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Blues In The News: Southend 1-2 Bradford

18 December 2017

Here's what various sections of the media said following the 2-1 defeat to Bradford City...

Southend Echo

RYAN Leonard and Phil Brown were both sent off as Southend United slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Bradford City at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The setback – which was the Shrimpers’ first in the League at Roots Hall – came after Charlie Wyke netted a stoppage time penalty.

And the striker’s spot-kick also meant Blues have now suffered three successive setbacks.

Bradford began brightly and, with just four minutes on the clock, Matthew Kilgallon charged forward before teeing up Dominic Poleon with a defence splitting pass but the striker’s effort was superbly parried to safety by Mark Oxley.

Yellow Advertiser

Ten-men Southend’s unbeaten home record was ended this afternoon, as Bradford claimed their eighth away win of the season.

Despite Stephen McLaughlin cancelling out Dominic Poleon’s early opener, Charlie Wyke’s late, late penalty sunk the Blues.

Skipper, Ryan Leonard, was red carded after fouling Nicky Law, in the lead up up to the spot-kick.

Sky Sports

Southend suffered their first home defeat of the season after a late Charlie Wyke penalty gave Bradford a 2-1 win at Roots Hall.

Wyke thundered home the stoppage-time spot-kick after Shrimpers midfielder Ryan Leonard had been shown a second yellow card for bringing down Nicky Law.

Southend boss Phil Brown was also sent to the stands for protesting against a free-kick in the build-up to the penalty during a dramatic conclusion to the game, after Stephen McLaughlin had cancelled out Dominic Poleon's first-half opener.

Bradford took the lead in the ninth minute when Poleon, who started his career in the youth system with the Shrimpers, converted a right-wing cross from Law.

Southend equalised in the 75th minute after substitute Jermaine McGlashan delivered a deep right-wing cross, which McLaughlin headed home from inside the six-yard box at the far post.

However, the Bantams hit back to secure their eighth away league victory of the season with Wyke's penalty in the first minute of stoppage-time.

Bradford City

A ninetieth-minute goal from the penalty spot by top scorer Charlie Wyke secured yet another away-day success for Stuart McCall's Bantams.

Wyke's dramatic winner - his eleventh goal of the season - proved enough to claim City's eighth league victory of the campaign away from home.

City's penalty success came after Nicky Law had been brought down in the box by last-man Ryan Leonard when through on goal.

Southend skipper Leonard was given his second booking for the offence, with Wyke drilling the subsequent penalty down the middle in front of the delighted travelling City supporters.

The Telegraph & Argus

STUART McCall saluted City’s latest success on the road – and then admitted he would have taken a draw after Southend had equalised.

Charlie Wyke’s emphatic penalty in stoppage time clinched their eighth away victory after Nicky Law was fouled by Ryan Leonard, who was sent off.

Dominic Poleon had put City ahead early before Stephen McLaughlin headed Southend level after second half pressure.

McCall said: “After 75 minutes, I would probably have shaken hands on a 1-1 draw.

“But we did it at Wigan and won in the last minute and we’ve done it again.

“There’s a good belief and momentum when we come away from home.

“We’ve got a lot of pace in the side and sometimes it suits us to play away from home when teams come on to us.”

Brown, who was sent to the stands after City’s winner, said: “They are now eight wins away from home and I take my hat off to them.

“But they’re carrying that fortune. Not only that, though, they carry that belief.”

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