Exeter boss Paul Tisdale was delighted with a superb away win against a Bradford side he believes are genuine promotion contenders.

Leading scorer Jamie Cureton scored his 13th of the season, a goal which proved enough to give the Grecians their first win at Valley Parade for 29 years.

The 37-year-old striker, who played in the same Reading team as Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, rounded off a superbly worked goal two minutes before half-time, hooking the ball home after Craig Woodman's cross to the far post had been headed back into the goalmouth by Matt Oakley.

Tisdale, delighted with the resilience shown by his team as Bradford pressed hard for a second-half equaliser, said: "It was a super goal and well worked with a fine assist from Matt Oakley. The goal gave us something to defend in the second half and we managed to see it through.

"I thought we stuck at it well and restricted Bradford to one or two half chances. It is another three points and this away win is as good as it can be at a place like Bradford because I am sure they are going to promotion candidates. It was a good 1-0 win.

"We matched Bradford in the first half, played our football and created some good chances before scoring a super goal."

Bantams boss Parkinson was left to dwell on a lacklustre performance in the opening 45 minutes.

"We just lacked spark in the first half and enough skill to go past someone," he said. "We have injury problems and we have played a lot of matches, but we had players out there who didn't play in our FA Cup match against Northampton in midweek.

"I just felt the players we had out there didn't suit the opposition. We could have done better and played with more desire than we did in the first half.

"We looked brighter and sharper in the second half and we thought it was a penalty when Nahki Wells was fouled. Garry Thompson had a great chance and James Hanson's header went over the bar - those chances have got to go in. If one of those goes in then the game changes."