Knight is a shining light

A threat throughout the match with his relentless energy up and down the right wing, Lewis Knight excelled against Southport.

Some might say his goal was down to good fortune but to still have the ability to convert directly from a corner takes some quality.

The 20-year-old was at the forefront of everything good about Avenue, striking up a good partnership with Clare.

Knight could be crucial if Bradford are to put together a much-needed good run of form.

Give Clare a chance

Sometimes frustrating, other times sublime, that has been the sentiment shared by many an Avenue supporter since Tom Clare’s arrival before the festive period.

Against Port he was certainly the latter, putting in a proper centre forward's shift as he led his teams new found attacking charge.

His finish showed that he is a striker with the capabilities of at least getting into double figures over a full season if presented the chance.

Defensive fragilities

Errors at the back were the reason why Mark Bower's men did not come back to West Yorkshire with the three points.

Conceding silly goals has been a theme which has haunted Avenue all season, letting in a whopping 72 so far.

A simple throwing routine and individual mistakes proved to be Bradford’s downfall this time out.

The basement side must eradicate these flaws if they are to do the impossible and retain their place in the Vanarama National League North.

Clee class in midfield

The veteran playmaker has come into his own since Bower shifted him inside to a deeper role.

Previously wasted on the left, Nicky Clee’s ability to pick out a pass is up there with the best in the league, selecting options even onlookers could not spot.

Since receiving the armband after Keith Lowe’s departure at the start of the year, the 36-year-old has led by example with it clear to see that his teammates carry a high level of respect for their skipper.

Silly Stelios

The international full back began the game by putting in some good challenges and getting forward well.

However, it all went downhill in the final five minutes when Stelios Demetriou received his marching orders for bringing down George Newell.

Arguably it may have saved his team a point, but it comes at a different cost as the defender will miss next week's huge clash with relegation rivals Gloucester.