Kevin McDonald secured his inaugural win in his temporary stint as the Bantams’ caretaker manager, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Swindon Town.

Bobby Pointon, in his claret and amber debut, netted a crucial goal five minutes into the second half, ensuring a narrow yet well-deserved triumph for City at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The first notable opportunity of the match fell to the visitors, as Rushian Hepburn-Murphy delivered a low cross to Charlie Austin. However, Brad Halliday’s timely intervention forced Austin’s shot off-target.

As the game progressed, City gained momentum. In the 12th minute, Pointon had their initial glimpse of goal, cutting inside and attempting a strike from just outside the box, only to see his effort blocked.

In the 16th minute, Jamie Walker unleashed a promising shot from within the box, narrowly missing the target, signifying McDonald’s team’s increasing influence on the game.

Just before the 20-minute mark, Andy Cook’s header narrowly missed the target. Shortly after, Pointon went down inside the box, but the appeals for a City penalty were dismissed.

Swindon came close in the early moments of the second half, with the game still finely balanced. Tyrese Shade angled a shot, but it narrowly missed the mark.

In the 50th minute, City seized their moment. Brad Halliday’s powerful strike was fumbled by Murphy Mahoney and seized by Jamie Walker, who squared the ball to Pointon. The young Bantam, in his maiden Bradford City appearance, calmly slotted home for his first-ever goal. He celebrated exuberantly in front of the travelling Swindon supporters.

City promptly sought to widen their lead. Andy Cook came agonisingly close to extending it, cutting onto his left foot from a feed by Alex Gilliead and launching a long-range effort that struck the post.

Swindon pressed for an equaliser and nearly found one through Hepburn-Murphy. A well-placed cross met Hepburn-Murphy’s head just two yards from goal, but Harry Lewis covered a lot of ground to make a magnificent save and keep the ball out.

The hosts aimed to further extend their lead, with Cook once again narrowly missing the target with a headed effort. Substitute Emmanuel Osadebe beat two defenders on a surge into the area but rolled the ball just past the post.

Swindon made a final push for an equaliser in added time, but it eluded them. City successfully saw out the game, securing all three points for McDonald’s side.