Bantams leave it late to earn first away win

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BRADFORD City finally ended their Roots Hall hoodoo last night as they shocked high-flying Southend United with this win.

Luke Oliver grabbed the only goal of the game two minutes from time, and that gave the Bantams victory at the home of the Shrimpers at the 15th time of asking.

Phil Parkinson’s side fully deserved the win as well after enjoying sustained periods of pressure.

But the Bantams were initially unable to find a way past Southend goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

He pushed a 10th-minute free-kick from Bradford captain Michael Flynn around the right-hand post before Bradford wasted a fine chance to score.

Right-back Simon Ramsden created the opportunity with a fine cross which picked out Ricky Ravenhill but the midfielder could only send a 14-yard volley over the Southend goal.

With City remaining on top, Nahki Wells then fired over the crossbar from long range and, with 38 minutes on the clock, Kyel Reid also nearly netted in fortuitous circumstances as his mis-hit left-wing cross fizzed just inches over the far post.

Moments later, Reid was causing further problems for Southend when his cross was headed over by Ravenhill and, at the start of the second half, Wells headed wide from close range after being teed up by Craig Fagan.

Southend, who went in to the game second in the table, were more threatening late on with Bradford goalkeeper John McLaughlin easily keeping out a long-range effort from Shrimpers substitute Anthony Grant.

But Bradford sealed his side’s first away win of the season late on when he scuffed a six-yard shot in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net after being teed up by Andrew Davies.

The result caps off a poor week for United, who lost 3-0 to Cheltenham on Saturday to drop from the top of the table and then lost to Oldham in the FA Cup.

Bradford’s first league away win of the season lifts them up to 20th, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Southend United: Daniels, Clohessy, Phillips, Prosser, Gilbert, Hall, Ferdinand (Grant 65), Timlin, Leonard (Sawyer 68), Harris, Dickinson. Unused substitutes: Morris, Coughlan, Sturrock.

Bradford City: McLaughlin, Ramsden, Davies, Oliver, Seip, Fagan, Flynn, Ravenhill, Reid (O’Brien 85), Hanson, Wells (Stewart 83). Unused substitutes: Duke,Jones,Compton.

Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire).