Bradford City’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end against Peterborough United in the club’s final match before Wednesday’s derby with Leeds United.
In awful conditions, the visitors sealed the three points when Michael Smith rode through a challenge by City captain Stephen Darby before cutting inside to the area and squaring to Kyle Vassell who picked out the top corner from ten yards.
The goal was a double blow to the home side as it came just a matter of minutes after centre back Andrew Davies had to leave the field with a serious looking arm injury after colliding with his own keeper, Jordan Pickford.
Following the game, manager Phil Parkinson told the media about Davies: “He’s got a crack in his arm so we’ve sent him for an X-Ray now to have a look, so won’t know until later this evening.”
The Bantams, fresh off an impressive midweek victory away at Crawley, had the first chance of the afternoon when Alan Sheehan’s free kick to Rory McArdle fell to the feet of Filipe Morais, but the former Chelsea youth man put his effort wide of Ben Alnwick’s post.
After this chance, the visitors took a real grasp on the game and fluffed two great chances to break the deadlock. Washington first put a shot over the bar before his effort was well saved by Pickford and Jason Kennedy’s fantastic sliding tackle denied Kane Ferdinand from the rebound.
This wouldn’t be the last time in the game the Bantams were troubled by Washington as with Boro’s next meaningful attack he was denied again, this time by a deflection of Rory McArdle after great link up play with Vassell.
City did have a chance to score in the halves dying moments when Billy Knott’s long range effort was saved by Alnwick and Mason Bennett’s cross was put out for a corner despite appearing to come off Josh Payne’s hand.
After the injury and goal early on in the second half, Parkinson’s men looked out of the game and Smith, who provided the assist for the goal, tried his luck from 25 yards but only to put the ball into the stand.
Vassell threw away a glorious opportunity to double his and his side’s tally for the afternoon when his free kick from the edge of the area went over the bar without even testing Pickford in the Bradford goal.
City pressed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages and after a fantastic save by Alnwick denied James Hanson, former Peterborough star Aaron McLean could only find the keeper with a header from close range and Mark Yeates put his late chance over.
CITY: Pickford, Darby, Davies (Meredith 55), McArdle, Sheehan, Knott, Kennedy, Liddle, Morais (Yeates 68), Bennett (McLean 68), Hanson. Subs Not Used: Williams, Dolan, Routis, McBurnie.
PETERBOROUGH: Alnwick, Brisley, Burgess, Santos, Ferdinand, Payne, Mendez-Laing (Smith 20), Anderson, Newell (McCann 83), Washington, Vassell (Barnett 82). Subs Not Used: Day, Luto, Anderson, Edwards.