Date:Thursday April 17 2014
Vital Posh looks at previous matches between Bradford City and Peterborough United ahead of the Sky Bet League One match.
Bradford City v Peterborough United
Location: Coral Windows Stadium (aka Valley Parade)
Date: Friday, 18th April, 2014
There have been 25 League matches played between the Bantams and Posh with Posh edging it with nine wins compared to Bradford`s seven.
The last three matches have all been won by the home side and you have to go back to the 1972/73 season to find Posh`s only win on Bradford soil! The Bantams have won seven times at home with five matches ending in a draw between the two sides at Valley Parade.
The corresponding fixture just before Christmas ended in a 2-1 victory for Posh. Posh raced into a 2-0 lead after 24 minutes thanks to goals from Kgosi Ntlhe and Britt Assombalonga with Andy Gray pulling a goal back with 14 minutes left of the game.
The ten previous results between these two sides were:
|2013/14||21 Dec 13||Peterborough||2||-||1||Bradford||League One|
|2007/08||22 Dec 07||Peterborough||2||-||1||Bradford||League Two|
|2007/08||15 Sep 07||Bradford||1||-||0||Peterborough||League Two|
|2004/05||12 Mar 05||Peterborough||2||-||2||Bradford||League One|
|2004/05||10 Aug 04||Bradford||2||-||2||Peterborough||League One|
|1995/96||09 Dec 05||Bradford||2||-||1||Paterborough||League Div 2|
|1995/96||23 Sep 95||Peterborough||3||-||1||Bradford||League Div 2|
|1994/95||18 Feb 05||Bradford||4||-||2||Peterborough||League Div 2|
|1994/95||14 Jan 95||Peterborough||0||-||0||Bradford||League Div 2|
|1991/92||21 Mar 92||Bradford||2||-||1||Peterborough||Div 3 (Old)|
Last Time Out at Valley Parade
Mark Tyler wants to forget this match despite it being his 400th League appearance.
Posh dominated the first half without troubling Donovan Ricketts in the Bradford City goal as one moment of sloppiness in the second half and a lack of potency in the final third cost Posh the result their overall performance warranted.
Mark Bower earned Bradford victory over Posh at Valley Parade as he scored the only goal of the game shortly after the restart. He glanced in a header after connecting with Paul Heckingbottom's floated free-kick.
The closest Posh came was late on in the match when Jamie Day's cross took a deflection and was tipped over by Ricketts.
Mark Tyler was obviously disappointed with losing the game as he said after the match: "Tyler (right) said: "It is always nice for a player to reach any landmark, but I would much rather it ended in a decent result.
"We were excellent in the first half, but we always knew Bradford would have a spell in the game and unfortunately they scored during it. I thought we looked really sound defensively until we gave their defender a free header. We were comfortable all game and I only had one save to make, so to lose a game due to one moment like that is ever so annoying."
Boss Darren Ferguson was also dismayed at the loss: "Performance wise we played very well but we just needed that little bit more quality when it mattered. I can recall three or four occasions where the final ball or the shot let us down, but I can't believe we lost the game.
"We probably deserved nothing from our last away defeat at Rotherham, but that wasn't the case at Bradford where we controlled the game and deserved to win it."
One player for Posh on that day is now plying his trade for Bradford. Aaron McLean was left a frustrated figure in the defeat by Bradford on that occasion: "We totally outplayed a good team at their own ground and should have got at least a point from the game.
"We need to be a bit more clinical in attack and that definitely applies to me. I know I should have done a hell of a lot better in the first half. I tried to go across the goalkeeper with my shot, but I didn`t really connect and pulled the ball across the face and wide.
"I literally couldn`t see the ball coming when I had a header in the second half. It was hanging in the sun and it was a case of having to guess the flight and unfortunately it went a little over.
"I`ve got four goals this season but it is no exaggeration to say I should be in double figures by now with the amount of chances I haven`t taken."
Bantams boss Stuart McCall hailed his side's defending as Bradford picked up their first clean sheet of the season: "I thought we defended excellently but creatively we can do much better. For all the possession Peterborough had they didn't trouble Donovan Ricketts except for that effort near the end that took a deflection. Peterborough have got good players in all positions so it's a terrific win."
Bantams: Ricketts, Heckingbottom, Wetherall, Bower, Harban, Daley (Nix 88 mins), Johnson, Colbeck, Phelan, Thorne (Conlon 85 mins), Ndumbu-Nsungu (Evans 88 mins).
Unused subs: Williams, Medley.
Posh: Tyler, Blackett (Boyd 90 mins), Morgan, Charnock, Gnakpa (Newton 60 mins), Lowe (Whelpdale (71 mins), Lee, Hyde, Day, McLean, Crow.
Unused subs: Jalal, Keates.
Attendance: 13,819 (461 Posh fans)
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