: Duffy's deflected drive from outside the box bounces up into Williams' hands.
74min: Meredith has to receive some treatment after taking a blow to the face following an aerial challenge with Akins but he is soon able to continue.
73min: YELLOW CARD - Beavon is booked for catching Nathan Clarke with a late challenge as he cleared up field.
65min: Billy Clarke fires wide of goal with a low drive from outside the Burton penalty box.
63min: Choudhury tries his luck from roughly 25 yards out but the low effort rolls harmlessly wide of Williams' goal.
58min: As City battle to clear their lines from a Duffy corner, Butcher sets the ball back to Mousinho but the defender's fierce drive from just outside the box goes wide of Williams' near post.
54min: SUB - Burton bring on Hamza Choudhury for Robbie Weir.
54min: Billy Clarke sends over a cross but Reid's downward header on the stretch drops comfortably wide of McLaughlin's near post.
53min: Nathan Clarke neatly dispossesses Beavon of the ball inside City's half of the pitch before the defender picks out Proctor with a superb searching ball from deep. Proctor controls the ball before driving into the box and firing in a half-volley that flies wide.
52min: Reid tries his luck with a low strike from distance that takes a touch off John Mousinho on its way through into McLaughlin's gloves.
49min: Beavon is released into space down City's right flank before the striker whips in a cross which is met by Butcher but his glancing header drops comfortably wide of Williams' goal.
46min: The Bantams start the second half.
HT: Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 0
45+2min: Edwards' cross into the box finds Akins in space but Williams in the City goal is able to watch the Burton attacker's header go wide.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the half.
45min: The ball bounces into Proctor's path a few yards outside the box. Proctor goes for an effort on the half-volley but his looping shot sails comfortably over.
45min: Beavon plays the ball across the six yard box after getting in space inside City's penalty area but Nathan Clarke is crucially on hand clear the danger from right under the nose of Butcher.
43min: Duffy's free-kick from deep into the box isn't cleanly claimed by Williams, allowing Lucas Akins to eventually play the ball back into the middle for Beavon. The Burton attacker strikes for goal but Williams saves strongly by his near post.
32min: A wide free-kick delivery from Evans makes its way all the way through to McMahon lurking by the far post but he can only head wide from close range as the ball bounces wide. A better connection there from McMahon and City could have scored a third!
28min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 0 - Reece Burke doubles City's lead! McMahon plays a short free-kick into Billy Clarke, who spins just inside the box before firing in a low curling drive towards the far bottom corner. McLaughlin gets a hand on the shot to push it away but Burke is on hand to fire home into the unguarded net from close range.
26min: YELLOW CARD - Phil Edwards is booked for Burton after bringing down Reid as the winger looked to burst forward into space just inside the Brewers' territory. Edwards appears to injury himself in the tackle and requires a spot of treatment before he is eventually able to continue.
23min: Proctor beats McLaughlin in the air to reach Reid's cross into the box first before sending a looping header comfortably over. Proctor is flagged for offside as he heads the ball though.
20min: Burton threaten on the attack when Stuart Beavon gets the better of Nathan Clarke to run into space behind City's back-line. Beavon plays the ball square to Calum Butcher just inside the box but the midfielder's drive for goal is superbly blocked by a diving tackle from Josh Cullen. The ball breaks free to Mark Duffy but his shot is saved by Ben Williams before City can eventually kick clear.
17min: Proctor sends a looping header up and onto the roof of McLaughlin's net from the wide Tony McMahon delivery that followed.
16min: YELLOW CARD - Damien McCrory is booked for catching Billy Clarke with a high boot as the City striker looked to bring down a bouncing ball and run clear down the right wing.
13min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Burton Albion 0 - Kyel Reid slams City into the lead! Billy Clarke finds himself in a pocket of space just outside the box before the Irishman drives forward and plays in Reid. Positioned wide of goal and roughly fourteen yards out, the winger lets rip with a fierce angled drive that whistles past McLaughlin and into the net.
3min: Nathan Clarke flicks on Lee Evans' long throw-in into the box before Jamie Proctor heads onto the roof of Jon McLaughlin's net from close range. Proctor is flagged offside though as he makes contact with the ball.
0min: Burton kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, N Clarke, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Evans, Cullen, Reid, B Clarke, Proctor
Subs: Cracknell, Marshall, Knott, Morris, Leigh, Routis, Thomas
Bradford City substitutions:
Marshall for Reid (90)
Bradford City cautions:
BURTON ALBION LINE UP:
McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory, Weir, Naylor, Butcher, Duffy, Akins, Beavon
Subs: Bywater, Charles, Reilly, Harness, Flanagan, Bennett, Choudhury
Burton Albion substitutions:
Choudhury for Weir (54), Bennett for Beavon (80), Flanagan for Mousinho (80)
Burton Albion cautions:
McCrory (16), Edwards (26), Beavon (73)
Referee: T Kettle
Assistant Referee: B Gordon
Assistant Referee: A Miller
Fourth Official: J Bell
Assistant Referee: A Miller
Fourth Official: J Bell