Port Vale 2 Bradford City 1: Wells nets but Bantams lose

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson.
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson.
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Phil Parkinson saw his Bradford City side lose to rivals Port Vale in League One.

There was plenty of positive news for Bantams boss Phil Parkinson. Mark Yeates (shoulder) had fully recovered from a bang to the shoulder and played. Defensive duo Andrew Davies and Rory McArdle suffered no adverse effects from their return from injury against Carlisle, and took their starting places.

Neither sie could find a goal in the first half and it looked to be a stalemate until veteran Lee Hughes popped up with a 43rd-minute goal for Vale.

The prolific Nahki Wells brought Bradford level on the hour mark.

But parity lasted for just six minutes as Doug Loft gave the home side the lead once again.