Carlisle United 2 Bradford City 0: Bradford old boys Jordan Gibson and Omari Patrick scored against their former club to earn Carlisle United an impressive win.

Gibson scored with a stunning strike shortly before half-time to put Keith Millen's side ahead.

And sub Patrick, making his second debut after rejoining the Blues this week, clinically doubled the lead late on.

It was enough to cap a positive showing from the Cumbrians at Brunton Park - and a fourth win in five as they moved up to 19th in League Two.

The victory, which brought a fourth clean sheet in five league outings, also saw an impressive debut from Tyrese Omotoye, who performed well alongside Jon Mellish in attack.

Bradford, meanwhile, were aggrieved at having a Yann Songo'o disallowed before United went in front. 

Scunthorpe's 4-0 defeat at Tranmere meant United are now six points above the drop zone, and they were good value for another important win against Derek Adams' side in front of 4,996 fans, including 1,243 away supporters.

Millen brought Omotoye straight into the side for his debut, the Norwich City loan striker taking the place of Sam Fishburn in the starting line-up.

That was the only change to the XI, with Omotoye's fellow new signings Joel Senior and Patrick on the bench.

Visitors Bradford were unchanged, with ex-Blues Andy Cook, Alex Gilliead and Elliot Watt all starting, but new signing Dion Pereira not involved.

Bradford made the early running and could have scored inside 40 seconds, but Oscar Threlkeld cleared the bar when arriving into space to meet Lee Angol's cross.

United survived more Bantams attacks and then forced some corners, while a Kelvin Mellor volley against his old club spun off a defender and wide.

At the other end Songo'o skimmed the side-netting with an effort from the edge of the box as United half-cleared a throw.

United saw much more of the ball as the half went on, with Gibson dragging a shot wide and then forcing a clearance as he found further space on the right.

The winger then went closer after the impressive Mellor had won the ball back and Omotoye had made a positive run on the right, Gibson then cutting in and firing just over.

Cook's afternoon then ended early, the striker having needed treatment to a hamstring problem a few minutes before he went off in the 29th minute, Charles Vernam replacing him for the visitors.

Lee Angol cleared the bar with an attempt on the break for Bradford, while Omotoye narrowly failed to latch onto a Mellor pass.

The Bantams then thought they'd taken the lead in the 38th minute when Songo'o leapt with Blues keeper Mark Howard and headed home, but the goal was chalked off for a foul.

And, after Vernam had cleared the bar for the visitors, Carlisle then took the lead in inspired style.

Callum Guy switched play well to Jack Armer on the left, and when he laid it to Gibson in space, the former Bradford man made room before sending a superb shot past keeper Sam Hornby and into the top right corner.

Gibson had switched to the left, swapping sides with Dickenson, before cracking the goal of the season contender past his old club.

After the break, Mellish shot low into the side-netting while Gibson couldn't make the most of a deep Dickenson cross.

The lively Omotoye, meanwhile, consistently put Bradford's back line under pressure and his running led to an opening for Mellish which the forward couldn't get out of his feet.

The relentless pairing of Omotoye and Mellish continued to cause problems with their impressive work-rate, while Corey Whelan made a vital interception to cut out a cross at the other end.

United were keeping the unispired Bantams at bay, and on 75 minutes Millen sent Patrick on for his second Blues debut, in place of Omotoye who received a warm ovation from home fans.

Visiting boss Adams also sent on Matthew Foulds for the injured Threlkeld, and later Theo Robinson for Callum Cooke, before Patrick was thwarted by the offside flag as he broke from halfway to slot home.

But the sub then did get on the scoresheet to make it a day to remember, as he battled away from a defender in the left of the box and slotted coolly past Hornby, before sprinting back down the pitch to cup his ears to the baying travelling supporters.

Carlisle held off the Bantams in the closing stages as they completed their most impressive home victory of the campaign and further strengthened their survival prospects.

Visiting fans, meanwhile, chanted "You're not fit to wear the shirt" to their players and criticised boss Adams as Bradford dropped two places to 14th.

United: Howard, Mellor, Armer, McDonald, Feeney, Whelan, Guy, Dickenson, Gibson, Mellish, Omotoye (Patrick 75). Not used: Norman, Devine, Riley, Abrahams, Fishburn, Senior.

Goals: Gibson 45, Patrick 87.

Bradford: Hornby, Threlkeld (Foulds 60), Ridehalgh, Kelleher, O’Connor, Songo’o, Cooke (Robinson 77), Watt, Gilliead, Cook (Vernam 29), Angol. Not used: O’Donnell, Sutton, Cousin-Dawson, Lavery.

Booked: Songo’o, Angol, Watt.

Ref: Andy Haines.

Crowd: 4,996 (1,243 Bradford fans).