Clarke Oduor disappoints although Bradford brush aside Newport

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STARS ABROAD Clarke Oduor disappoints although Bradford brush aside Newport

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 23.09.2023

The Harambee Stars versatile midfielder , who started as a right winger, did not impress although Bradford beat Newport to get a valuable three points in their battle for promotion.

Kenyan international Clarke Oduor underwhelmed as Bradford City Brushed aside Newport County 4-2 in a SkyBet League Two match played at the Newport Stadium on Saturday.

Odour, who started as a right winger, looked lost in a relatively unfamiliar position to him, making an underwhelming 59 percent pass completion rate. He missed one big chance that could have doubled his tally for the Mark Hughes-coached side, although he looked decent attempting to take his man on, as he was successful with two of his attempted four take ons,

The 24-year old has made seven appearances for Bradford, scoring once and assisting once. He was infamously subbed off right after he had been subbed on during Harambee Stars loss to South Sudan a fortnight ago, which may have shattered his confidence.

Andy Cook opened his account for the season with two first-half goals either side of Rayhaan Tulloch's first league goal.

Omar Bogle offered Newport a glimmer of hope before half-time but it was not enough to deny Mark Hughes' side only a third league win.

England Youth player Tulloch, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, was the Bantams' key playmaker on his first start.

His cross was headed in by Cook for the opener on 14 minutes to break his season duck.

Tulloch then grabbed his first league goal on 26 minutes after Kevin McDonald's effort was blocked.

Cook calmly tucked a second goal - his 50th for Bradford in 95 appearances - after Newport's Declan Drysdale was again caught napping.

Bogle offered the hosts a glimmer of hope before half-time when he raced onto Clarke's pass before rounding Bradford goalkeeper Harry Lewis to grab his third of the season.

However Newport struggled to mount any sustained pressure in a second half that only worsened with the loss of Clarke.

Cook headed in Liam Ridehalgh's cross to complete his hat-trick in added time.