JANUARY has been a torrid time for Bradford City in the league but there has been joy in the cup, as well as some interesting and solid strikes.

The Bantams are yet to register a victory in the Sky Bet League 2 this year, dropping to 18th as a result.

But they made it through to the EFL Trophy Semi-Finals on Tuesday after 1-0 victory at home to Doncaster, despite striker Andy Cook receiving a red card in the 85th minute, and will find out their next opponents in the cup later today, live on Sky Sports News at 6.15pm.

Before that though the winner of City's January Goal of the Month will be revealed, and the nominations feature the strikes scored in those last two games of The Bantams' EFL Trophy cup run.

Each of the four shortlisted goals came from different players and you can watch them here:

Liam Ridehalgh v Crawley, January 6, Valley Parade, League 2 (4-2 loss)

The Bantams defender had maintained a proud record of scoring for every club that he has played for but was 83 attempts without success so far before Crawley came to town.

Que the 61st minute when Ridehalgh broke his two-and-half-year duck for City, with a miscued cross and providing an equaliser against the visitors.

The 32-year-old picked up the ball on the corner of the box after a missed header by the opposition's defender, skilfully flicking the ball beyond the same player with his control, before outmuscling him to secure the ball.

Ridehalgh then looked to loft the ball with his left boot towards the head of Andy Cook at the far post but it instead evaded everyone, including a scrambling keeper, and floated into the back of the net.

Sam Stubbs v Derby County, January 9, Pride Park, EFL Trophy (1-0 win)

The sole goal that sent City through to the quarter-finals of the cup featured another of the side's defenders. 

Stubbs scored his first of the season with a towering header in the 67th minute.

A whipped corner came in high from the left and Stubbs managed to beat two Derby players to the ball on the right corner of the six-yard box.

His instinctive and precise flick of the head generated enough power and direction to send the ball into the bottom-left corner of the goal, as Josh Vickers stood stranded to the right in the Derby goal and could only watch it go in.

Andy Cook v Colchester United, January 13, Colchester Community Stadium, League 2 (1-1 draw)

A proper striker's finish - instinctive, precise, and powerful.

Cook made it 13 goals for the season with a half-volley of sorts from within the box laser-beamed into the bottom right-hand corner.

The sturdy forward began the move in typical fashion by making a nuisance of himself when a ball was lofted high into the air towards him from deep.

He chested the delivery down under the pressure of a defender and then made a tumble alongside his combatant, seemingly look for a penalty. 

Bobby Pointon managed to get hold of the ball, while the floored Colchester defender continued to try make amends but it eventually landed at Cook's feet after some scrappy player and the striker made no mistake in finding the net with a snap-shot.

Harry Chapman v Doncaster Rovers, January 30, Valley Parade, EFL Trophy (1-0 win)

What more is there to say other than a sensational free-kick that sent The Bantams one step closer to Wembley?

Another player scoring their first of the season, Chapman was afforded the opportunity to show his talent when a foul was given after Alex Gilliead was pulled back by Jay McGrath.

Chapman duly obliged, bending the set piece relatively low and hard, just over the wall, and beyond the reach of the Doncaster goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net.


Voting is well underway and there's a standout favourite currently.

At the time of writing, almost 500 people have cast their votes, with 80.9 per cent of them selecting Chapman's free-kick as their top goal for January.

Ridehalgh's is next with 12.8 per cent, followed by Cook's on 3.5 per cent and the header from Stubbs with 2.9 per cent.

The vote closes at 5pm and you can get involved here: twitter.com/officialbantams/status/1753116861581889948