Bradford City 4 Walsall 0: Bantams storm to victory

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David Ball scored twice in nine second-half minutes as Bradford moved off the bottom of the table with a 4-0 thrashing of Walsall at a wet and windy Valley Parade.

It was only the Bantams’ fifth win of the season.

Bradford established a 1-0 interval lead after an evenly-fought first half with a 34th-minute goal from right back Paul Caddis.

Lewis O’Brien surged into the penalty area before delivering a low cross to the far post for Caddis to score with a right-foot shot from 10 yards.

Both sides had narrow escapes in an end-to-end tussle.

Visiting goalkeeper Liam Roberts did well to save O’Brien’s goal-bound shot in the eighth minute, while at the other end, Bradford shot-stopper Richard O’Donnell managed to keep out a point-blank header from Andy Cook and also saved from Kieron Morris.

Bradford also had a left-off on the stroke of half-time when Cook headed against the crossbar from Luke Leahy’s cross.

The Bantams then took charge of the game with Ball’s quick-fire brace. He scored in the 51st minute with a low right-foot angled shot that deceived Roberts and added a third on the hour when O’Brien’s cross from the left was partially cleared, firing home from 12 yards.

Substitute Eoin Doyle completed the scoring in the 83rd minute with a 10-yard shot from Kelvin Mellor’s cross from the right.