Beaten Ferguson: No pain, no gain!
BRADFORD have ensured their place in League One for another year, but Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson remains hopeful of getting into the Championship.
Adam Reach struck a fabulous free kick in the first half before Shaun Brisley made things harder for United by collecting two yellow cards in as many minutes.
Sixth-placed United could still guarantee the final playoff spot with a win over Carlisle on Monday, but only if Bradford can repeat this result at Swindon.
Ferguson said:“We make it hard for ourselves, it’s always been the same.
“Whenever you get success – and I’m hopeful obviously that this season’s still a successful one – there’s a lot of pain on the way and mentally it’s hard at times, but that’s just the way it is.
“I said to the players after that if we take our second half performance into the next three games I think we’ve got a really good chance.
“We’re still favourites. We need two wins to secure it and I’m confident we’ll get them. We’ve got a four point advantage and two of our three games are at home.”
Both teams had early chances, with Peterborough’s Jack Payne and Tommy Rowe putting long shots wide and James Hanson too slow to convert a header for Bradford.
City took the lead on 27 minutes through Reach’s superb 25 yard free kick, which could barely have come closer to Joe Day’s top corner.
Posh centre back Brisley was dismissed on 40 minutes for two cynical fouls in quick succession, first on first Jon Stead and then Reach.
Peterborough were much better in the second half despite the personnel disadvantage, but still needed Day to save well from substitute Kyle Bennett’s point-blank header on 76 minutes.
Mark Little came closest to giving Posh their equaliser in injury time, but his low half volley was well saved by Jon McLaughlin.
Kgosi Ntlhe then denied City a second goal in the dying seconds by clearing James Hanson’s effort off the line. Bradford boss Phil Parkinson said: “Everyone’s telling me that because Colchester play Crewe it is mathematically safe, because those two can’t both pick up the points. I’m so pleased. It’s been a tough season at times, but the way we’ve played recently, especially away from home, has been great.
“It was important that we played in the manner we’ve done on our travels for our own supporters because they deserved a good performance. They got a tremendous performance.”
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