MATCH REPORT: Fleetwood Town 2 Bradford City 1

Fleetwood Town winger Wes Burns is shown a red card
Fleetwood Town winger Wes Burns is shown a red card

Joey Barton tasted victory at Highbury for the first time as his 10-man Fleetwood Town side slayed Bradford City in a controversial affair on the Fylde coast.

Barton had yet to win at his new home ground and the head coach could have been forgiven that lady luck was going to thwart him once again early doors.

Referee Andy Haines had a busy first half, just two minutes into the game he had chalked off a Ched Evans close range effort for an alleged handball.

Evans soon got himself on the scoresheet, bundling home an Ash Hunter cross from close range in the 12th minute.

But Haines was in the thick of the action again, George Miller ruled to have been fouled by Jason Holt, the home faitful's murmours of discontent showed they felt it was soft. That set the stage for Eoin Doyle to net his first goal since joining from PNE in the summer, sliding the ball past Alex Cairns in the 23rd minute.

Fleetwood had been in control up until that point but still looked the side most likely to go on and grab the three points but there was a potential momentum swinging moment in the 43rd minute as Wes Burns was sent off for a strong tackle on Adam Chicksen.

Though Fleetwood refused to roll over and it was the 10-men who restored their lead just three minutes into the new half, Hunter pouncing on an Evans centre.

It capped a man of the match performance for the forward turned left-winger who walked off to standing ovation after aiding Town's victory.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Eastham, Morgan, Husband, Burns, Marney, Holt, Hunter (Wallace, 80), Evans (Long, 85), Madden (Spurr, 87). Subs: Jones, McAleny, Biggins, Sheron.

Bradford: O'Donnell, Chicksen, McGowan (Gibson, 62), O'Connor, Doyle, Payne (Bruenker, 74), Miller, Mellor, Akpan, Colville, Wright (Wood, 62). Subs: Sykes-Kenworthy, Riley, Isherwood, Gibson, O'Brien