Sunday 8 May 2016
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 2 (Evans 7, B Clarke 87)
Kick Off: 12:30pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 20,807 (736 visitors)
The Bantams ended their regular season of fixtures on a high note with a comfortable home victory over Chesterfield at a sun-drenched Coral Windows Stadium.
Following his winner at Southend United last weekend, Lee Evans fired City into a deserved early lead after only seven minutes with a wonderful strike on the half-volley from distance.
Evans hit the post later in the half with a low drive from just outside the box following a lay-off from the recalled Jamie Proctor.
With City still in control for the most part, Chesterfield's Sam Hird was given a straight red card in the second period for dragging down Proctor just outside the box as the striker bore down on goal.
Billy Clarke made sure of victory three minutes before the end of normal time when Proctor played the ball across goal to give the Irishman a tap-in from close range.
The victory moves City onto 80 points for the season - the first time the club have reached the 80-mark in a single season since gaining promotion to the Premier League back in 1999.
The win was also the Bantams' seventh home success on the trot in the league - something the club hadn't previously achieved since the 1967/68 season.
Having completed their list of scheduled fixtures for another season, Phil Parkinson's men will now play Millwall in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off semi-finals.
Following Millwall's dramatic last-grasp win at Gillingham, City will play at home to the Lions first next Sunday (15 May - 12:15pm) before travelling to the Den for the second leg the Friday (20 May - 7:45pm) afterwards.
The only downside of a sunny afternoon in BD8 was the withdrawal of Reece Burke at the interval due to a slight groin strain.
FT: Bradford City 2 Chesterfield 0
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: Ariyibi gets played into space inside the box before turning Nathan Clarke and firing into the side-netting by Williams' near post from a decent position.
87min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Chesterfield 0 - Billy Clarke fires City further into the lead. Evans' ball across the box is rescued over by the far side from Proctor following an intervention by Talbot and the striker tees up Clarke for a simple tap-in from close range.
86min: McMahon's shot from distance deflects through into the gloves of Lee.
83min: Nathan Clarke tries to scramble the ball home from close range as McMahon's corner delivery drops down into the box but a foul is eventually given on Gary Liddle.
82min: Proctor drives forward with the ball before firing in with a strike from the edge of the area that flies well wide.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Filipe Morais for Josh Cullen.
79min: YELLOW CARD - Banks is booked for a late tackle on Reid as the winger looked to move into space down City's left wing.
76min: O'Shea looks set to whip the ball into the box from a wide free-kick but instead he goes for goal and the effort crashes into the side-netting by Ben Williams' near post.
69min: SUB - Chesterfield bring on Connor Dimaio for Dan Gardner
68min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Kyel Reid for Anderson.
68min: Billy Clarke curls over from the resulting free-kick.
67min: RED CARD - Hird is given a straight red card for dragging down Proctor as the striker looked to burst clear on Lee's goal from just outside the box.
66min: Evans sends the resulting free-kick curling narrowly over the far post from wide.
65min: YELLOW CARD - Charlie Raglan is booked for clipping Billy Clarke as the Irishman skipped past him from a wide position just outside the box.
58min: Ariyibi's cross into the box from just outside the area appears to hit the hand of Nathan Clarke as the Chesterfield winger appeals for a spot-kick. With Clarke standing so close to the ball at the time and the touch off his hand appearing accidental, referee David Webb rightly decides to allow play to continue and not to award a penalty.
56min: Anderson wins the ball in midfield before surging into Chesterfield's penalty area. Anderson plays the ball wide to Billy Clarke, who moves away from Sam Hird before firing in a low drive which is held by Lee at his near post.
54min: SUB - Chesterfield bring on Jordan Slew for Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
51min: McMahon fires not too far over the bar with a curling shot direct from a free-kick just outside the box.
49min: Spotting Lee off his line, Billy Clarke tries an ambitious effort on the half-volley from all of 40 yards out but the Keighley-born shot-stopper gets back to cling onto the goal-bound looping effort.
49min: Rory McArdle heads narrowly over the bar from McMahon's
48min: Evans' in-swinging into the box narrowly misses the head of Proctor in the middle and Lee has to tip behind for a corner to prevent the ball from finding the
46min: Chesterfield restart the match.
HT SUB - The Bantams bring on Nathan Clarke for Reece Burke just before the start of the second period.
HT:Bradford City 1 Chesterfield 0
45min: There will be six minutes of time added on at the end of the first half, largely due to the stoppage because of Tom Anderson's injury.
45min: Jay O'Shea feeds the ball wide to Gboly Ariyibi and the American winger proceeds to fizz the ball dangerously across the six yard box. Thankfully for City, there are none of Ariyibi's team-mates waiting for the cross as the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
45min: A great passing move between Billy Clarke and Proctor eventually sees the latter in a dangerous position inside the box. Instead of shooting, Proctor elects to try and square to the advancing Evans but Ollie Banks gets back in time to make a vital tackle inside the area.
40min: SUB - After lengthy break to allow Anderson to receive treatment, the central defender is eventually stretchered off and replaced by Drew Talbot.
34min: Chesterfield defender Tom Anderson is down receiving treatment after a clash of heads with Proctor as the ball came into the Spireites' box. The break allows the other players to get have a drinks break on the warm sunny afternoon.
31min: McMahon knocks the ball into the path of Evans and the midfielder shoots on the turn with a low left-footed drive from just outside the box that is held by Lee.
21min: Evans hits the post! From Proctor's lay-off, the Welshman takes aim from just outside the area but his low side-footed drive hits the outside Lee's far post.
18min: McMahon is now back on the field of play to bring City back up to their full eleven.
16min: McMahon is temporarily off the pitch as he receives treatment for an apparent hand injury.
14min: Evans looks to clip the ball into a dangerous position from just outside the box and the lofted cross-come-shot drops narrowly over the far top corner of Lee's goal.
11min: Paul Anderson bursts into the box after a one-two with Jamie Proctor before firing the ball across the six yard box. The centre is just out of the reach of Tony McMahon unfortunately though and Dion Donohue can clear the danger.
7min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Chesterfield 0 - He's done it again! After giving City the lead at Southend United last Saturday, Lee Evans fires the Bantams in front with a superb left-footed volley from roughly 25 yards that finds the corner despite Tommy Lee getting a hand onto it.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
12:34pm: The Coral Windows Stadium falls silent for a minute to remember those supporters we lost in the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Cullen, Evans, Anderson, B Clarke, Proctor
Subs: Cracknell, N Clarke, Morris, Reid, Morais, Thorpe, Webb-Foster
Bradford City changes:
N Clarke for Burke (46), Reid for Anderson (68), Morais for Cullen (80)
CHESTERFIELD LINE UP:
Lee, Raglan, Anderson, Hird, Donohue, Campbell-Ryce, Liddle, Banks, Gardner, O'Shea, Ariyibi
Subs: Chapman, Evatt, Humphreys, Dimaio, Simons, Talbot, Slew
Talbot for Anderson (40), Slew for Campbell-Ryce (54), Dimaio for Gardner (69)
Raglan (65), Banks (79)
Referee: D Webb
Assistant Referee: S Meredith
Assistant Referee: C Taylor
Fourth Official: C Ward