Two of League One’s play-off chasers locked horns at Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon in a must win game for both sides.
Bantams gaffer Stuart McCall made two changes from the side which drew 2-2 with MK Dons on Tuesday night. Alex Jones and Mark Marshall came into the team following cries for more pace in the team after Tuesday night’s performance.
Meanwhile, veteran Craig Mackail-Smith and midfielder Chris Forrester came into a Posh side travelling to Valley Parade in a week which signified a year unbeaten at home in the league for the West Yorkshire side.
The first-half was an even affair lacking in any real clear-cut chances for either side. On 24 minutes, however, it was the home side that broke the deadlock.
Following some good work from Mark Marshall a scramble in the goalmouth resulted in Alex Jones bundling the ball over the line with Charlie Wyke firing the ball home just to be certain.
After a scrappy but fairly even half of football it was the Bantams who went into the break 1-0 up thanks to Jones’ solitary goal. However, with the likes of Marcus Maddison looking dangerous for the Posh and City’s defense looking prone to a mistake at any moment, at this point the result was nowhere near a certainty.
Following the even first half it was the home side who came out firing and looked the more likely to score in the second period. The Posh’s second-half performance was bleak and there was almost a calamitous own goal involving a mix up between Anthony Grant and goalkeeper Luke McGee in the travelling side’s six yard box on 51 minutes.
Grant tries to dribble the ball across his six-yard box, McGee lashes the ball against him and behind for a corner. #BRAvPET
— Posh Match Day Live (@PoshMatchLive) March 4, 2017
Despite chances and substitutions for both sides, neither could find a goal and it was the 17,000 Bradford fans who went home happy.