Saturday’s results saw a surprise, yet excellent win for Bradford City, a draw for Huddersfield Town and a defeat for Leeds United, whilst Tuesday saw Bradford City draw away from home, and Leeds United lose again.
Bradford City won 1-0 away at high-flying Leyton Orient, despite the loss of James Hanson due to a back injury. The Bantams were poor in their game last Tuesday night at home to Walsall, and manager Phil Parkinson demanded a response. Despite having to withstand heavy Orient pressure, Bradford took the lead on 27 minutes, when Aaron McLean volleyed in at the back post. The home side were frustrated by City’s resilient defending, with goalkeeper Jon McLaughlan having a fine game. All the home side’s pressure counted for nothing, and Bradford picked up the three points, despite the odds being heavily stacked against them.
Tuesday night saw Bradford draw 0-0 away at Coventry City, despite plenty of pressure from the Bantams. Bradford had the majority of the chances to win the game, and came closest when Adam Reach’s header hit the bar, after a Kyle Bennett cross. There were certainly plenty of encouraging signs for boss Phil Parkinson, and City’s two away games in four days have seen them pick up four points, a respectable total, and one that leaves them 12th in the League One table.
Huddersfield Town drew 1-1 at play-off contenders Reading, in a performance that will have pleased Terriers boss Mark Robins. Nahki Wells scored his fifth goal for Huddersfield, and 19th of the season, when he opened the scoring on 4 minutes. Tommy Smith’s long ball sent the Bermudan in, and Wells had no trouble finding the net. Their lead was shortlived, however, with Pavel Pogrebnyak’s penalty just three minutes later levelling the game. Huddersfield enjoyed sustained spells of pressure, but couldn’t find a winner, with the draw leaving them 16th in the Championship table.
Leeds United’s poor form continued as they lost 2-1 at home to Doncaster. In a week dominated by their off-field problems, it was the visitors who took the lead on 23 minutes, when David Cotterill’s shot beat Jack Butland. Doncaster made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, when Billy Sharp pounced on a mistake by Sam Byram to double the lead for the visiting team. Ross McCormack got United back into the game on 62 minutes, when he headed in for his 28th goal of the season, but Leeds could not gain control of the game.
Tuesday night saw a continuation of their poor form, going down 1-0 at home to Charlton. It was the visitors who dominated most of the game, and Reza Ghoochannejhad scored on 54 minutes to give the visiting side the lead, much to the discontent of the majority of the 17,343 crowd inside Elland Road. Jack Butland produced a fine string of saves to keep the score at 1-0, before Leeds were awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute, after Aidy Waite was shoved over in the box. Captain, and top scorer Ross McCormack took the penalty, but his effort was saved by Ben Hamer, to seal the game for Charlton. Leeds have now won just one of their last ten games, and have lost six out of the last seven, a very poor run of form.