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Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0

18 February 2014

Tuesday 18 February 2014
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 1 (McHugh 90+2)
Port Vale 0
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 12,106 (220 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Thomas Gadd

Carl McHugh's dramatic injury time header gave City a morale-boosting victory in thrilling fashion over Port Vale this Tuesday evening.

Despite dominating virtually the whole game, Phil Parkinson's men looked set to have to settle for a share of the spoils until McHugh rose highest in the second minute of injury time to connect with Gary Jones' corner delivery and send a looping header into the far corner.

The goal sparked wild scenes of celebrations on and off the pitch as McHugh's thumping winner gave the Bantams their first victory since the end of November.

FT: Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0
The Bantams bring on Andy Gray for Mclean.90+3min SUB -
90+3min: YELLOW CARD - Lines is booked for bringing down Thompson over by the far corner flag in Vale's half as City look to play out time.
90+2min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0 - McHugh fires City into the lead in dramatic fashion! Jones' corner delivery is met by the Irishman, who sends a looping header into the far corner.
There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.90min:
Daniel Jones' looping back-header from a long Carl Dickinson throw-in into the box sails over McLaughlin's bar.88min:
Reach's searching ball into the area is headed well wide its intended target by Hanson.84min:
Reach plays Jones into space inside the area but his rising drive flashes wide of Neal's goal.79min:
Hugill uses his fresh legs to surge into shooting space just inside City's penalty area but his drive is repelled by McLaughlin before the 'keeper gathers up the loose ball at the second attempt.78min:
Darby's searching cross into the area is latched onto by Mclean, who sees his shot deflected slightly wide of goal. Reach is onto the ball at the far post, however, but his low drive from close range crashes against Neal's near post.City hit the post!76min: CHANCE -
Hanson cuts the ball back across the six yard box from the byline but Neal is able to dive on the low cross before Mclean and Reach can pounce.75min:
Port Vale bring on Jordan Hugill for Williamson.73min: SUB -
Lines sends a free-kick from just outside the area a yard or so over.72min:
The Bantams bring on Garry Thompson for Bennett.71min: SUB -
McHugh is booked for catching Loft with a high boot midway into Vale's half over by the near touchline.65min: YELLOW CARD -
Loft's curling drive from just inside the area is pushed up and away at McLaughlin.63min:
McArdle sends a glancing header wide of Neal's far post following Jones' corner delivery into the area.60min:
Reach turns away from Loft out on City's left flank before cutting inside on his right foot and fizzing in a rising shot across goal that eventually whistles a good couple of yards wide of Neal's far post.54min:
Davies heads over following Jones' wide free-kick delivery into the area.53min:
Despite some slight initial concerns over the pair, both Davies and McHugh are eventually able to continue.50min:
Play is halted for the time being as McHugh and Davies both receive treatment following an accidental clash of heads.49min:
Mclean wrestles for possession inside the area before sending an overhead kick towards goal. The ball looks to be bouncing into Reach's path but a stretching Loft just reaches it in time and lifts it over the bar for a corner.46min:
The Bantams restart the match.46min:
HT: Bradford City 0 Port Vale 0
There will be two minutes added on at the end of the first half.45min:
Jones' free-kick finds McHugh over by the far post but the Irishman's header goes wide.43min:
Jones plays a one-two with Davies before firing in a rising drive from outside the area that flashes narrowly wide of Neal's top corner.33min:
Loft is booked for blocking Reach as the left winger sets off another surging run into Vale territory.33min: YELLOW CARD -
Hanson leans back to connect with Stephen Darby's hanging cross but the forward's header lacks the power to seriously trouble Neal.31min:
Hanson heads the ball down into the path of the lurking Mclean but the striker's effort from just outside the area is ballooned well over the bar.30min:
Loft nips the ball off McHugh's toes just outside the Bantams' box before firing in a fierce drive from just inside the area that McLaughlin pushes up into the air before gathering at the second attempt.29min:
Anthony Griffith is booked for a lunging tackle on Mclean just inside Vale's half.22min: YELLOW CARD -
City enjoy more than one opportunity to take the lead following a Gary Jones corner. The corner delivery from City's skipper is flicked on by Carl McHugh before Hanson steals in at the far post, only to see his close range effort blocked by Neal. With the ball still bouncing around in Vale's area, Reach sees his first effort blocked before his second, a delightful chip, is tipped over the bar by a back-tracking Neal.16min:
Bennett's clipped ball into the box is met by Hanson but the striker can only direct his header comfortably wide of Neal's goal.15min:
McLaughlin races out of his goal to beat Ben Williamson to a ball forward but the 'keeper can only proceed in driving his kick into the middle of the pitch. With McLaughlin stranded out of his goal,  Chris Lines takes aim from all of 40 yards out but a recovering Rory McArdle is on hand to track back and header clear before the effort from distance can drop in.9min:
Reach's delightful ball over the top plays Hanson into space over by City's left channel. The striker, who is positioned inside the area but wide of goal, takes on the shot first time and his left-footed half-volley flashes across Chris Neal's goal and just wide of his far post.7min:
Tom Pope beats Andrew Davies to Daniel Jones' flighted cross into the area but the striker's header for goal lacks the power or precision to trouble Jon McLaughlin.6min:
Kyle Bennett and Adam Reach both see shots blocked by the edge of Vale's area within seconds of each other.2min:
James Hanson latches onto a ball into the area within the first minute but his little dab for goal is blocked by the on-rushing Chris Neal, who comes out and makes himself big to repel the flick forwards.1min:
Port Vale kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half.0min:  

McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, McHugh, Bennett, Jones, Doyle, Reach, Mclean, Hanson

Subs: Jameson, Dolan, Gray, Thompson, Yeates, McBurnie, Atkinson

Bradford City changes:
Thompson for Bennett (71), Gray for Mclean (90+3)

Bradford City cautions:
McHugh (65)

Neal, Yates, Grimmer, Davis, Dickinson, Loft, Lines, Griffith, Jones, Williamson, Pope

Subs: Johnson, Dodds, Myrie-Williams, Tomlin, Birchall, Knott, Hugill

Port Vale changes:
Hugill for Williamson (73)

Port Vale cautions:
Griffith (22), Loft (33), Lines (90+3)

Referee: M Brown
Assistant Referee: B Gordon
Assistant Referee: C Kavanagh
Fourth Official: J Mainwaring

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