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Bescot Stadium (ATT 5,364) 5th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Eddie Ilderton

Walsall Walsall vs Bradford City Bradford

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Bradford 2

K Reid (45+0)
J Hanson (47)

Saddlers fall to Bantams defeat

Last Updated: 05/10/13 11:00pm

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Kyel Reid: Netted the opener

Kyel Reid: Netted the opener

Goals either side of half-time saw Bradford register a 2-0 victory which condemned Walsall to their first defeat in five games.

City had been the more aggressive side from the start and it needed some brave defending to keep them out, Saddlers skipper Andy Butler pulling off a great block to deny Mark Yeates in the 37th minute.

But the Bantams kept up the pressure and took the lead a minute from half-time, dangerous winger Kyel Reid picking the ball up 30 yards out and hammering an unstoppable rising drive past home goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

And the Saddlers were vitually doomed before they could start a fightback when Bradford grabbed a second two minutes into the second half, Rory McArdle lifting a long ball over the home defence for James Hanson to burst through and convert his fifth of the season.

Walsall tried to get back into the game but Paul Downing and Ashley Hemmings volleyed off target, leaving the Bantams to celebrate their third successive win and extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30