Bradford City post warning as red card costs MK Dons

Charlie Wyke: In at the double.
Charlie Wyke: In at the double.
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BRADFORD CITY manager Stuart McCall labelled his side’s thrashing of MK Dons as a “mature performance”.

The Bantams put four past 10-man Dons to move within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots.

McCall’s men took full advantage of Aaron Tshibola’s fifth-minute sending-off for hauling down Jake Reeves.

Charlie Wyke bagged a brace with Romain Vincelot and Paul Taylor also scoring.

Ethan Ebanks-Landall netted for the hosts before the break.

McCall beamed: “It was a very mature performance. The result is obviously the pleasing thing, but it’s always pleasing when you get the performance as well.

“Them going down to 10 men helped us, but we couldn’t have done more than we did.”

Defender Vincelot struck his fourth goal of the season six minutes after the red card when he nodded home from Tony McMahon’s corner. Wyke soon added a second as his deflected effort nestled in the bottom corner.

The visitors kept their foot on the gas by testing Lee Nicholls but, in first-half stoppage-time, Ebanks-Landall turned Gboly Ariyibi’s cross past Colin Doyle.

After the break, Wyke pounced for his sixth goal of the season with a simple tap-in.

Doyle was then called into action on three different occasions to keep out Osman Sow, Ed Upson and Chuks Aneke.

Taylor opened his account when he latched on to a lovely weighted pass over the top before firing home four minutes after coming on.

MK Dons: Nicholls, Williams, Lewington, Wotton, Ebanks-Landall, Upson, Ariyibi (Muirhead 86), Tshibola, Gilbey, Sow (Nesbitt 78), Agard (Aneke 45). Unused substitutes: Sietsma, Walsh, McGrandles, Seager.

Bradford City: Doyle, Chicksen, Kilgallon, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, McMahon (Hendrie 62), Reeves, Law, Gilliead, Wyke (Jones 86), Poleon (Taylor 78). Unused substitutes: Raeder, Field, Dieng, Omari.

Referee: S Oldham.