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FT: City 1 Peterborough 0
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Forget the maths, City are safe!
Adam Reach’s stunning free-kick clinched their first home win in five attempts in his final appearance at Valley Parade.
The win over sixth-placed Posh, who played the second half with ten men after Shaun Brisley’s red card, puts the Bantams nine points clear of the bottom four.
And with the massive advantage in goal difference, they can relax over a job done.
It was nervier than it should have been but City were far more positive than the last two home games against Walsall and Oldham.
Sub Kyle Bennett had a point-blank header saved and James Hanson, back from injury, saw a late effort scrambled off the line.
It's all over, City are SAFE!
Hanson shot cleared off the line by Ntlhe... now Posh have one last corner...
Shot from Little saved low down by McLaughlin
Four more minutes to see off... and Posh have a corner. Up comes the keeper!
Peterborough heading for their 18th defeat of the season - and they are in sixth
Another chance for Bennett to wrap it up but he gets underneath the shot from the edge of the area
Reach cross, Bennett times his run - and his header is blocked by Day. Or rather, it hits the keeper who knew little about it
Posh make their last sub as Isgrove comes on for Washington
hoping @A9Mac can bang the decisive goal away against his former employers. #bcafc— @CraigAndrew3 18 April 2014
But they still haven't managed a single shot on target
Another Posh corner. They are certainly having a go
Drury booked for kicking the ball away after Jones gives away a foul...
Reach shot beaten away at near post for a corner. City's first - about time....
Bennett straight away into the action with a cross that is just too high for Hanson to direct on goal....
Double change for City after 68 minutes. Mclean on for Stead, Bennett for De Vita - who's had an excellent game
Reach drives down left, Hanson controls his cross into the path of Stead. But his partner wants too many touches and the door is slammed shut
Tonight's crowd is 13,820 with 652 up from Peterborough
Peterborough don't look like a team missing a player. Assombalonga dangerous again with a curler just beyond the far post...
Davies back on now. Let battle recommence...
With City still down to ten, Payne fires over from edge of the box
Davies hobbling off but pointing the finger at the Posh striker as he goes.... there could be some afters
Assombalonga stood on the defender who looks in a fair bit of pain
Davies on the floor getting treatment...
Darby to the rescue for City as Assombalonga latches on to Alcock's pass and cuts in from the right. McLaughlin comes out to try and block and the striker's squared pass is intercepted by Darby in the six-yard box
Adam Reach opens the scoring
Assombalonga shot deflects off Davies, wrong-footing McLaughlin, but clears the bar.... This one is far from over
Can't sit back on this lead #bcafc, need to get at them and bag a couple more. It's what we're best at. COME ON CITY— @jono_1984 18 April 2014
Booming chorus of Midland Road rings round the ground...
Taken short and quickly but Drury is alert to any danger and City clear comfortably
But they do have a corner...
Davies backs into Washington and Ferguson unhappy that the City defender stops Posh taking a quick free-kick...
Reach straight on it again, bursting forward before clipping left-foot shot over bar
Two half-time changes from Posh as Bostwick replaces Ajose and Alcock on for Newell...
Nice first half that #bcafc Great goal, good discipline, but think we'll need 2 to win it, posh almost shoot on sight.— @thedrbob 18 April 2014
Very good half from #bcafc Parky has set us up well with Reach in the hole and the two units out wide. These look poor, especially post-red— @Holden_Tight 18 April 2014
And that's half-time. What a good half it's been for the Bantams....
three minutes of stoppages to go....
It nearly gets worse for Posh as De Vita's thundering volley flies just wide....
David Wetherall, who's sat next to me, thought that was harsh. Centre-halves union....
And now yellow turns to red... Brisley brings down Reach and off he goes
Peterborough centre half Brisley is first name in the book for flattening Stead
Reach again but he cannot keep this one on target....
City playing with swagger now as Drury lets rip with angled blast that Day turns away
What a fantastic strike that was, bending the free-kick over the wall and into the top left-hand corner of Day's net....
Reach going to take it - GOAL
Reach brought down 25 yards out, dead centre...
Cross of the day from De Vita bends invitingly to the far post where Hanson just fails to make contact...
Jones hooks a volley over the bar
Davies gets away with it after letting a ball run for his keeper that was never going to get there... luckily McArdle was alive to the cross to clear
First corner of proceedings and it's a Posh one
De Vita cuts inside to stretch Day with a daisy-cutter...
First threat of the night. Clever flick round the corner from Ajose and Rowe fires just wide from outside the box.
Darby tees up Reach for a pop from 25 yards but he cannot keep it down
Fast feet from Reach, breaking on to Jones pass, but cannot keep his cross in play
McArdle makes important penalty-box challenge on Washington and Rowe thrashes loose ball high into the Kop
City matching up Peterborough's diamond midfield. Reach playing just behind front two, Doyle sitting again in front of back four
Posh first foray forward, two shots blocked and then Payne thrashes one wide from 20 yards
Crowd in good voice for this. Peterborough, to be fair, making some noise as well
Reach run blocked but ball runs loose for De Vita to tee up Doyle. Keeper saves above his head
Posh get us underway kicking towards the Kop
RT @SuperPosh7: I'd be happy with that starting Xl for the play off final, so they shouldn't even break a sweat against lowly BRADFORD #puf…— @ChrisHilton83 18 April 2014
Considering it's a lovely sunny evening everywhere else, it's flippin' cold here!
Peterborough first-choice goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik is ill so Joe Day comes in between the posts.
His last appearance was an inglorious one when they lost 5-4 at Oldham after leading 4-2 with 20 minutes to go...
There are three changes in all.
PETERBOROUGH: Day, Little, Brisley, Baldwin, Ntlhe, Payne, Newell, Rowe, Ajose, Washington, Assombalonga. Subs: Alcock, Bostwick, McCann, Nugent, McQuoid, Isgrove, Lynch.
Hanson back.. This is a Good Friday indeed! Great news! #bcafc— @aaronbower 18 April 2014
James Hanson is back for City tonight.
The centre forward's return is one of two changes from the goalless draw last Friday at Rotherham.
Hanson replaces Matty Dolan and Raffaele De Vita comes in for Kyel Bennett so it looks like City will revert to 4-4-2. It's De Vita's first start since November 9.
Aaron Mclean is also on the bench against the club where he made his name after recovering from a hamstring problem.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, De Vita, Jones, Doyle, Reach, Stead, Hanson. Subs: Dolan, Thompson, Bennett, Yeates, McHugh, Mclean, Barker.
Good evening and welcome from Valley Parade as City face sixth-placed Peterborough.
No team news for another few minutes but James Hanson is certainly here...
And so is Sir Alex Ferguson checking on his lad's team!
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