Bradford City vs Bury
by Hannah Ingram at the Coral Windows Stadium
Alan Knill made two changes from the side that clawed a point out of Macclesfield Town on Saturday.Cameron Belford made his full return to the side after collecting a smashed cheekbone against Southend United in October whilst Tom Lees returned to the side after missing his first game of the season on Saturday after coming through a bout of flu.Owain Fon Williams and Gavin Gunning were both dropped to the bench.
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An early chance fell to Bury on five minutes after a curling free kick on the right from Michael Jones found the head of Ryan Lowe in front of goal; a reaction save from Lenny Pidgeley blocked it, but Lowe was back moments later, trying a low drive from the left of the box that went wide of the left post.
A neat cross from Nicky Ajose on the left hand side on 13 minutes forced Luke O'Brien to head the ball out for a corner, just wide of the right post.
Ajose made room for himself on the right of the box on 20 minutes before backheeling the ball to Lowe just inside the box; his shot was travelling towards the top right hand corner, but Pidgeley got his hands to it.
Substitution for Bradford on 23 minutes - Rob Kiernan on for Steve Williams
Yellow card for Bury on 25 minutes - Damien Mozika
Bradford's best chance fell to Jason Price on the half hour; a corner from O'Brien on the right found Price in space on the left of the box, but his powered shot was saved by a diving Cameron Belford.
Tom Adeyemi came close to taking the lead for Bradford on 42 minutes after he picked up the ball on the edge of the box; he sent a low drive goal bound, but a deflection along the way saw it roll wide of the right post.
Two minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bradford took the ball forward.
GOAL! Omar Daley took the lead for the home side just before the break with a superbly taken shot on the left of the box that found the top left hand corner, leaving Cameron Belford with no chance.
Bradford 1 Bury 0
Yellow card for Bury in additional time - Efe Sodje
Time was soon called on a half that saw its fair share of handbags from both sides. Damien Mozika didn't make any Yorkshire friends following his booking, and the resulting hot-headedness affected both teams.
Bury had the brighter start but started to tail off slightly in the middle of the half. Bradford had few real chances in the first half hour, but they took the one that mattered right before the break.
Half Time - Bradford 1 Bury 0
Both sides returned to the field with no substitutions made.
Yellow card for Bradford on 55 minutes - Lee Bullock
Gareth Evans tried a cheeky lob towards goal on 57 minutes after Belford came running out of his goal; the Bury keeper jumped high to get a palm to the ball and send it out for a corner.
David Syers wasted an easy chance to double Bradford's lead moments later when he was left with the ball at his feet and an open net at the far post, but managed to shoot backwards into the hands of Belford.
Bury pounced quickly, with a counter attack that saw Bradford on the back foot; a scramble in the box could've brought the game level, but Bury couldn't put the ball in the net, despite Ajose and Lowe's best efforts.
Gareth Evans shot wide on 65 minutes after he and Price paced forwards; Price squared the ball to Evans in plenty of space, but his eye wasn't on the goal.
Yellow card for Bradford on 68 minutes - Gareth Evans
Evans fired wide again on 69 minutes, as Bradford continued to press for a second goal.
Substitution for Bradford on 71 minutes - James Hanson on for Jason Price
Substitution for Bury on 73 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis on for Andy Haworth
Substitution for Bury on 79 minutes - Kyle Bennett on for Steven Schumacher
Evans tried from distance with less than five minutes left, forcing another diving save from Belford.
Five minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury continued their search for an equaliser.
Substitution for Bradford in added time - Robbie Threlfall on for Omar Daley
The equaliser never came, and Bradford took all three points on home turf to the tune of the same scoreline as the return fixture at Gigg Lane.
Aside from a bright opening period, Bury were often second best in this game against a Bradford side that looked dangerous once they got into the game.
Bury had plenty of runs forward and chances in the area, but that elusive finishing touch was missing.
Results around them meant Bury stayed in fifth spot in the table, while Bradford continued their stride up the league, sitting in tenth place at the end of play.
Full Time - Bradford 1 Bury 0
Attendance - 11,384 (762 visitors)