Bradford Beat Doomed Dons

By Will Hopper

Bradford City made it four games without defeat last night after beating MK Dons 2-0 at Valley Parade, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Milton Keynes headed into the match knowing that anything other three points would effectively relegate them to League Two. However, under caretaker manager Keith Millen, the visitors started brightly and played great flowing football. In the seventh minute, the Dons almost took the lead after Chuks Aneke headed the ball against the crossbar from a corner.

It was the hosts though who took the lead. From a corner of their own, Timothee Dieng slotted home a close-range header. The bantam faithful found their voice and chants of “going down” reverberated around Valley Parade.

Keith Millen got the perfect response from his team after going a goal behind. MK Dons were building pressure and almost equalised through Marcus Tavernier. Tavernier, who is from Leeds, made an exquisite turn from just outside the box and danced his way through on goal, but fired just wide.

Bradford turned the screw in the second half and looked the far more likely to score. In the eightieth minute, Milton Keynes failed to clear the ball from a free kick and Nathaniel Knight-Percival then hammered the ball into the roof of the net to double the hosts advantage.

This result leaves MK Dons six points adrift with just two games left to play. Mathematically, it is still possible for them to survive another year in League One, but only if they win their two remaining matches 7-0. Back to back relegations are now inevitable.

Bradford City boss, Simon Grayson, was upbeat and he said after the game: “You can use the word professional to describe the performance. We saw the game out in the right manner and limited them to few opportunities.”

Despite the win, Bradford still find themselves six points behind Scunthorpe in sixth. Their chances of making the playoffs are slim to none but momentum is certainly with the West Yorkshire side.

Grayson added: “I still think we’re a long way from where I want to be in terms of how I want to play and what’s going to be required to get promotion.”

Even after the win last night, the City fans I spoke to were not optimistic about reaching the top six before the end of the season. They claimed Bradford had “no chance” and that it had been a “disappointing end to the season” for them.


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