Milton Keynes Dons 1 Bradford City 2

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Last updated : 08 October 2004

A stoppage-time strike from Dele Adebola helped Bradford City move up into fifth spot as they came away from the National Hockey Stadium with a 2-1 win.

Colin Todd's men started brightly and contrived to miss three good chances in the opening six minutes with Nicky Summerbee, twice, and Ben Muirhead both failing to sufficiently test home keeper David Martin.

They paid for their wasteful finishing in the 20th minute when a fine run from Wade Small, who went past three challenges, ended with him threading the ball through to Izale McLeod who had no problem in tucking the ball past Paul Henderson.

Buoyed on by the goal it was McLeod's turn to do the running as he picked out Gary Smith though his shot whistled inches past the post.

Smith did test Henderson minutes later with a fiercely-struck 25-yard free-kick though the keeper claimed it well while at the other end only a fantastic one-handed save from Martin prevented Adebola heading in Muirhead's cross.

Bradford started the second half as they had the first - creating chances - but this time they found the back of the net when Tom Kearney headed in Summerbee's corner in the 55th minute.

They poured forward looking for the winner with Adebola in particular getting himself into some useful positions down the left but failing to test the keeper.

The Dons threatened with several long-range efforts but just as the game was heading for a draw, Adebola popped up to fire a low shot into the far corner of the net.

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