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Garry Thompson’s first goal for nearly eight months ensured City signed off at Valley Parade with a win.
Thompson came off the bench to score a late header and make it back-to-back home victories to finish off for Phil Parkinson’s side.
Aaron Mclean had netted the first – with only his third goal for the club.
The first half was very low key after Matt Tubbs had scuffed wide an early chance.
City’s first efforts on note came from the two centre halves but Rory McArdle’s header and a blast from Andrew Davies were both straight at the keeper.
Mark Yeates, making his first start since before Christmas, looked to get on the ball in his role behind the front two. And he went close with a free-kick that just flew past the top corner.
Mclean broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, coolly firing home from Nathan Doyle’s ball over the top.
Crawley levelled midway through the half as Jamie Proctor seized on fellow sub Carl McHugh’s indecision to clip over a stranded Jon McLaughlin.
But City clinched the win four minutes from time when Thompson flicked home a header from Gary Jones’s corner.
It ensured that a day that had begun in sombre manner with the traditional minute’s silence for the fire victims ended in high spirits.
Thompson shot parried by the keeper as the final whistle sounds
Crawley counter and captain Simpson clears the TL Dallas stand with his shot
Yeates sends Stead away but his shot is blocked in the box
That was Thompson's first goal since September
Four added minutes as Midland Road belts out
City back in front through THOMPSON, flicks header in from Jones corner. 2-1
Yeates cross almost goes in off McFadzean's thigh
Good bit of defending from Darby to prevent Tubbs from reaching Proctor cross
Another Tubbs effort flies wide but it's enough to get the 103 travellers jumping about
Tubbs cracks a 30-yard free-kick but McLaughlin has everything behind it
Torres tries a 25-yard curler. It's as deadly as anything his namesake can try and McLaughlin saves easily
Paul Jones gets a "lucky keeper" decision after dropping a cross under pressure from Stead
Today's crowd is 13,247 with 103, yes 103, from Crawley... presumably their taxi is booked for later
Another City change, Bennett for De Vita with 20 minutes left
Yeates pass intercepted in Crawley half. McFadzean clips long ball forward which McHugh should have dealt with. His indecision means keeper comes rushing out and Proctor calmly lifts ball over him
Crawley level with lovely lob from sub PROCTOR, 1-1
McLaughlin comes out confidently to side of his six-yard box to deny Tubbs
Thompson playing up front with Stead
Nice header in the crowd from fella in the red jacket!
The goalscorer is going off. Mclean hooks shot wide - and that's his final touch as on comes Thompson
Long clearance from McLaughlin catches Crawley napping. Stead chases it down and wins the corner in front of an appreciative Kop
@ParkerTandA bet down#owemeafiveaaronmclean— @garethphamer 26 April 2014
Here comes the change as McHugh replaces McArdle, 59th min
City down to ten for the moment. Doyle drops back to centre half as McHugh prepares to come on
McArdle heads to the touchline clutching a towel against his head
Torres coming on! Sergio, that is, for Michael Jones. One less Jones..
Proctor also replacing Dicker
Crawley win another corner but it's cut short by a foul on McArdle
That's got the crowd buzzing again.
And City have scored! MCLEAN slams his third for the club into the bottom corner after Doyle's pass over the top. 1-0
McLaughlin punches weakly at a Crawley corner but recovers to block follow-up volley from McFadzean
All these Joneses on the pitch. Can't keep up with them
Jones finds Stead with an angled pass. The striker skins Connolly as he cuts inside from the left wing but his shot is blocked by Walsh
Uneventful first half. Although McLaughlin picked up tissue that blew on the pitch, and tried to throw it into the wind #epicfail #bcafc— @CKemp2111 26 April 2014
Mclean and Stead get us going once again. Let's hope this half actually provides some entertainment
Next time those players will be out there is Tuesday night when they try to make it a double by beating Colchester in the Youth Alliance Cup final...
David Wetherall on the pitch in his official Football League guise to present the championship trophy to City's youth team
The whistle blows and it's been low key so far. City better team but not a lot to go on
Paul Jones flaps at Gary's free-kick but gets enough on it to take it off Davies' waiting head.
Another weak punch from the resulting corner but the keeper gets away with it.
We're into the one minute of added time
Gary Jones again covers plenty of ground in possession. Never stops running that man...
Oops! McLaughlin fluffs clearance and the ball flies straight up in the air...
Michael Jones cuts inside to have a crack at City goal but Davies calmly leans into it and sticks a broad back in the way
... And it's a decent effort from the Irishman who curls it just past the far post
Yeates wants this one...
Gary Jones lifts the crowd by nicking ball off two Crawley players. Stead then fouled to give City a free-kick just outside box again...
Yeates produces another positive burst to draw a foul five yards outside the penalty area. If City are going to do anything, it will involve him
Mclean struggling to find a claret and amber shirt with his lay-offs
Young Gary Jones bombs forward from halfway but then rolls the pass behind Mclean in the Crawley box
Yeates looks interested.... but the game has got end of season stamped all over it
Mclean getting treatment for a knock so play stopped for a moment
Davies rumbles forward to ping in a fierce drive but it's straight at the keeper...
Hardly a thriller, @ParkerTandA thinking about a 16 page pull out for Mondays game #bcafc #not— @bantamsbanter 26 April 2014
Yeates tries to lift the tempo with an intelligent chip into the box but Mclean cannot control it
Tubbs looking lively with his movement but his attempted shot finds no way past McArdle's backside...
John Gregory getting very animated on the touchline. His hair stays in perfect place tho
Michael Jones has a pop from long distance which flies wide. McLaughlin had it covered
Sadler has room to cross for Crawley but puts it behind intended target Tubbs. It's all a bit tame at the moment but the crowd's having a good sing regardless
Stead low cross is blocked, Mclean lays it back to Jones who blazes over the bar from 20 yards
@ParkerTandA When Evans' Crawley came to VP there was brawling. Gregory's men today laid a wreath behind the goal-for fire victims #respect— @Darkagefootball 26 April 2014
Jones getting some loud - and screechy - encouragement from his kids behind the press box!
McArdle meets Jones free-kick with a firm header but Paul Jones saves
Tubbs scuffs first shot of the game wide
Corner for Crawley as Dicker cross headed behind by Darby. Taken quickly to Dicker and City struggle to get the ball away
As expected, City have lined up with a diamond midfield. But Drury also looking to push on down the left
Might not be much at stake in terms of league position but I'd say this is a big afternoon for Yeates. Needs to convince a doubting public
Crawley get us going and kick towards the Kop
The silence is naturally observed by everyone
Rousing chorus of Parkinson's Bradford Army from the Kop
A lot of the City players have their kids with them as they do the pre-match hand shake with Crawley
Great response to bucket collection for burns unit b4 City game. My arms ache from weight of donations. #bcafc http://t.co/3pbb9yWzXb— @janthecllr 26 April 2014
The teams are coming out to a huge roar...
Atmosphere building but shortly we'll be having the silence to remember the victims from 1985.
The giant flag which has been covering the centre circle will be rolled up and taken away before that takes place
Professor Sharpe receiving his presentation on the pitch...
RT @LizzCrompton: John Hendrie wishing Prof Sharpe well #McCall #suite #valleyparade #bcafc http://t.co/dEXfPJGRto— @jegolton 26 April 2014
Interesting to see that Adam Reach is starting for Middlesbrough against Barnsley today.
Not sure that's great news for Phil Parkinson's bid to get him back on loan again next season tho...
Crawley are playing their 19th game in 63 days as they play catch-up after being hit hard by the wet weather earlier in the year.
They will line up with five in midfield supporting on-loan Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs.
CRAWLEY: Jones, Connolly, McFadzean, Walsh, Sadler, Jones, Dicker, Bulman, Simpson, Edwards, Tubbs. Subs: Essam, Torres, Fallon, Proctor, Isaacs, Richefond, Maddison.
Mark Yeates makes his first start since December 21 as City make two changes from the side beaten at Swindon.
With Adam Reach back at Middlesbrough, Yeates takes his place and is expected to play in the role behind the front two.
Aaron Mclean comes in for Kyle Bennett but there is no James Hanson again, who is still obviously not 100 per cent.
But Nathan Doyle has been declared fit despite his groin problem. He is likely to sit behind Gary Jones and Raffaele De Vita.
James Meredith is again on the bench after playing the second half on Monday. Matty Dolan is another sub after missing the last game with a tweak.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Doyle, De Vita, Jones, Yeates, Mclean, Stead. Subs: Meredith, Dolan, Thompson, McHugh, McBurnie, Bennett, Jameson.
RT @officialbantams: #bcafc - The flag will be in place until just before today's minute's silence. http://t.co/icpWaMTkBk— @BenRedemtion 26 April 2014
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade for City's final home game of the season against Crawley.
Before kick-off there will be the traditional minute's silence to remember the victims of the fire.
There will also be a presentation to Professor David Sharpe on the pitch.
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