Coventry City saw off Bradford City 4-2 at the Northern Commercials Stadium last night to secure a fourth straight win in League One.
They took the lead after two minutes when Jonson Clarke-Harris nodded home from close range following a Michael Doyle corner. The 24-year-old striker was then denied a second headed goal shortly after but was impressively denied by Bradford stopper Richard O’Donnell.
The visitors did get their second in the 11th minute when Conor Chaplin curled home a beautiful free-kick after Jordy Hiwula was hacked down outside the box.
Bradford had two penalty shouts turned down by referee Ross Joyce as they struggled to find a reaction in the first-half. Their first shot on target of the game on the half-hour mark from Josh Wright sparked sarcastic cheers from the home crowd and was an easy save for Lee Burge.
The travelling supporters were in fine voice throughout the encounter but will have feared the worst when Bradford pulled a goal back in the second-half when defender Anthony O’Connor flicked home a Lewis O’Brien cross. Bantams fans reacted with an ironic chant of “We scored a goal!”.
Their hopes of getting back into the game were dashed moments later when Chaplin, who impressed throughout the game, broke away and found Hiwula who slid the ball into the bottom corner against his former club.
Coventry made it 4-1 on 70 minutes after Tom Bayliss ran at the Bradford defence before beating O’Donnell with a left footed drive, which sent many home fans to the exits. However, the Yorkshire side pulled another goal back two minutes later as O’Connor bagged his second with a fierce shot inside the box.
David Hopkins’ side then thought they had made it 4-3 just before the end when George Miller bundled the ball home from a yard out but he was adjudged to have handled it by the referee. The Middlesbrough loanee was then sent off shortly before the final whistle blew for his reaction.
The result has left Bradford City bottom of League One, whereas Coventry are now just a point off the Play-Offs.