Bradford City 1 Leyton Orient 0 - Callum Cooke on the spot for Bantams

Callum Cooke scored a late penalty as Bradford City made it three wins on the spin with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient.
Callum Cooke.   Picture Bruce RollinsonCallum Cooke.   Picture Bruce Rollinson
Callum Cooke. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Cooke kept his cool to smash home after substitute Oliver Crankshaw had been chopped down with nine minutes to go.

It secured a battling win for the Bantams who had laboured throughout to unlock the Londoners’ resolute defence.

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Danny Rowe and Crankshaw had earlier seen good second-half chances go begging.

Jobi McAnuff had a 25-yard free-kick deflected for a corner as the visitors threatened first.

Rowe had a deflected shot saved by Lawrence Vigouroux while Gareth Evans brought another save out of the Orient keeper after a swift break.

Dan Kemp curled just wide of the far post following a rare Orient attack on 30 minutes.

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Rowe missed a great chance to put the Bantams ahead when Vigouroux saved his attempted lob after Sam Hornby’s clearance caught Orient napping on 47 minutes.

Evans had a snapshot saved at the near post on 55 minutes, before Crankshaw had a near post effort superbly saved by Vigouroux.

But City finally hit the front late on when Cooke powerfully rifled into the top corner from 12 yards after Crankshaw was fouled.

Bradford City: Hornby, O’Connor, O’Connor, Canavan, Wood, Sutton, Watt, Vernam (Stevens 75), Cooke, Evans (Crankshaw 63), Rowe (Cook 63, Donaldson 88)). Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Cousin-Dawson, Scales.

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Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Akinola, Thompson, Happe, Brophy, Freeman, Cissé (Dayton 88), McAnuff, Wilkinson, Johnson, Kemp (Abrahams 75). Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Widdowson, Coulson, Turley, Young.

Referee: J Adcock (Notts).

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