Match report: Cheltenham Town v Bradford City

Bradford City still have huge work to do to get in amongst the League Two play-off contenders after falling to a 4-0 crushing at Cheltenham Town.

Victory could have put the Bantams three points off the top six but City now sit nearer the dropzone after a day to forget at Whaddon Road.

The Bantams had early chances through Gareth Evans and David Syers but Jeff Goulding got the ball rolling for Cheltenham with his strike on 31 minutes and just four minutes later Marlon Park's 25-yarder doubled the home side's advantage.

Bantams boss Peter Taylor then brought off Tom Adeyemi for Lee Hendrie at half-time but the Robins made it 3-0 on 67 minutes with Goulding's second of the game.

And the hosts then rubbed salt into Bradford wounds with a fourth goal on 76 minutes through Wesley Thomas, and Cheltenham themselvesare now sixth in the table.

City's Luke Oliver hit the post late on but it was a day to forget on the club's return to action after the big freeze.

Bradford, now 16th, badly need a pick-me-up from their New Year's Day fixture at a Lincoln City side who sit third-bottom in League Two.

Two days later the Bantams host third-placed Bury.

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