Torquay 2 Bradford City 0: Ten-man Bantams slump to defeat

BRADFORD manager Peter Taylor is hoping his side can use tomorrow night's Carling Cup second-round tie against Preston as a springboard for getting back on track in League Two.

Taylor said: "Hopefully we will take something out of the game, like we did against Nottingham Forest. We got some confidence from it and got our first league win so, hopefully, we can do the same again. If we can get something from Preston and beat Southend, then good."

Taylor's side suffered a second-minute setback at table-topping Torquay, where Danny Stevens was allowed to run from halfway and pick his spot with a measured 25-yarder past John McLaughlin, who went on to redeem himself with a string of super saves, including a 12th-minute penalty stop from Nicky Wroe after left-back Robbie Threlfall saw red for handling Chris Zebroski's goal-bound strike.

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Paul Buckle's United have gone 961 minutes without conceding in the league although City striker Gareth Evans twice tested Scott Bevan with angled drives.

It was not to be City's day and when McLaughlin did his utmost to clear from livewire Zebroski in the 66th minute, the ball looped in off the attacker and into an unguarded net.

Taylor said: "There was a big hole there, it looks as though we have let somebody run."

Torquay United: Bevan; Robertson, Ellis, Branston, Nicholson; Zebroski, Wroe, Mansell, Stevens (O'Kane90); Kee (Carlisle 55), Benyon (Gritton 90). Unused substitutes: Rowe-Turner, Macklin, Potter, Charnock, O'Kane.

Bradford City: McLaughlin; Hunt (Syers77), Oliver, Duff, Threlfall; Adeyemi, Doherty (O'Brien 46), Bullock; Moult (Rehman 15), Hanson, Evans. Unused substitutes: Saxton, Daley, Chilaka, Williams.

Referee: S Tanner (Somerset).

Man of the match: Chris Zebroski.

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