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Bradford City 1-0 Swindon Town

Swindon suffer second defeat of the season, after a 1-0 loss to Bradford City

7 October 2023

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Bradford City 1-0 Swindon Town

Swindon suffer second defeat of the season, after a 1-0 loss to Bradford City

7 October 2023

Swindon Town suffered a second successive defeat in League Two with a 1-0 loss away to Bradford City on Saturday.

Swindon made two changes to the team from the midweek defeat to Notts County, with Tyrese Shade returning to the starting XI and replacing Tariq Uwakwe on the left-hand side, with academy forward Miles Obodo also involved in the league matchday squad too.

The game-winning strike from Bradford City’s Bobby Pointon was all that separated the two teams, with Town trying to respond to their first league defeat to Notts County earlier in the week.

It was a promising start from Town, as George McEachran regained possession deep into Bradford territory, and released Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, who laid a ball across goal into the path of Charlie Austin, who couldn’t hit the target from close range.

Bradford responded despite the early pressure from the away side, as Jamie Walker found some space on the edge of the box and released an effort, which was tipped over the bar brilliantly from Murphy Mahoney in goal.

Town continued to hold firm in the first half, with Bradford striker Andy Cook finding some space inside the box but was denied by a resilient Tom Brewitt block.  

Half-time: Bradford 0 Swindon 0

Goalless going into the second half, and it was Town to respond first, with Dan Kemp driving down the right-hand side, delivering a cross into the path of Austin, whose effort travelled over the bar.

Town continued to ramp up the pressure early into the second half, as minutes later, Tyrese Shade latched onto a ball from McEachran into the box, but his chipped effort slid just past the far post.

The goal for Bradford was worked down the right-hand side, with an effort from Brad Halliday that forced a save from Mahoney, but to his misfortune, the ball fell to winger Jamie Walker, who crossed inside to Bobby Pointon to take the lead for the hosts.

Town were in desperate need of a response, as Bradford’s Adam Wilson dispossessed Shade deep into the away side’s half, who fired an effort on goal, which Murphy smartly stopped.

Town upped the intensity going into the final 25 minutes of the half, as Hepburn-Murphy latched onto a brilliantly lofted cross from Remeao Hutton, but his effort was straight at Harry Lewis in goal.

Alex Gilliead won the ball back in his own half and carried the ball into Town’s territory. He then released substitute Daniel Oyegoke on the right-hand side, whose cross was met by the boot of Cook, with his effort dragged wide of the post.

Leading into the final 10 minutes of the game, Bradford substitute Emmanuel Osadebe attempted to double the lead, as he worked his way inside the Swindon box, but failed to direct his shot goalwards.

The final effort of the game fell to Town’s Dan Kemp who, after an incredible run through the Bradford defence, released a shot which deflected goalwards, but was not enough to beat Lewis in goal and salvage a point.

A moment to remember for 16-year-old Miles Obodo, who marked his first-ever league appearance for the Town this afternoon. His efforts in the academy have granted him an enormous achievement.

Town have now suffered back-to-back defeats, following the 3-1 loss away at Notts County earlier this week. They now turn their attention to the EFL Trophy competition, where they are away once again at League One side Reading on Tuesday.

 

Bradford City: Lewis, Halliday, Ridehalgh, Platt, Smallwood (C), Walker (Smith 83), Cook, Gillead, Stubbs, Pointon (Oyegoke 72), Wilson (Osadebe 66)
Goals: Bobby Pointon 50
Subs not used: Doyle, Taylor, Kelly, Afoka

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, McEachran, Khan (Obodo 76), Kemp, Hepburn-Murphy, Brewitt, Godwin-Malife, Shade (Genesini 90), Austin (C)
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Uwakwe, Kinsella, Minturn

Referee: Christopher Pollard

Attendance: 16,788 (599 away fans)


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