BRADFORD CITY’S stuttering run continued as they were beaten by Lee Cox’s strike at Swindon.
The play-off chasing hosts probably deserved their victory after a dominant second-half performance, one which secured the win and ensured the visitors dropped to 14th in League One.
City manager Phil Parkinson said: “We didn’t really get going in the second half. Swindon is a really tough place to come, but we needed to trouble their defence much more. It’s a disappointing result.”
It was an enterprising, yet goalless first half. The Bantams showed up well early on, with captain Gary Jones seeing a well-struck free-kick saved low in the corner by Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
The visitors were almost punished following a defensive error when Alex Pritchard pounced on a poor header from Rory McArdle, with the Tottenham loanee eventually dragging a shot inches wide.
After the break Pritchard went close again, before Cox grabbed the winner when he pounced on a loose ball before smashing confidently past Jon McLaughlin.
Miles Storey and Pritchard almost doubled the hosts’ lead, before the Bantams produced a brief late rally, with sub Aaron Mclean going closest
Swindon: Foderingham, Thompson N, Stephens, Archibald-Henville, Branco, McEveley, Cox (Gladwin 81), Luongo, Pritchard, Smith, Storey. Unused substitutes: Belford, Ward, Barthram, Barker, N’Guessan, Waldon.
Bradford: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Bennett (Thompson 77), De Vita (Mclean 68), Jones, Doyle (Meredith 46), Reach, Stead. Unused substitutes: Jameson, Yeates, McHugh, Bates.
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Man of the match: Jon McLaughlin.