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Bradford City 2 Shrewsbury Town 1

28 September 2013

Saturday 28 September 2013at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Shrewsbury Town 1 (Bradshaw 2)
Bradford City 2 (Reid 60, Hanson 90+4)
Sky Bet League 1

Both Alan Connell and Yeates, who replaced the injured Wells in supporting Hanson up front, kept the ball alive inside Shrewsbury's penalty area before Hanson pounced to smash home a right footed strike into the bottom corner to send the Coral Windows Stadium into raptures.

Despite City laying siege to Shrewsbury's goal in the game's final knockings, the entertaining contest looked to be heading for a draw until James Meredith pumped one last ball into the box.

On first glance, the decision to caution Winfield again looked harsh, but the defender had already enjoyed a slice of luck earlier in the afternoon when he escaped without a booking for the foul that injured Wells and when he received only a yellow card for bringing down Hanson as the striker looked to burst clear on goal.

With two minutes of normal time to go, Shrewsbury found themselves down to ten men when Dave Winfield was given his second booking of the afternoon for handling Mark Yeates' goal-bound shot just outside the area.

The Bantams kept knocking at Shrewsbury's door following Reid's leveller, although Bradshaw could have fired the visitors back in front with only nine minutes left when he squandered a promising one-on-one opportunity with City 'keeper Jon McLaughlin.

City regrouped after the break, however, and Kyel Reid drew Parkinson's side level with a drive from inside the area on the hour mark.

Things then got even worse for the Bantams when top scorer Nahki Wells limped off with an ankle injury midway through the first period.

After losing Rory McArdle to illness the morning of the game, City's afternoon got off to an equally unhelpful start when Tom Bradshaw headed in from close range to give Shrewsbury the lead with less than ninety seconds played.

Hanson swooped to net the all-important winner in the fourth and final minute of added time at the end of the game to snatch all three points and seal City's comeback with virtually one of the last kicks of the game.

James Hanson's injury time strike secured a dramatic home victory for Phil Parkinson's resilient Bantams in the most thrilling fashion.

Pictures provided by Claire Epton
Attendance: 14,128 (286 visitors)

City have surely won it! Meredith's late ball into the box eventually drops to Hanson, who fires home past Weale and into the net off the inside of the post. 90+4min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Shrewsbury Town 1 –
FT: Bradford City 2 Shrewsbury Town 1
There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match. 90min: SUB –
The Bantams bring on Alan Connell for Oliver. 89min:
Yeates’ effort from the resulting free-kick is tipped around the post by Weale. 89min: SUB –
Shrewsbury bring on Tamika Mkandawire for Bradshaw. –RED CARD = YELLOW CARD 88min:
Winfield is given his marching orders after receiving his second booking for blocking Yeates’ goal-bound effort with his hands outside the area. 82min:
Hanson’s low effort from outside the area is tipped around his near post by Weale. 81min:
Bradshaw squanders a golden chance to give Shrewsbury the lead again. Luke Summerfield's teasing ball in behind City’s defence has the beating of Davies to leave Bradshaw with only McLaughlin to beat. With the ball bouncing up at Bradshaw, the striker tries to dink a shot over McLaughlin but his effort from around eight yards out is sckewed horribly wide. 78min: SUB –
Shrewsbury bring on David McAllister for Main. 77min:
Yeates’ shot on the turn from a yard or so outside the area is saved by Weale. 77min: SUB –
The Bantams bring on Raffaele De Vita for Thompson. 76min:
Wildig fires well over from a decent shooting position on the edge of City’s penalty area. 75min:
McLaughlin has to come to the edge of his own box to just claim a forward pass from Wildig narrowly ahead of the lurking Woods. Gary73min:
Jones strikes for goal from around 25 yards out but his rising drive sails a yard or so over the bar. 68min:
Darren Jones drives forward into some open space inside City’s half but his low drive from around 25 yards out is saved relatively easily by McLaughlin. 66min:
Yeates makes himself a yard or so of space inside Shrewsbury’s penalty area but his cross-come-shot trickles a few yards wide of Weale’s far post. 64min:
Reid takes the second free-kick but his effort is blocked before the winger’s follow up shot is sliced well wide of the target. –YELLOW CARD 63min:
Woods is booked charging from the Shrewsbury wall too early to block Yeates’ resulting free-kick. –YELLOW CARD 62min:
Winfield is booked for bringing down Hanson on the edge of Shrewsbury’s penalty area as the striker looked to burst clear on goal. The home fans scream for a red card but given that Hanson wasn’t completely through with only Weale to beat, a booking is possibly the right call. 58min:
City are level! Yeates’ cross into the area is just out of the reach of Hanson but still finds the lurking Reid behind, who beats Weale with a low drive from around eight yards. 60min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Shrewsbury Town 1 –
Bradshaw meets a low near post cross from Woods but the striker’s effort for goal finds the side-netting. 53min:
Seconds later, Reid appears to be knocked off the ball inside the area by Woods. City fans scream for a penalty but referee Mr Eltringham seems to think it was more shoulder-to-shoulder and allows play to continue. 53min:
Winfield has to make a vital interception on the edge of his own six yard box to stop Hanson swooping onto a teasing cross from Reid. 50min:

Winfield lets rip with a fierce low drive direct from a free-kick all of 30 yards out. The drive is well-struck and whistles only narrowly wide of McLaughlin’s goal.
47min:After winning the ball in midfield, Nathan Doyle strides forward before taking aim. His shot from distance, however, sails comfortably wide of goal. 46min:
The Bantams restart the match. HT: Bradford City 0 Shrewsbury Town 1

45+3min: Leaning back to reach a hanging cross from Meredith, Garry Thompson can only send a downward header a good few yards wide of Weale's far post.
45min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: Joe Jacobson's free-kick from a few yards outside City's area is straight at McLaughlin.
41min: Driving at a retreating home defence, Reid runs with the ball from distance, beating a couple of Shrewsbury players in the process, before forcing Weale into a great tip-over with a rising drive from the edge of the area.
40min: Main turns away from Oliver before curling an effort from outside the area a yard or so wide of McLaughlin's goal.
-YELLOW CARD38min: Main is booked for barging McLaughlin into the net after the Bantams 'keeper can stepped back to initially prevent a deflected drive from Bradshaw from crossing the line.
31min: Weale spills an in-swinging cross from wide by Yeates but Hanson isn't quite near enough to capitalise on the slight error and a grateful visiting 'keeper can dive on the loose ball.
26min: A cross from Reid is deflected skywards but Yeates' header forward for goal as the ball drops back down is simple enough for Weale to gather by his near post.
26min: Luke Summerfield's effort on goal from the resulting free-kick bobbles in front of McLaughlin but the 'keeper is crucially able to gather up the ball at the second attempt before any visiting player can pounce.
-YELLOW CARD25min: Luke Oliver is booked for bringing down Curtis Main on the edge of City's penalty box.
23min: SUB - Unfortunately it eventually becomes clear Wells can't continue and he is replaced by Mark Yeates, who it seems will be given a free role just behind Hanson in attack
22min: It isn't looking good for Wells as the Bermudian hobbles back onto the pitch but appears in no real state to carry on.
20min: City are temporally down to ten men as Wells receives treatment on the side of the pitch after appearing to take a kick to the ankle from Dave Winfield.
15min: After picking up a loose ball a couple of yards outside City's penalty area, Reach volleys a cross-come-shot comfortably wide of McLaughlin's far post.
14min: Nahki Wells' free-kick from around 25 yards out sails comfortably into the arms of the stooping Chris Weale.
11min: Reach fires a couple of yards wide of Jon McLaughlin's goal with a low drive from distance.
James Meredith has to clear kick around the edge of his own six yard box after Bradshaw had robbed Andrew Davies of the ball out wide and drove into the area looking to square to a team-mate in middle.
4min: Kyel Reid fizzes over a dangerous cross that whistles across the six yard box, narrowly missing James Hanson and Garry Thompson in the process, before sailing out for a throw-in over by the far side.
City suffer a nightmare start to the contest when they concede with less than ninety seconds gone. Ryan Woods' hanging centre is headed back across goal by Adam Reach and Tom Bradshaw is on hand to convert with a diving header from barely a couple of yards out in the middle.2min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Shrewsbury Town 1 -
0min: Shrewsbury kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.

McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, Oliver, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson

Subs: Ripley, Ravenhill, Gray, Yeates, McHugh, Connell, De Vita

Bradford City changes:
Yeates for Wells (23), De Vita for Thompson (77), Connell for Oliver (90)

Bradford City cautions:
Oliver (25)

Weale, Goldson, Winfield, Jones, Jacobson, Woods, Summerfield, Wildig, Reach, Bradshaw, Main

Subs: Anyon, McAllister, McQuade, Mkandawire, Burke, Smith 

Shrewsbury Town changes:

McAllister for Main (78), Mkandawire for Bradshaw (89)

:Shrewsbury Town cautions
Main (38), Winfield (62, 88), Woods (62)

Shrewsbury Town dismissals

Winfield (88)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referee: Billy Khatib
Assistant Referee: Ben Toner
Fourth Official: Michael Denton

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