DEAN WINDASS was forced to postpone a party and Bradford were left bitter as 10-man Town celebrated a derby win which was far more beer and butties than champagne and canapes.
In rugby, they call it `doing it ugly', and while Town's performance in a full-blooded clash at Valley Parade was not the prettiest they've ever given, it was certainly effective.
Mark Hudson's 25th-minute header - only his fifth goal for the club but his second at Bradford in as many seasons - brought Town their second successive win on their neighbours' turf, condemning the Bantams to their first home defeat in 12 matches.
Veteran striker Windass had been desperate to make the scoresheet - one more goal will give him a career tally of 200 - but, like his teammates, was unable to get past his distant relation Matt Glennon.
"We'd heard Dean had a special 200 T-shirt on under his top to show their fans," said Danny Adams.
"Well he can keep wearing it for another week now!"
Windass did have some influence on the game, for it was his tangle with Adams which, while it appeared to be six of one and half a dozen of the other, brought the Town left-back a caution after only three minutes.
He was therefore walking a tightrope, and came unstuck when a 72nd-minute cruncher on right-back Nathan Doyle brought another yellow card and subsequent red from Hertfordshire referee Keith Hill, who cautioned three other Town players (Andy Holdsworth, Matty Young and Jon Worthington) and two of Bradford's (Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Doyle).
Indeed in the early stages, there were far more free-kicks than chances as Town, with skipper Worthington making his first start in 10 as part of a five-man midfield, ensured they weren't going to be outmuscled.
Bradford tried to play a close passing game, but were never able to get into their stride, and it was Town who had the first effort on goal in the fourth minute, when the impressive Martin McIntosh fired in a 20-yard free-kick which Jamaican keeper Donovan Ricketts parried.
Young City winger Joe Colbeck, who was largely kept quiet by Adams, tested Glennon with a shot from distance on eight minutes.
But Town were just as lively going forward, and McIntosh had a firm goalwards header blocked by left-back Ben Parker on 17 minutes.
Eight later, Town's 2,880 contigent of fans in a 14,925 crowd were in raptures as Hudson headed home from Gary Taylor-Fletcher's deep cross to complete a move begun by Glennon's big drop kick and continued by Worthington and Luke Beckett, who worked really hard in the lone frontman role.
Town had the lead, and were in no mood to relinquish it, even though City had their chances.
City centre-back Mark Bower headed over, midfielder Steve Schumacher curled an ambitious long-ranger wide and Windass blasted one over before shooting across the face of goal in first-half stoppage time.
Left winger Lee Holmes came within inches of an equaliser two minutes into the second half after playing a nice one-two with former Town loan forward David Graham, who had a 67th-minute header held by Glennon.
And then, two minutes from the end of normal time, substitute Eddie Johnson, having just blazed one over, looked on in anguish as Glennon blocked his close-range effort after a teasing Holmes cross.
Town's massed ranks, who had seen one of their own subs, Danny Schofield, put the ball agonisingly across the face of the home goal on 85 minutes, had to endure five more of time added on, but finally they were able to celebrate.
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It has to be Mark Hudson's well-taken second goal of the season after 25 minutes. Playing a 4-5-1 system successfully depends on taking chances when they come along, and the busy midfielder did that with aplomb. Town had started the match like they meant business and the strike gave them something tangible to defend.
How they rated:
Matt Glennon Fully deserved his third clean sheet for Town. Made some great saves, especially from Eddie Johnson late on. Rating: 8/10
Andy Holdsworth Did well against the tricky Lee Holmes at right-back before switching capably to the left after dismissal of Danny Adams. Rating: 8/10
Danny Adams Felt aggrieved by his red card (first caution certainly seemed harsh) and played key role for 72 minutes he was on. Rating: 8/10
Martin McIntosh Highly effective, both in defence and attack. Stayed impressively cool in high-pressure derby atmosphere. Rating: 9/10
Nathan Clarke Much, much better than in previous games. Stood firm with mate McIntosh against Windass and Graham. Rating: 8/10
Gary T-Fletcher Great cross for Mark Hudson's goal. Caused problems before being forced off on 50 minutes because of a knock. Rating: 8/10
Jon Worthington Appeared fully fit after injury. Made himself a key man for Town on his first start in 10 games by bossing the midfield. Rating: 8/10
Mark Hudson Well-taken headed goal put the gloss on a bright performance by player who seems to enjoy visiting Valley Parade! Rating: 8/10
Michael Collins His appetite was shown by his frustration at being subbed as Peter Jackson reshuffled after Adams' red card. Rating: 8/10
Matty Young Lively wide out and was deservedly able to celebrate his first entire league appearance with a victory. Rating: 8/10
Luke Beckett With Andy Booth injured, pitched into a lone frontman role which is not that natural, but did well. Rating: 8/10
Spotlight on the Ref:
Town might have won, but manager Peter Jackson was unimpressed with the performance of Keith Hill, of Hertfordshire, saying he "controlled the game poorly".
In a typically hurly-burly derby, he was quick to dish out the yellows (two in the first 11 minutes for Town), and that shown to Danny Adams, later sent off, certainly seemed harsh.
BRADFORD CITY: Ricketts, Doyle, Parker (Rogers, 80), Schumacher, Wetherall, Bower, Colbeck (E Johnson, 77), Bridge-Wilkinson, Windass, Graham, Holmes. Subs not used: Edghill, Clarke, Howarth. Cautions: Doyle, B-Wilkinson.