Bradford City 1 Walsall 0: Clarke fires Bantams upto fourth

Bradford City beat Walsall at Valley Parade to climb into fourth spot in League One.

Bradford City

The Bantams are seven points adrift of the automatic promotion places, and have a six-point buffer over Millwall in seventh.

Billy Clarke broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, with the all-important goal.

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But Stuart McCall’s men were not gifted all three points, with chances at a premium in the first half.

It was mid-table Walsall who fashioned the first opportunity as Cypriot international Andreas Makris’ low drive forced Bradford goalkeeper Colin Doyle into a full length dive to turn away.

But the Saddlers needed a clearance off the line from James O’Connor to keep out Alex Jones’ header after Neil Etheridge had failed to gather Tony McMahon’s right-wing cross.

Bradford did grab the all-important goal in the 58th minute when Mark Marshall’s left-wing cross ran free to the unmarked Clarke, who fired into the net from close range.

Charlie Wyke went close to furthering Bradford’s lead while Walsall’s best chance of salvaging a point fell to Kieron Morris, whose close range shot was saved by the diving Doyle.

Bradford: Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Marshall, Cullen, Vincelot, Clarke, Jones, Wyke. Subs: Darby, Law, Toner, Dieng, Hiwula, Devine, Cracknell.

Walsall: Etheridge, O’Connor, Preston, Laird, McCarthy, Osbourne, Chambers, Edwards, Moussa, Morris, Makris. Subs: Dobson, Jackson, MacGillivray, Kinsella, Roberts,

Hayles-Docherty, Candlin.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)