Bradford City continued their fine form in what was an indifferent week for the three West Yorkshire sides.
The Bantams have now won 5 out of their last 6 games, in both the league and FA Cup, and haven’t lost a game since 1st November. The first half of their game away at Chesterfield was relatively even, with both sides having chances, but the game changed on 47 minutes when the Spireites went down to ten men, following Sam Morsy’s dismissal. Billy Clarke, on his 27th birthday, took advantage, with a fantastic strike from just outside the area. Bradford now sit just one point of the playoff games, and have a lot of momentum heading into the busy Christmas period.
Huddersfield Town, however, fell apart at Norwich, as they were humiliated 5-0 at the hands of the Canaries. The first half saw little action, apart from Murray Wallace’s red card for the Terriers, and the game remained scoreless at half time. Former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson got Norwich off to a great start after half time, however, scoring 44 seconds into the half, and quickfire goals from Nathan Redmond and another header from Johnson saw Norwich go 3-0 up in the space of just over 5 minutes. Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban also scored, to leave Huddersfield 17th in the Championship.
Leeds United lost 1-0 at home to Fulham, in a close game. Hugo Rodallega’s goal on 60 minutes was enough to give the visitors the three points, although former Leeds captain Ross McCormack should have scored, but lost his footing when he was through on goal. Stephen Warnock’s hamstring injury, suffered in the dying minutes of the game, will be a concern for Leeds, and defeat leaves them 19th in the table, 5 points above the relegation places.