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Two second-half stunners from Luke Freeman sent City tumbling to defeat against struggling Stevenage.
The Bantams looked on course to make it three home wins on the bounce when Adam Reach and then James Hanson put them in front.
But Stevenage, who had lost all 16 games when they had trailed at half-time before today, stormed back with two cracking goals to take the points.
Reach set City on his way in sensational fashion with a superb volley after 11 minutes.
Having opened his goal account, the left winger threatened again with a shot that Chris Day beat away.
But Stevenage were level midway through the half. Stephen Darby blocked Luke Freeman’s effort but Francois Zoko tucked home the loose ball.
For a while, City lost their way as the visitors grew in confidence.
But home nerves were settled four minutes before the break. Reach was again involved as his shot was parried as far as Hanson to fire his 11th goal of the season.
Aaron Mclean should have ended his eight-game hunt for a first goal when Day struggled to deal with a Reach cross. But the striker squirted his close-range effort well wide – it proved a costly miss.
City almost paid the price when Bira Dembele headed against the bar.
But Stevenage were level from their next attack as Freeman lashed home from 30 yards.
And worse was to follow when the midfielder unleashed another rocket into the top corner from a tapped free-kick.
It's all over and City are beaten
It's Yeates. And it's poor
Yeates and Reach over it
Free-kick by the Stevenage D....
Four added minutes to salvage something
Double Stevenage change, Wedgbury for Doughty and Mousinho for Deacon. Sub subbed to waste some time
Yeates volleys wide from close range. Another big chance goes begging ....
It's all gone horribly wrong for City...
And FREEMAN has lashed Stevenage in front with another stunner....
Booking for McHugh
Freeman bundled over by McHugh right on the edge of the box. Stevenage arguing it was in the area
Jones lets fly with a 25-yard rocket but it's always soaring off target
Gray on for Mclean
Thompson makes way for Yeates, 79min
The lesser-spotted Mark Yeates ready to come on. So is Andy Gray
Mclean tees up Jones for low drive through crowd of players and Day turns it behind...
Game stagnating at the moment. City lost the zip from their play and crowd very muted
Why is it so hard for us to perform against teams near the bottom? #bcafc— @JB_Pearson93 01 March 2014
Crowd today with 13,033 including 138 visitors. Must have counted them twice then...
Great strike from Freeman but City were guilty of standing off him and inviting him to have a pop. Could McLaughlin have done better from that distance?
And out of nothing we're level again as FREEMAN lashes home from 30 yards. 2-2
Freeman's cross is headed firmly against the bar by Dembele... Let-off for City
Darby thwarts Deacon's run at expense of Stevenage corner
Reach cross palmed away by Day straight to Mclean.... who screws shot wide. Big chance missed
Mclean attempts an ultra ambitious chest and volley from 30 yards which dips well wide
Kop going through their repertoire as City hunt a third goal to give them some breathing space
Mclean tries an overhead which Day dives to save...
Stevenage replace Hartley with Deacon before they get the game going again
And that's half-time. 2-1 to City
Three minutes of stoppage time
Reach has time to line up another shot which Day parries as far as Hanson, who makes no mistake with rebound. 2-1 to City as half-time approaches
City back in front as HANSON slots home his 11th of season!
Another Stevenage corner. City not had one yet
Akins cynically tugs back Thompson. That's another booking...
Freeman wriggles his way through to win Stevenage's second coner. McArdle blocks attempted side-foot volley by Hartley
City forced into first change as Davies hobbles off. Bates coming on
McHugh slips round back from Jones free-kick but setpiece too strong for him
City lost their way a bit since the equaliser. Knocked the wind out their sails
Crucial interception from Davies in six-yard box after Akins brushes past Darby.
Brief lull as Davies gets treatment and his team-mates enjoy a drinks break
McLaughlin long clearance into Stevenage box and Hanson hooks over the bar...
Stevenage have their tails up and Zoko almost puts in Charles...
Darby produces great block to deny Freeman's shot after Davies slips but ball breaks to ZOKO who fires into the bottom corner...
Stevenage level through ZOKO...
Thompson flattened with an elbow. Referee Sarginson finally finds his card to deal with Hartley...
Hanson nods wide to Reach who warms Day's hands with another rasping strike...
That was City's first goal before half-time in eight games....
Nice build-up play down City's left but McHugh cross too strong for Hanson
Reach finally gets his goal. Like a rocket. #footlikeatractionengine and an ace celebration too. #bcafc— @KeithWildman 01 March 2014
The Kop come to life. Big breakthrough against a team who have lost so many on the road...
Hanson nods down to Reach who fires home lethal left-foot volley from just inside the box.
Great strike from REACH! 1-0 City
... and escapes with a warning from the ref
Dembele goes right through the back of Hanson with an elbow to the head...
Early call for sarginson to make, why does that name send a shiver down my spine? #bcafc history— @Ianhirst666 01 March 2014
Akins header saved by McLaughlin with his legs. Suddenly City break through Mclean but Ashton makes a crucial block to deny striker chance of his first goal... all happening
Booking for the City keeper
McLaughlin in trouble as he races out of box and knocks over Zoko...
Zoko thumps 20-yarder straight into McLaughlin's chest
And City get us underway towards the Kop...
Teams are out and ready to go...
Well...I count 14 away fans for stevenage at the moment #bcafc— @DerrieT 01 March 2014
Good decision to bring Thommo back into the side in my opinion. Bennett was very disappointing last week #bcafc— @tjroche 01 March 2014
Stevenage have lost the last five away games and are the worst travellers in League One.
STEVENAGE: Day, Obeng, Dembele, Ashton, Hartley, Smith, Doughty, Akins, Freeman, Charles, Zoko. Subs: Wedgbury, Jones, Mousinho, Burrow, Parrett, Deacon, Arnold.
City make one change from the side that beat MK Dons.
Garry Thompson replaces Kyle Bennett on the right wing after coming off the bench with a decent cameo last week.
Matthew Bates is back on the bench after two games out with a hip injury. Oliver McBurnie is the one to miss out.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, McHugh, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Reach, Mclean, Hanson. Subs: Dolan, Gray, Atkinson, Bates, Bennett, Yeates, Jameson.
Good afternoon and welcome from an overcast Valley Parade as City look to make it a hat-trick of home wins this afternoon.
But bottom club Stevenage head north on the back of a much-needed three points against Crewe in midweek.