Aug 19, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Broadfield Stadium
CrawleyCrawley Town
BradfordBradford City
Walsh (54')
Oyebanjo (68')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Hanson (49'), Knott (62'), Bennett (77')
Morais (24'), Sheehan (57')

Result: Bradford City too strong for Crawley Town

Bradford City maintain their unbeaten start to the League One season with a 3-1 win over Crawley Town.

Bradford City have maintained their unbeaten start to the League One season with a 3-1 win over Crawley Town this evening.

Felipe Morais tried to give the hosts the lead inside the opening minute with a volley from 20 yards out, but his shot finished well high of the bar.

Jimmy Smith was denied by Jordan Pickford as he tried to curl the ball in from a free kick, but a deflection off the wall allowed the Bradford keeper to make the save.

Billy Knott made a move for the visitors, firing a high ball in towards Aaron McLean, but the striker could only head wide.

Morais threatened from a corner, curling the ball in dangerously, but Brian Jensen came off his line to make sure Bradford did not get the shot away.

Crawley made a bright start to the second half when Lanre Oyebanjo crossed the ball in, while Gavin Tomlin had a shot blocked.

However, it was the visitors that broke the deadlock just a couple of minutes later when Oyebanjo slipped while attempting a clearance, allowing James Hanson to pounce on the loose ball and smash it into the back of the net.

The lead was short-lived, as Joe Walsh picked out a Ryan Dickson corner to head in the equaliser five minutes after the opener.

Bradford upped their game again in a bid to restore their lead, and they did so just after the hour mark when Knott hit the ball in the volley from the edge of the box, with his finish going in off the post.

Mason Bennett made it three for the visitors when he timed a run from midfield to beat the offside trap and chip the ball over Jensen.

Mark Yeates had a chance to add another for Bradford inside the final 10 minutes after making a quick run down the wing, but he sent his finish high.

The result leaves Bradford second in the table, while Crawley sit seventh.

James Hanson of Bradford celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Bradford City and Brentford at the Coral Windows Stadium on September 7, 2013
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