Bradford City 0 Tranmere Rovers 1 - O’Connor own-goal dashes play-off hopes

Bradford City’s outside play-off hopes were all but dashed as they went down to their third defeat in eight days against fifth-placed Tranmere Rovers at Valley Parade. The result leaves City seven points adrift of seventh place with four games to play.

Bradford City
Bradford City

In contrast, Tranmere have their eyes on automatic promotion after this result ended a run of seven games without a win. They are four points behind the third automatic place with three matches to play.

Tranmere’s winning goal came in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half when Danny Lloyd’s cross from the left was turned into his own net by Bradford captain, defender Paudie O’Connor, wrong footing keeper Sam Hornby.

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Earlier, both sides produced lots of endeavour without creating many clear cut chances. Bradford left-back Conor Wood saw his 30-yard shot deflected for a corner, winger Ollie Crankshaw’s right-foot shot flew over the angle of the post and crossbar and Andy Cook shot straight at keeper Joe Murphy.

For Tranmere, Kieron Morris fired narrowly over from just outside the penalty area while Kaiyne Woolery went close with a header at the near post from Liam Feeney’s cross five minutes before the winner.

Bradford City: Hornby, Cousin-Dawson, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, Connor Wood, Sutton, Watt (Donaldson 90), Clarke (Vernam 46), Evans (Cooke 62), Crankshaw, Cook. 
Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Foulds, Scales, Rowe.

Tranmere Rovers: Murphy, O’Connor, Clarke, Monthe, MacDonald, Spearing, Feeney (Ridehalgh 89), Woolery, Lewis, Lloyd (Khan 60), Morris. Unused substitutes: Blackett-Taylor, Jolley, Jones, Ray, David Nugent.

Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

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