Saturday 9 September 2017
Sky Bet League One
Peterborough United 1 (Baldwin 71)
Bradford City 3 (Poleon 7, Vincelot 36, Kilgallon 40)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the ABAX Stadium
The Bantams registered a hugely impressive away victory at Peterborough United this Saturday, inflicting a first league defeat of the season on the early season pace-setters.
Hosts Peterborough were top of the league going into the match, but three first half goals from Stuart McCall's brilliant Bantams put City in command at the break.
Clearly buoyed by last weekend's win over Bristol Rovers, McCall's men made a bright start to the game, and they deservedly led after seven minutes when Dominic Poleon fired home after Peterborough 'keeper Jonathan Bond had spilled a cross from Adam Chicksen.
The Bantams doubled their lead with just under ten minutes of the opening period to go when Romain Vincelot flung himself at a Tony McMahon corner to convert with a diving header.
Vincelot's goal came after the Frenchman had gone narrowly close with another header from a free-kick shortly before.
Just four minutes later, City were even further ahead when Matthew Kilgallon glanced home from a McMahon wide free-kick delivery.
As expected, Peterborough came at the Bantams after the restart, but an alert Kilgallon was on hand to kick clear off the line after a goal-bound volley from Junior Morias around the hour mark.
The clearance was City's second of that nature in the game after Nicky Law had denied Ryan Tafazolli in similar fashion in the first period.
City shot-stopper Colin Doyle then tipped over from a Marcus Maddison curler from outside the box later in the half.
Peterborough did pull one back nineteen minutes from the end when Jack Baldwin fired home from close range after City had failed to properly clear from a Maddison corner.
Despite Baldwin's intervention though, City never really looked in danger of surrending their lead.
They could have actually added to their advantage ten minutes from the end but for a vital tackle from Steven Taylor to deny Omari Patrick a tap-in after good work from Poleon.
The game ended with both sides losing a player each in the closing stages of normal time.
Posh midfielder Anthony Grant was given his second caution for deliberate hand-ball two minutes from the end of normal time.
Adam Chicksen received his own dismissal in the same fashion less than sixty seconds later, the left back cautioned for the second time in just eight minutes.
The victory was City's third successive win at the ABAX Stadium following successes in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns.
FT: Peterborough United 1 Bradford City 3
90+3min: Paul Taylor fires wide with a low drive on the turn from outside the area.
90+2min: Steven Taylor heads comfortably over from Maddison's corner.
90min: There will be six minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: YELLOW CARD = RED CARD - Chicksen is given his second caution of the afternoon for a late tackle inside Peterborough's half of the pitch after losing possession.
89min: YELLOW CARD = RED CARD - Grant is given his second booking for handing the ball as City looked to break forward into Peterborough's half of the pitch on the counter-attack.
87min: YELLOW CARD - Vincelot is booked for a late challenge on Maddison just inside City's half of the pitch down Peterborough's right flank.
82min: YELLOW CARD - Chicksen is booked for a late challenge on Da Silva Lopes roughly twenty yards from City's goal.
80min: McMahon's resulting corner delivery after Patrick's near miss is cleared as far as Law, who curls wide from just outside the box.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Paul Taylor for Poleon.
80min: A poor back header from Taylor gives Poleon a free run into Peterborough's penalty area. Poleon looks to pick out Patrick in the middle for a potential tap-in but Taylor gets back to crucially slide the ball behind for a corner.
76min: Maddison curls over from a direct free-kick roughly twenty yards out.
75min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Omari Patrick for Gilliead.
74min: YELLOW CARD - McMahon booked for taking too long over the taking of a City corner kick.
71min: GOAL - Peterborough United 1 Bradford City 3 - Peterborough have a goal back when Jack Baldwin fires home from inside the box as City fail to properly clear their lines from a Maddison corner.
68min: Maddison runs at Adam Chicksen down Peterborough's right before firing in a low drive from an angle just outside the box that is held by Doyle.
67min: Miller tries his luck from some distance out but the effort sails comfortably over.
65min: YELLOW CARD - Anthony Grant is also booked for his part in the coming-together afterwards.
64min: YELLOW CARD - Morias receives a booking for squaring up to Kilgallon after the decision to caution Miller for diving.
63min: YELLOW CARD - Miller is booked for supposedly diving after going down in the box under a challenge from Reeves.
61min: SUB - Peterborough bring on Ricky Miller for Marriott.
61min: Maddison's effort from outside the area is curling towards the top corner but Doyle reaches up to push the effort behind.
59min: Poleon gets free inside the box after skipping away from a challenge. Poleon looks to pick out Wyke in the middle for a potential tap-in but Da Silva Lopes is on hand to put behind for a corner.
58min: Edwards' low drive from outside the box goes wide of Doyle's near post.
58min: Off the line from Kilgallon! Da Silva Lopes' cross into the box is headed out by the defender. Junior Morias is first onto the ball as it drops from the sky, volleying it for goal from an angle inside the box. The shot appears to be heading for the corner but Kilgallon is on hand to kick clear!
56min: Maddison turns away from Kilgallon outside the box but then proceeds to drag his low shot wide.
55min: From Maddison's wide free-kick into the box, City rush out to play offside and the flag goes up against Edwards as he heads wide in the middle.
52min: Wyke chests the ball on down from a throw-in down the line. Wyke proceeds to go for goal from distance but his ambitious half volley sails comfortably over.
46min: Peterborough restart the match.
HT SUB - Peterborough bring on Andrew Hughes and Jermaine Anderson for Tafazolli and Doughty before the restart.
HT: Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 3
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first period.
40min: GOAL!!!!!!!!! Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 3 - The Bantams have a third through Kilgallon! Another McMahon free-kick into the box causes problems, and Kilgallon is able to glance home from close range.
37min: Gwion Edwards' cross into the box is taken in his stride by Marriott but the striker's shot on the turn sails comfortably over the bar.
36min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 2 - The Bantams double their lead through Vincelot! McMahon's corner into the mix is met by the Frenchman and his diving header finds the corner of the goal.
33min: Vincelot glances a header just past the far post following McMahon's free-kick into the box from wide.
32min: McMahon's corner delivery is headed down by Nathaniel Knight-Percival but City cannot scramble home from close range as the ball bounces towards Peterborough's goal-line. The hosts eventually clear their lines.
31min: Maddison takes aim from distance but Doyle is able to cling on first time to the swerving effort.
28min: YELLOW CARD - Michael Doughty is booked for late tackle on Romain Vincelot around the halfway line.
26min: Maddison bursts forward into space deep inside City's half. The attacker goes for the lob just outside the box but the effort sails over.
25min: Law keeps City level! Maddison's deep corner delivery is headed down into the mix by Steven Taylor. Tafazolli is there to fire for goal from close range but the Law is on hand to kick clear from right in front of the goal-line.
22min: Marriott's dipping shot from distance is repelled by Doyle. As the ball bounces back out, Leo Da Silva Lopes gains possession but his cross-shot from outside the box deflects into the grasp of the Bantams 'keeper.
17min: Kilgallon heads over from McMahon's near post corner delivery.
14min: YELLOW CARD - Alex Gilliead is booked for a trip on Maddison during the previous Peterborough break forward.
13min: As City try to keep the ball alive from the attack detailed below, Peterborough break forward with purpose, initially through Maddison. Marriott eventually gets on the ball but his low angled drive from inside the box is held by Doyle.
13min: A short corner from City results in Nicky Law shooting for goal. Poleon tries to convert from close range as the ball comes to him but his effort is mis-timed. Matthew Kilgallon then has an effort on goal but his shot is sliced wayward. Charlie Wyke keeps the ball alive over on the far side, eventually playing back to Kilgallon who in turn finds Law but the midfielder's shot is blocked.10min: Marcus Maddison's corner delivery causes some concer in the City defence as Ryan Taffazolli heads goalwards. Tafazolli's header is blocked out, before efforts from Jack Marriott and then Taffazolli again are also kept out by the City defence.
7min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 1 - Dominic Poleon rewards a bright start for the Bantams by giving them the lead! Bond comes to claim Adam Chicksen's cross but the shot-stopper can't hang onto the ball and Poleon is on hand to smash home from close range.
4min: Jake Reeves is denied! Tony McMahon's cross into the box from the right is a testing one but Reeves' bullet downward header is repelled via a great reflex save from Posh 'keeper Jonathan Bond.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED LINE UP:
Bond, Taylor, Baldwin, Tafazolli, Edwards, Grant, Doughty, Da Silva Lopes, Maddison, Morias, Marriott
Subs: O'Malley, Hughes, Forrester, Miller, Lloyd, Kanu, Anderson
Peterborough United substitutions:
Hughes for Tafazolli (46), Anderson for Doughty (46), Miller for Marriott (61)
Peterborough United cautions:
Doughty (28), Miller (63), Morias (64), Grant (65+89)
Peterborough United dismissals:
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Vincelot, Reeves, Law, Gilliead, Poleon, Wyke
Subs: Raeder, Thompson, Taylor, McCartan, Field, Jones, Patrick
Bradford City substitutions:
Patrick for Gilliead (75), Taylor for Poleon (80)
Bradford City cautions:
Gilliead (14), McMahon (74), Vincelot (87), Chicksen (82+90)
Bradford City dismissals:
Referee: K Stroud
Assistant Referee: M Pottage
Assistan Referee: J Flynn
Fourth Official: I Cooper