Bradford City 2 Bristol Rovers 2

Preview

The Gas travel to Valley Parade on the back of a comprehensive victory last Saturday. We will be looking to build on the recent improvement in form, having won two of the last three league games. A draw or a win today would confirm that progress has been made and cement our position in mid-table.

Bradford City are currently four places above The Gas in 12th position. Three points and a goal difference of eight separates the two teams after eleven games. This is a proper mid-table clash. Either team could take a significant jump towards the playoffs with a win today, such is the compact nature of the table at the moment.

These two teams last met on the 13th April 2019 in League One, with The Gas winning 3-2. The corresponding away fixture on the 29th September 2018 was a goalless draw. The last eight meetings have resulted in two wins, four draws and two losses. Two very evenly matched teams.

Match Review

Bradford City had the better of the first half, creating a number of good chances before scoring after forty three minutes following a corner that produced an uncontested header that James Belsham saved but fell kindly to a Bradford player who neatly finished.

The Gas equalised just after the break with a lovely header from a corner by Alfie Kilgour. It is nice to see us score from a set piece, an area we have been really weak on over the last couple of seasons.

The Bantams then took the lead again after fifty minutes with a beautifully worked passing sequence that started on the left side from a throw in and ended up with a simple side foot finish just outside the box. Who says League Two is all about hoofball…

Bradford City could have killed the game with a nicely worked goal disallowed, a cross from the right was met with a perfectly executed header. Watching the match highlights the goal looked ok to me but it was ruled offside. A lucky break for The Gas.

The game had a dramatic finale with an exquisite looping header from Brett Pitman from twelve yards, beating the keeper in the top left corner. Come on! That is what we brought Pitman to the club for, nicking goals.

An excellent point away from home keeps The Gas in sixteenth position in the League Two table, only four points from the playoffs. We are also only four points from the relegation zone as well. The next few games will determine which end of the table we are likely to be worried about come May I feel.

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