By Ayyaz Malik
Bradford went into this mid table clash with Chesterfield on the back of an impressive victory over Dartford in the FA cup. The Bantams went into it looking to improve on their consistency in the league. After reaching the third round of the FA cup last week, Phil Parkinson’s side will no doubt be looking to move up the league table knowing their next FA cup game is in early January.
Chesterfield meanwhile went into this game against the Yorkshire side on the back of a six game unbeaten run. The Speirites beat MK Dons at stadium Mk last time out, that’s an impressive achievement considering twenty time premier league champions were hammered 4-0 when they visited stadium MK earlier this season.
The game itself was a hard fought contest which saw the home side reduced to 10 men in the 48th minute. Sam Morsy received his marching orders for appearing to catch Bradford’s Andy Halliday with his arm.
That dismissal would prove to be a turning point in the match as birthday boy Billy Clarke capped his 27th birthday off in style by scoring what proved to be the only goal with a superb strike just outside the box. Chesterfield searched in vain for an equaliser, Jay O’Shea was denied by visiting keeper Jordan Pickford – but Bradford held on for the three points.
The win for Bradford sees the Bantams just a point outside the play-off places in 10th position, as for Chesterfield they slip down to 13th position.