Crawley Town 2 Bradford City 1: Bantams' winless run stretches to five games

Crawley Town extended their unbeaten home league run to five matches with a goal in each half from Will Ferry and Nick Tsaroulla giving them a 2-1 victory over Bradford City.

DEFEAT: For Derek Adams and Bradford City. Picture: PA Wire.

Callum Cooke grabbed a late reply for Bradford who have now not won in their last five league games.

City, without six injured senior players, conceded a free-kick early on when Ferry was brought down by Oscar Threlkeld and recalled defender Ludwig Francillette put the ball wide after Jack Powell’s goal attempt was blocked.

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Bantams leading scorer Andy Cook blazed over from 14 yards before directing a header over from a free-kick by Callum Cooke.

Midfielder Ferry, on loan from Southampton, struck to put Crawley ahead six minutes before the break by stabbing in a free-kick from Jake Hessenthaler for his first goal in senior football.

Reds keeper Glenn Morris preserved the advantage by parrying a header by Yann Songo’o before Francillette headed against the post at the other end.

City looked more purposeful after the interval and Threlkeld was inches away from converting a Gareth Evans cross.

City boss Derek Adams sent on substitutes Levi Sutton and Kian Scales but Tsaroulla doubled the lead on 73 minutes with a low shot from just inside the area.

Cooke reduced the deficit eight minutes from time by firing in at the far post but City could not produce an equaliser.