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Oxford United 0 Bradford City 2
City’s first away win of the season made it three in a week for Phil Parkinson’s bubbling Bantams.
Two second-half goals from corners from Andrew Davies – his third of the season – and Nahki Wells clinched a comfortable three points at out-of-sorts Oxford.
The home side were consigned to their fifth straight defeat but that was no concern to City and the 393 travelling fans.
City looked confident in the opening stages and had the first shot of the game after 15 minutes when Kyel Reid blazed wide from 25 yards.
Home keeper Ryan Clarke got himself into trouble when he chased a long ball from James Meredith. Wells got there ahead of him, leaving Clarke in no man’s land, but the angle proved too tight for the Bermudian and the keeper recovered to make a save.
Tony Capaldi, a left back playing in midfield, fired Oxford’s first effort harmlessly off target but City seemed to lose their spark as the first half went on. It was a flat game with little going on at either end.
James Hanson headed off target and was booked right on half-time for a challenge on Michael Raynes.
But City picked it up straight from the restart and were soon in front.
Gary Jones had a free-kick saved and then Kyel Reid’s drive through a crowd of players was turned behind by Clarke. But from the corner, Jones picked out Davies who rose to head home.
City almost had a quickfire second as Reid picked out Atkinson whose angled header just beat the post.
James Constable fired over the bar when the visitors were briefly down to ten men after Luke Oliver received treatment.
But City tightened their grip by pouncing from another Jones corner. Rory McArdle flicked on at the near post and Wells diverted it in from a couple of yards.
Jon McLaughlin prevented a Morecambe-style immediate riposte by beating away Peter Leven’s free-kick.
And it should have been 3-0 when sub Garry Thompson released Atkinson. With Hanson waiting for a tap-in, the midfielder went alone and his shot was blocked, Jones firing the rebound into the car park.
Leven bent another free-kick over before Hanson headed wide as City maintained their control to see out the game.
Oxford were booed off at the end as City milked another impressive result in front of their supporters.