Oldham 1 Bradford City 2: Cole nets Bantams winner

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BRADFORD City recorded their first win at Boundary Park since 1997 as goals from Reece Burke and Devante Cole sank 10-man Oldham Athletic.

The Bantams were made to sweat, however, after left-back Joe Mills headed home in the 82nd minute for the hosts.

City chief Phil Parkinson made three changes for Bradford with Cole given a starting position up front after his winner against Port Vale.

Striker Cole, the 20-year-old son of former England, Newcastle and Manchester United striker Andrew and who had joined City on a free transfer from Manchester City, replaced Steven Davies.

Billy Knott came in for Lee Evans, on duty with Wales Under-21s, and Josh Morris replaced Paul Anderson on the left of midfield.

England Under-20s allowed West Ham loanee Reece Burke to leave the international group to play at Boundary Park alongside Rory McArdle in central defence.

Bradford got the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Oldham goalkeeper Joel Coleman failed to find room to come out to collect a deep free-kick from Morris and the ball dropped for Mark Marshall to square for Burke to sidefoot home from 10 yards.

Oldham’s problems were compounded when lone striker Jon Forte inexplicably aimed a head-butt at City captain Stephen Darby in the 33rd minute in front of referee Mark Heywood, who issued a straight red.

City should have been two-up by the break but James Hanson failed to hit the net with two headers from six yards - Coleman tipping over the first and Eoghan O’Connell getting his head in the way of the second.

They finally made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute shortly after Ben Williams had done well to keep out a curling free-kick from former City winger Mark Yeates.

Knott drove down the left channel before slipping the ball through to cole, who clipped the ball past Coleman and his near post to the delight of the 1,665 Bradford fans behind the goal.

Oldham made changes and threw men forward but Rhys Murphy wasted a glorious chance with a weak header at Williams from six yards.

They made it 2-1 in the 82nd minute, however, when Mills ghosted in and headed home the cross from Yeates.

City survived a couple of anxious moments before heading back to the right side of the Pennines with the points.

Oldham: Coleman, O’Connell, James Wilson, Burn, Mills, Philliskirk, Dieng, Jones, Dunn, Yeates, Forte. Subs: Brown, Cornell, Winchester, Turner, Murphy, Sam Edmundson, Tuohy.

Bradford: Williams, Darby, Burke, McArdle, Meredith, Liddle, Marshall, Morris, Knott, Hanson, Cole. Subs: Nathan Clarke, Leigh, Jones, Davies, Anderson, McMahon, James.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

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