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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Dominic Poleon (48')

Dominic Poleon helps Simon Grayson record first win as Bradford boss

Simon Grayson celebrated his first win as Bradford boss to end their miserable recent form with a 1-0 victory against Gillingham.
The hosts came into the game having picked up just two points from a possible 30 but Dominic Poleon's fine strike after 48 minutes proved to be the difference.
Gillingham started strongly, with Conor Wilkinson going close before defender Callum Reilly tried his luck from 25 yards, his effort flying narrowly over the crossbar.
Alex Gilliead saw his cross cleared off the line by Max Ehmer in a rare Bradford attack while Tony McMahon saw his 25-yard free-kick drift just wide on 29 minutes.
The impressive Wilkinson headed straight at Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle before Scott Wagstaff fired just over on two occasions as the visitors looked most likely to break the deadlock.
However, Bradford were ahead just three minutes after the restart when a neat passing move found Poleon free on the edge of the area to fire into the bottom left corner for his seventh goal of the season.
Poleon missed a glorious chance to double his tally when he failed to make contact when he was free in the Gillingham area on 74 minutes, while substitute Kai Bruenker could only shoot at away goalkeeper Tomas Holy.
Tom Eaves stung the hands of Doyle at the other end and Wilkinson somehow headed over from six yards, while late efforts from Connor Ogilvie and Liam Nash failed to hit the target as Bradford held on.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 25 +19 44
2 Wycombe Wanderers 25 +6 44
3 Ipswich Town 25 +14 42
4 Coventry City 24 +9 41
5 Oxford United 25 +17 40
6 Burton Albion 25 +4 39
7 Sunderland 24 +11 38
8 Portsmouth 24 +7 38
9 Doncaster Rovers 23 +13 37
10 Peterborough United 25 +10 37
11 Fleetwood Town 23 +7 36
12 Bristol Rovers 24 -2 36
13 Blackpool 24 +4 34
14 Gillingham 25 +4 34
15 Lincoln City 26 +2 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 24 -4 33
17 Accrington Stanley 25 -2 29
18 Rochdale 25 -12 28
19 Milton Keynes Dons 26 -11 25
20 AFC Wimbledon 25 -8 24
21 Tranmere Rovers 24 -16 22
22 Southend United 25 -38 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 23 -34 7