Reo-Coker cracker gives Dons home win
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dons boss Stuart Murdoch and Bradford chief Nicky Laws both came into the match under pressure with their sides sitting in the bottom two positions of the Division One table.
The visitors took the lead on 34 minutes when Dean Windass played in Andy Gray and the striker waltzed round Wimbledon goalkeeper Paul Heald to score the first goal of the game.
Wimbledon had failed to threaten Alan Combes in the Bantams net during the opening 45 minutes and were struggling to build any pressure as they carelessly gave away the ball.
The visitors could have been two up ten minutes after half-time when Dean Windass had the ball in the net but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
Bradford continued to stay in control of the game after the break until a long punt from Heald was allowed to bounce and Wade Small poked the ball past the on rushing Coombes and towards the unguarded net.
Although Small attempted to claim the goal, it appeared the ball was finally touched in by Bradford defender Jason Gavin.
The goal immediately boosted the hosts and they went ahead just four minutes later thanks to a fabulous strike from Nigel Reo-Coker.
The talented youngster picked up the ball near the left touchline and drove inside before rifling in a shot from twenty-yards out.
Coombes had no chance and the strike was fit enough to clinch a long awaited win at the National Hockey Stadium.
Patrick Agyemang missed a chance to extend the lead and the miss could have proved costly when Michael Branch spurned a glorious chance to grab a late leveller.
The result still leaves Wimbledon rooted to the foot of the table but the three points have closed the gap to Bradford and will give some much needed confidence to the young side.