A Sensational start to the 2014/15 campaign

An amazing way to start the season with two teams looking to kick their season off with 3 points on the board. The game was battled out by both teams the whole way through the match and the score line shows the team that fully deserved victory.

Both teams were fast out of the blocks on the opening day with chances falling to Jordan Clarke and Jim O’Brien of Coventry in the opening 15 minutes. Both Coventry and Bradford were playing at a good tempo and It was enjoyable to watch, the game rapidly improved and by the 27th minute Bradford had broken the deadlock with a great header from James Hanson. Great build up play through the middle of the park before  a lovely ball in from Billy Clarke followed up by a leaping header from James Hanson, that was his opening goal of his campaign and Bradford’s first to. The second goal of the game came from a corner that was a controversial decision, Bradford players were left speechless when the Coventry captain Reda Johnson headed home from close range to make it 1-1. Early into the second half a penalty was given to the Bantams after the Coventry scorer fouled Hanson, Alan Sheehan converted from the spot to make it 2-1. The game slowed down and was still a good game to watch until the 89th minute when the Coventry centre half Reda Johnson, grabbed his second of the game with a right footed shot from close range. Moments later a beautifully weighted cross from Jason Kennedy picked out James Hanson in the box who grabbed his second of the game, after another 5 minutes of added time the Bantams hung on and clinched 3 points in what was a very bright start to the season. Both teams played well and it was  great game to watch.

Bradford City

Jordan Pickford Looks a promising keeper, made some good saves and could pick out players from all over the pitch. 7.0
Stephen Darby Consistent as usual gets forward and put a few crosses in an also made some good tackles. 7.5
Andrew Davies Always puts a shift in which he did, not afraid of making a tackle an him and McArdle are solid at the back. 7.0
Rory McArdle Good in defence but likes to hoof the ball up to Hanson too much, played well though. 6.5
Alan Sheehan Played well and scored a penalty, very cool and composed. 7.5
Gary Liddle Had a great competitive debut for the Bantams put some beautiful balls in and deserves to start against Morecambe on Tuesday. 8.0
Jason Kennedy Had a dream game, covered every bit of the pitch, helped everyone out and deserves to start again. 8.5
Billy Knott He also had  a good performance and sped up the game. 8.0
Mark Yeates Didn’t get much game time last season and he showed today that he should of. 8.0
Billy Clarke Great player to help out Hanson and should start next week. 7.5
James Hanson Best player on the pitch, scored 2 great goals and put in a massive effort to open up the season. 9.0


Matthew Dolan Came on in the 71st minute and slowed the game down, good impact. 7.0
Aaron Mclean Came on in the 89th minute, wasn’t on long but looked good. 6.5


Coventry City

Ryan Allsop Made a couple of good saves but conceded 3. 6.0
Danny Pugh Was solid at the back, played okay but couldn’t stop the Bantams strike force. 6.0
Jordan Clarke Paired up well with Johnson but was brought off late on in the game. 5.5
Andy Webster Good in defence except from a few mistakes. 5.5
Reda Johnson Scored 2 close range goals ,but gave the penalty away Coventry`s star man. 7.0
Jordan Willis Had great game made a stunning tackle in the second half. 6.5
Danny Swanson The middle of the team,led the midfield but couldn’t stop Bradford’s midfielders. 6.0
Jim O`Brien Had a good performance and deserves to start against Cardiff on Wednesday. 6.5
Connor Thomas Didn’t do too much in the game but was brought off in the 67th minute. 5.5
Marcus Tudgay Didn’t get involved much, but deserves another start on Wednesday. 6.0
Josh McQuoid Similar to his strike partner, had a few shots, nothing good came of them. 5.5


John Fleck Came on in the 67th minute and the time he was on he looked positive. 6.0
Shaun Miller Came on in the 78th minute and was strong throughout the remaining 12 minutes. 5.5


Man of the Match

James Hanson Had a dream performance kicked his season off with 2 headed goalsand he won the game for the bantam. He was forward scoring the goals and was also at

the back helping out the defence. Thoroughly deserved man of the match.