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27 August 2014

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Capital One Cup Round 2
Bradford City 2 (Knott 84, Hanson 86)
Leeds United 1 (Smith 82)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 18,750 (3,828 visitors)

A stunning late comeback from the Bantams saw Phil Parkinson's side pick up the local bragging rights over West Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United and secure a place in the Capital One Cup Third Round.

City looked to be heading out of the competition when visitors Leeds, who had been down to ten men from as early as just after the half hour mark following Luke Murphy's two first half yellow cards, shocked a bumper home support by taking the lead through Matt Smith eight minutes from the end.

Smith's header from a David Norris cross had been Leeds' only real effort on target of the whole second period up until that point as City mainly took advantage of their extra man to dominate possession after the break.

Far from go into their shells after Smith's late intervention though, City hit back in superb fashion with two goals within four minutes of going behind in a dramatic conclusion to the derby tie at the Coral Windows Stadium.

The Bantams' equaliser came less than two minutes later via a fierce drive from outside the box by Billy Knott after an Alan Sheehan corner had been cleared out into his path.

That goal sparked mast celebrations around Valley Parade but greater scenes were to follow when Parkinson's men went one better and took the lead of the tie with their very next attack.

Gary Liddle's cross into the area was headed in by the diving frame of James Hanson to complete the Bantams' comeback and give them the lead of the game with only minutes remaining.

Play was halted for over three minutes following Hanson's goal after a crowd disturbance appeared to break out over by a section of the stand holding the 3,800+ visiting Leeds supporters.

Partly due to this break in play, City had to see out nine minutes of added on time before they could secure the welcome win.

Smith and substitute Dominic Poleon threatened to muster in a barely-deserved equaliser in the depths of the extended period of over-time but City hung on to claim their first win over their near neighbours in twenty-eight years.
FT: Bradford City 2 Leeds United 1
Michael Tonge's delivery from the wide free-kick that follows is headed narrowly over the bar by Smith deep inside the area.
90+9min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booked for kicking the ball away following the award of a late Leeds free-kick deep in City's half.
90+7min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Matthew Dolan for Knott.
90+5min: Wootton's free-kick from deep into City's box is completely cleared by the Bantams as Leeds look to keep the attack alive. Smith eventually flicks the ball onto Sharp, who is prevented from having a shot on goal but the ball still breaks free towards Poleon. The Leeds sub tries to scramble the ball home from close range but the effort dribbles wide of Williams' far post.
90min: For the second game in a row, there will be nine minutes of time added.
89min: Play is finally able to continue as order is restored over by a section of Leeds supporters.
89min: SUB - Leeds bring on Dominic Poleon for Norris.
88min: Sadly for the vast majority here at the Coral Windows Stadium, play has been delayed slightly following Hanson's goal after what appears to be some crowd disturbance over in the Leeds section of the crowd.
86min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Leeds United 1 - Hanson sensationally heads City into the lead! Liddle's flighted cross into the area is met by Hanson, allowing the big striker to send a diving header past Taylor.
84min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Leeds United 1 - Knott drives home City's equaliser!!!!!!!!!!! Sheehan's delivery from the resulting corner is headed clear by Smith only as far as Knott, who drives home a stunning strike into the top corner from around 20 yards out.
Clarke lets rip with an effort from distance that Taylor has to push over the bar.
82min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Leeds United 1 - The visitors score with their first effort on target of the second period when Norris lifts a cross into the area for Smith to power a header.
Sheehan's corner delivery is cleared as far as Billy Knott just outside the area. The midfielder strikes for goal through a ruck of players but Taylor manages to kick his eye on the ball and cling onto the low effort.
73min: Clarke manages to get something onto a low deflected Sheehan cross into the area to knock the ball past Taylor but Pearce is on hand to get back and scoop the ball away before it can dribble over the line.
71min: Smith flicks on a long kick forward from Taylor into the path of the on-coming Norris but the midfielder's first time effort is sliced well wide of the target.
70min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Oliver McBurnie for Mclean.
67min: Mclean's low centre across the box picks out the run of Clarke but the Irishman's close range effort is smothered behind by Taylor by his near post.
51min: Meredith's testing delivery into the area is met by the run of Kennedy but the midfielder steers the ball wide of Taylor's goal with the visiting 'keeper rooted.
46min: The Bantams restart the tie.
HT: Bradford City 0 Leeds United 0
Sheehan picks up the ball over on the far side of Leeds' penalty area following an over-hit cross from the right flank but the Irish defender's low drive on his weaker right foot goes tamely into Taylor's clutches.
45+2min: YELLOW CARD - Liam Cooper is booked for bringing down Mclean just inside City's half of the field after the striker had spun away from him.
45+1min: Liddle's drive from distance is held by Taylor.
45min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
44min: Clarke's ball forward is flicked on by Hanson into the path of Jason Kennedy's, whose cross-come-shot on the volley whistles into the side-netting by Taylor's near post.
42min: After a driving run forward from Clarke, the Irishman feeds the ball wide into the path of Meredith, who sends over a teasing centre that whistles across the six yard box before Warnock has to put it behind for a corner over the far side of the Leeds' goal.
38min: Mclean's teasing ball across the six yard box narrowly misses Hanson in the middle before finding Liddle lurking over on the far side of the area. The midfielder fires the ball back into the mix but Jason Pearce is able to kick clear.
31min: YELLOW CARD = RED CARD - Murphy is given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card of the half - this time for a late tackle on Meredith just inside Leeds' half of the pitch.
23min: Wootton's hanging cross into the area is met by a downward header from Smith but the effort is easy enough for Williams to gather.
20min: Wootton's angled ball into the box is headed down by Smith into the path of Sharp deep inside City's penalty area. The Leeds striker tries to turn for goal for a close range shot but Sheehan and James Meredith combine to deny him and the ball is eventually bundled behind for a goal kick.
17min: A fizzing free-kick delivery from wide by Sheehan allows Aaron Mclean to steal in towards the far post but his close range diving header is narrowly of Taylor's goal.
15min: A Jason Kennedy cross has to tipped over by Leeds shot-stopper Stuart Taylor to stop it from potentially dropping into the far corner of his goal.
14min: A James Meredith long throw-in into the area eventually drops into the path of Billy Clarke thanks to some persistence from James Hanson. Clarke shoots for goal left-footed from a decent position inside the box but the effort is blocked away by a Leeds defender.
11min: Nice link-up play from Leeds sees Billy Sharp play David Norris in with a sight of goal just inside City's penalty area. Norris goes to shoot for goal, however, the striker is dispossessed by a great last-ditch tackle from Alan Sheehan. The ball breaks free to Stephen Warnock but the left back's rising drive from inside the box sails wide of Williams' goal.
8min: YELLOW CARD - Murphy is booked for catching Gary Liddle with a high and late tackle just inside City's own half of the pitch.
5min: Smith is involved again when he connects with Luke Murphy's corner delivery into the area but the striker's powerful header sails into the crowd behind Williams' goal.
1min: Matt Smith climbs highest to reach Scott Wootton's cross into the area but his downward glancing header bounces comfortably wide of Ben Williams' goal.
0min: Leeds United kick off the tie

Williams, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Liddle, Knott, Kennedy, Clarke, Mclean, Hanson

Subs: Urwin, Dolan, Yeates, Shariff, Routis, McBurnie, Morais

Bradford City cautions:
Clarke (90+9)

Bradford City changes:
McBurnie for Mclean (70), Dolan for Knott (90+7)

S Taylor, Wootton, Pearce, Cooper, Warnock, Norris, Tonge, Bianchi, Murphy, Smith, Sharp

Subs: Silvestri, Ajose, C Taylor, Cook, Poleon, Benedicic, Antenucci

Leeds United cautions:
Murphy (8), Murphy (31), Cooper (45+2)

Leeds United dismissals:
Murphy (31)

Leeds United changes:
Poleon for Norris (89)

Referee: G Scott
Assistant Referee: G Hilton
Assistant Referee: S Lucas
Fourth Official: S Stocksbridge

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