The Bantams saved their best away performance of the season until the very last away game of the season. Mark Hughes’ side dented Sutton’s promotion hopes as they ran out 4-1 winners. Goals from Yann Songo’o, Andy Cook, and a Charles Vernam brace ensured City’s first trip to Sutton was a memorable one.
Following an early scare when Will Randall hit the post within the first minute, Bradford took the lead shortly after the 15-minute mark. Luke Hendrie played an exquisite cross into the area, which Charles Vernam headed off the far post and into the back of the net.
City were comfortable in the first half, but the hosts came out flying after the break, unwilling to let their 19-game home unbeaten run come to an end. Sutton were rewarded for their pressure, as Alistair Smith volleyed the ball into the top left corner of Alex Bass’ net, drawing the game level.
Sutton weren’t happy to settle for a point, and kept pushing to try find a winner, but it was the Bantams who took the lead with 13 minutes remaining. After a tactical change, Liam Ridehalgh found himself further up the pitch, and picked out Charles Vernam, who prodded the ball past Dean Bouzanis.
It hasn’t been that often City have scored more than twice in a game this season, so Yann Songo’o doubling Bradford’s advantage was a pleasant surprise for the 460 travelling fans. Elliot Watt’s low corner wasn’t dealt with by Sutton, who were punished when Songo’o tapped in from close range.
When nine minutes of additional time were awarded, there was a niggling thought that somehow Bradford would be able to mess up an almost inevitable three points. However, seven minutes into added time, Andy Cook slotted a fourth goal past Bouzanis with his left foot.
Not many City fans would have predicted a 4-1 win before the game, with many now hoping the performance and result will become more familiar next season. A number of players played extremely well, but Charles Vernam’s brace has strengthened the calls for the winger to sign a new contract.
The Bantams are looking to finish the season strongly, and will hope to make it three wins in a row in their last game of the season against Carlisle next week.