PLAYER RATINGS: Fleetwood Town 2 Bradford City 1

Ash Hunter is head over heels after scoring the winner at Highbury
Ash Hunter is head over heels after scoring the winner at Highbury

The Gazette's Fleetwood Town reporter Rosie Swarbrick analyses the performances of the players from the 2-1 win over Bradford.

Ched Evans and Ash Hunter scored Town's goals in a controversial affair at Highbury.

Evans had an early goal chalked off but ensured his name was on the scoresheet in the 12th minute.

Eoin Doyle pulled City level from the spot after Jason Holt was ruled to have fouled George Miller in the box.

Then Fleetwood were reduced to 10-men as Wes Burns was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Adam Chicksen.

But Town showed their mettle, battling on with Hunter putting the 10-men ahead in the 48th minute.

This is how the Gazette rated the performances out of 10:

Alex Cairns 8:

A quiet afternoon but the sign of a great keeper is making key, show-stopping saves when you have been a spectator. A fine near post reflex stop to thwart Mellor at the back stick and it did look as though he got a fingertip to that Payne screamer.

Lewie Coyle 8:

Solid, yet more of that controlled aggression and more attacking impetus on top of his strong defensive work. Proving a point to his employers Leeds United at the moment that he is Championship class. If this form continues he might not be here in January.

Ashley Eastham 8.5:

Solid as a rock. A few heroic blocks and hit the woodwork up the other end. One of the most consistent performers for Town and at the moment his performances are getting even better week-in-week-out.

Craig Morgan 8:

His leadership qualities really shone through in this game. Manage to organise his troops to the last minute and rallied them on despite the man disadvantage. Still a few creaks to iron out but that will come with more game time.

James Husband 8:

At times in that first half he and Hunter were unplayable on the attack on that left week. He is not afraid to get into the box and we have not seen that from a left-back in a long-time. Finally someone is filling Amari'i Bell's shoes. But still room for improvement defensively.

Wes Burns 6:

He should be doing better with his header in the first half. Needs that to be hitting the target but the red card was awfully harsh. Walked off to a standing ovation which says what the fans thought about it. Town expected to appeal, just needs to keep his chin up and not let it dent his confidence - whatever happens with the powers that be.

Jason Holt 7

Gave away the penalty. Replays show he did foul George Miller - should not be giving the referee a chance to make that decision, player going nowhere, no need to stick a leg in. Aside from that some really good link play and then like all, a solid shift in the second half and he plays a key role in the counter.

Dean Marney 7

Lost the ball a couple of times but the steel, grit and his Premier League experience really showed in that second half as he protected the top of the box and ensured Bradford did not get a sniff.

Ash Hunter 9.5

Star man, man-of-the-match, the man. Unplayable at times in the first half in that new left wing role. Teed-up the first goal and scored the winner but he brings a lot more than that to the table now. The shift he did in the second half on the left of the midfield three testament to his new team ethos.

Ched Evans 9

Like Hunter played a part in both goals. Will be scratching his head as to why his first was chalked off but there again, poaching in the six-yard box. Great work to tee-up Hunter for the second. His physicality and eye for goal is key to this Town team. His defensive work too cannot go unnoticed.

Paddy Madden 8.5

Like Hunter and Evans one of the stars of the show, not just for his attacking instincts but his team effort and defensive work. On the wrong end of a few decisions but kept going and did not lose his head. Showed passion and his desire to win for this team. Playing the best we have seen of him thus far.


Wallace on for Hunter 80 7

Finally made his league bow and brought some renewed energy to the middle of the park but the less that is said of his late strike the better.

Long on for Evans 85 6

Brought some fresh legs and put a shift in but yet to bring an end product.

Spurr on for Madden 87 7

A defensive substitution but it paid off, Bradford did not look like levelling. Lessons learned from Rochdale.