Bradford City 1-0 Leyton Orient, League Two: report, ratings and verdict


Bradford City 4-2-3-1



Leyton Orient 4-3-3

Half Time: 0 - 0 Valley Parade ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Leyton Orient’s winless run continued with a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Bradford City at a windy Valley Parade.

Despite the opening period being played with pace and intensity, chances were few and far between with Orient’s best opportunities coming from a number of free-kicks while Dan Kemp also went close with an effort.

The second-half saw the O’s lucky not to fall behind after Bradford’s Danny Rowe broke the offside trap but could only shoot tamely at the keeper.

Bradford continued to grow into the game with substitute Ollie Crankshaw having a great chance in the six yard box which was well saved by Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

And the knock-out blow came nine minutes from time when Crankshaw was fouled in the box by Adam Thompson with Callum Cooke blasting the resultant penalty into the top corner.

The result leaves Leyton Orient 12th in the table – still six points off a Play-Off place despite failing to win in the last six.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Bradford’s Danny Rowe tame shot at the keeper just after the interval when clean through on goal could have changed the way both sides approached the rest of the half.

Moan of the Match

The fast-paced attacking play by both sides early in the game was never going to be maintained, leading to more stretched passes and niggly fouls in the second period.

Talking Point

Bradford’s 81st minute penalty made it too late for Plan B – would Leyton Orient have changed their approach to the second-half had Danny Rowe’s 46th minute effort gone in?

Man of the Match

James Brophy –  allowed his winger time and space, but it didn’t seem to matter as the full-back looked to start an attack himself at every opportunity.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

James Adcock (Nottinghamshire) – after a quiet first-half, the man in the middle had to deal with an increase of fouls after the break, culminating in the late penalty.


Valley Parade is a big stadium to host a behind closed doors game and the players’ voices echoed loudly throughout.


The O’s may have fallen victim to a team bang on form but nevertheless, the current lack of goals and wins is still a worry at a crucial part of the season.

Line Ups

Bradford City 4-2-3-1

Hornby; A.O’Connor, P.O’Connor, Canavan, Wood; Sutton, Watt; Vernam (Stevens, 75), Cooke (Donaldson, 89), Evans (Crankshaw, 63); Rowe (Cook, 63)

Subs not used:

O’Donnell, Cousin-Dawson, Scales


P.O’Connor, Sutton

Leyton Orient 4-3-3

Vigouroux; Akinola, Thompson, Happe, Brophy; Freeman, Cisse (Dayton, 88), McAnuff; Wilkinson, Johnson, Kemp (Abrahams, 75)

Subs not used:

Sargeant, Widdowson, Coulson, Turley, Young



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