vs. Bradford City
All matches in 2004/05

Match Details

Saturday, 19th March 2005
Bradford and Bingley Stadium, Bradford
2004/05 Coca-Cola Football League One
Match 37 of 46
Bower 60' 
Williams 42', Porter 73' 
Attendance: 7909
Ref: Phil Joslin (Nottinghamshire)
GOAL: Mark Bower (1-1) Substitution: Ben Clark for Joel Porter Substitution: Steven Istead for Hugh Robertson Substitution: Adam Boyd for Mark Tinkler GOAL: Joel Porter (1-2) GOAL: Eifion Williams (0-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Mark Bower (1-1) Substitution: Ben Clark for Joel Porter Substitution: Steven Istead for Hugh Robertson Substitution: Adam Boyd for Mark Tinkler GOAL: Joel Porter (1-2) GOAL: Eifion Williams (0-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

There was mixed team news as Pools travelled to Valley Parade looking to arrest an alarming run of four straight defeats. Chris Westwood and Mark Tinkler both made welcome returns to the side following injuries, but top scorer Adam Boyd only made the bench after an incident in the town a few days earlier had left him nursing cuts and bruises.

Pools started the game on the front foot and pinned City back in their own half for much of the opening half-hour. But, as it had been on the opening day of the season, the Bradford defence was strong and Pools struggled to get a clear sight of goal. The best chance of the opening exchanges came when Eifion Willimas, playing a rare game in his favoured strik,ing position, brought a fine save from Paul Henderson and Ritchie Humphreys put the rebound wide.

With time running out in the first half, Pools took the lead with a training ground free kick. In the absence of Boyd, Porter received a short kick to the edge of the area and spun his marker. The Australian tehn picked out his strike partner and WILLIAMS guided a header across Henderson from six yards. The home side were almost gifted an immediate equaliser. Jim Provett`s poor clearance went straight to Dean Windass and the veteran Bradford striker broke down the left before crossing for Andy Cooke, but Provett atoned for his error with a point-blank save.

The home side started the second half in more determined fashion and looked the better side in the opening 15 minutes. Their efforts were rewarded when Mark BOWER powered in a header from an Owen Morrison cross. The goal lifted the Bantams and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson almost gave them the lead but his shot was narrowly wide. Pools gradually got back into the game and for the rest of the game the sides were quite evenly matched. Pools regained the lead when a Matty Robson throw was flicked across his own area by Peter Atherton and PORTER rose at the far post to head home.

A frantic finish saw both sides denied what looked clear penalties, for a trip on Porter and a Nelson handball. But neither were given and despite a late scramble in the area, Pools held out for a much-needed win. It was a win that also dealt a severe blow to Bradford`s own fading playoff hopes.


Manager: Not known
9010000901-1 flag flag0061Paul Henderson
9020000901-1 flag flag0012Peter Atherton
9030010901-1 flag flag0013David Wetherall
9041000901-1 flag flag0014Mark Bower
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Lewis Emanuel
9060000901-1 flag flag0056Owen Morrison
9070000901-1 flag flag0017Nicky Summerbee
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Steve Schumacher
9090000901-1 flag flag0019Dean Windass
90100000901-1 flag flag00110Andy Cooke
90110010901-1 flag flag00111Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
90120000901-1 flag flag00112John Swift
90130000901-1 flag flag00113Craig Armstrong
90140000901-1 flag flag00114Danny Forrest
Manager: Neale Cooper
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Jim Provett
9020010901-1 flag flag00122Darren Craddock
9030000821-1 flag flag0023Hugh Robertson-82
9040000901-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
9060000781-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler-78
9070000901-1 flag flag00115Antony Sweeney
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9091000901-1 flag flag0039Eifion Williams
90101000891-1 flag flag00614Joel Porter-89
90110000901-1 flag flag00118Matty Robson
901200089901-1 flag flag00117Ben Clark+89
9013000000-1 flag flag00211Gavin Strachan
901400082901-1 flag flag00120Steven Istead+82
901500078901-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd+78
9016000000-1 flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
10620720     1  flag flag0011Jim Provett22y 87d00
20132146     1  flag flag00122Darren Craddock20y 24d00
30321381     1  flag flag0023Hugh Robertson30y 0d66
4023572747     1  flag flag0016Chris Westwood28y 34d79
50713893     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson24y 356d44
6018332113     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler30y 146d3335
70457587     1  flag flag00115Antony Sweeney21y 195d1114
8017141975     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys27y 109d2122
911151213215     1  flag flag0039Eifion Williams29y 124d
10149126114     1  flag flag00614Joel Porter26y 84d
11031114012     1  flag flag00118Matty Robson20y 55d34
120143204     1  flag flag00117Ben Clark22y 54d00
140151263     1  flag flag00120Steven Istead18y 330d12
15069458451     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd22y 298d4348
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 177d

League Table

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