Accrington Stanley 0 Bradford City 2

Last updated : 01 January 2008 By Footymad Previewer
Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman must wonder what he has to do to get his side performing on home soil at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.

Despite some sparkling away form that has been highlighted by two wins at Grimsby and Mansfield, they have only won four contests in East Lancashire.

This time it was 27-year-old Bradford City defender Matt Clarke who stole the show for the Bantams to get their 2008 off to a perfect start as they look to climb the League Two table.

The centre-back struck the decisive blow just a minute into the second half when he pounced on Paul Evans' left-wing corner, that had been only half-cleared by the home defence, before being pumped back into the six-yard box.

The 21-year-old midfielder Joe Colbeck then sealed the points by finishing off an Omar Daley breakaway in stoppage time.

As this was only City's third away win of the season, coupling it with Stanley's aforementioned wretched home form, it had looked for all of the first half like this was a game that had 0-0 written all over it.

Home striker Roscoe D'Sane had a couple of chances that were thwarted by goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, while lively Jamaican winger Daley had the visitors' best chance when he curled a shot just wide three minutes before the break.

But the most interesting piece of first-half action was when referee Barry Knight had to be replaced by the fourth official after just 12 minutes.

The Premiership official from Orpington has been out of action since October 2005 with a bad knee ligament injury.

Doubts must now be raised about his career prospects after he failed to get through his comeback game.

Accrington struggled to reply, but saw Mark Roberts rattle the bar before Colbeck scored the second.