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Classic Encounters: Bradford City (A)

28 December 2020

Club News

Classic Encounters: Bradford City (A)

28 December 2020

Port Vale travel to the Utilita Energy Stadium on Tuesday, as we take on Bradford City in our final Sky Bet League Two clash of 2020. With the game just a day away, we look back on two classic encounters we have played out against the Bantams.

League Two, Valley Parade, Tuesday 22nd October 2019: Bradford City 1-2 Port Vale

Former Bradford midfielder Will Atkinson came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner against his old club and give Port Vale our first away victory of the season at Valley Parade.

The match was heading for a draw when Atkinson scored with a close right-footed shot high into the top corner from Richard Bennett's pass after Bradford failed to clear the danger.

Port Vale were rewarded for a bright start by going in front in the 18th minute through David Worrall after Richie Bennett held the ball up for him to score from 15 yards out.

The home side were handed a lifeline a minute before half-time as Devine was fouled in the box by Jake Taylor and Vaughan equalised from the spot.

Bradford dominated the second half as Zeli Ismail's close-range shot was saved at the near post by keeper Scott Brown in the 57th minute, whilst Kelvin Mellor saw his shot cleared off the line by Legge in the 70th minute and keeper Scott Brown did well to save Connor Wood's 25-yard drive before Atkinson's dramatic late winner.

Bradford City: O’Donnell, Mellor, A.O’Connor, Richards, Wood, Devine (P.O’Connor 90+4), Cooke, Akpan, Ismail, Vaughan, Oteh.

Unused subs: McCartan, Anderson, Patrick, Henley, Sykes-Kenworthy, Staunton.

Port Vale: Brown, Gibbons, Legge, Smith, Montano, Burgess (Atkinson 73), Joyce, Taylor (Brisley (90+6), Amoo, Bennett, Worrall.

Unused subs: Pope, Browne, Evans, Archer, Maddison.

Att. 14,345

League Two, Valley Parade, Saturday 21st March 2009: Bradford City 0-1 Port Vale

Bradford's promotion hopes suffered a massive blow as Port Vale inflicted a fourth defeat in 11 days on the Bantams.

Vale's Paul Marshall intercepted a pass in midfield and evaded Matt Clarke's tackle before passing to the unmarked David Howland who scored from 10 yards four minutes into the second half.

Michael Boulding had a close-range effort blocked, Graeme Lee headed over from six yards and Steve Jones saw a drilled effort saved as Vale held on to a deserved three points.

Bradford City: Evans, Rehman, Clarke, Lee, O'Brien, Jones, Law, Furman (Bullock 78), Gillespie (Brandon 69), Boulding, Mullin.

Unused subs: Arnison, McLaren, Colbeck.

Port Vale: Anyon, Stockley, McCombe, Prosser, Edwards, Gall (Dodds 69), Howland, Griffith, Marshall, Taylor (Richman 87), Richards.

Unused subs: Martin, Glover, Collins.

Att: 12,436





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