Sky Bet League 1
Carlisle United 1 (Miller 14)
Bradford City 0
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at Brunton Park
Attendance: 3,267 (472 visitors)
City fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of Carlisle United on a frustrating night for Phil Parkinson's men.
Lee Miller's fourteenth minute strike proved enough to give the hosts the points despite City dominating the second half for long periods.
Miller's goal came as City failed to clear a James Berrett corner delivery and the Carlisle striker swooped from close range to send an acrobatic bicycle kick past a helpless Jon McLaughlin.
Carlisle attacker David Amoo enjoyed a golden chance to double his side's lead just after the break but he was eased off the ball by a recovering Garry Thompson as he looked to tap home after rounding McLaughlin.
After that close shave City enjoyed almost total domination of proceedings, with Adam Reach in particular looking a real threat on either flank, but Parkinson's side couldn't find the cutting edge required to test home stopper Jordan Pickford enough.
FT: Carlisle United 1 Bradford City 0
90+3min: Mclean fires in a first time strike from outside the area but the low effort bounces wide without seriously threatening Pickford's goal.
90min: There will be four minutes added on at the end of the match.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Andy Gray for Hanson.
75min: SUB - Carlisle bring on Michael Drennan for Redmond.
75min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Kyle Bennett for Thompson.
74min: YELLOW CARD - Byrne is booked for hauling back Bates as the left back enters into Carlisle's half.
71min: Mclean takes on Berrett in a wide position before driving into the box and firing in an angled drive that frustratingly sails comfortably over Pickford's bar.
69min: Jones takes aim from outside the area but his dipping half-volley is saved by Pickford down low to his left.
67min: SUB - Carlisle United bring on Sam Byrne for Amoo.
66min: Thompson surges into the area from the right flank before clipping over an inviting centre that agonisingly floats just behind Hanson with the Bantams striker looking set to steam in for a header on goal from close range.
54min: Doyle comes onto the ball following a half-cleared Reach cross into the area but the midfielder's first time effort from outside the box is scuffed comfortably well of the target.
53min: Miller's glancing header from around eight yards out is held by McLaughlin following Redmond's near post delivery.
51min: YELLOW CARD - Pascal Chimbonda is booked for bringing down Reach following a surging run forwards from the left winger.
48min: CHANCE - Carlisle blow a golden opportunity to double their lead when a Darby air-shot just inside Carlisle's half allows Amoo to sprint clear. City's right back misses his kick as he tries to put the ball back into mix following a cleared Bantams corner, allowing Amoo to use his sprinter's pace to surge forwards towards City's penalty area. Upon reaching the box, Amoo rounds McLaughlin but a back-tracking Garry Thompson is on hand to vitally get himself between Amoo and the ball and shepherd it out for a goal-kick.
46min: McArdle has to slide in to make a vital block to prevent Robson's teasing low centre from flashing across the six yard box.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT SUB - The Bantams bring on Nathan Doyle for Matthew Dolan ahead of the restart.
HT: Carlisle United 1 Bradford City 0
45min: There will be a minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
43min: Redmond holds off Stephen Darby to connect with Potts' searching far post cross but the midfielder's looping header back across goal drops onto the roof of McLaughlin's net.
33min: A forceful run forward from Adam Reach down City's right flank sees the winger surge past Matty Robson before moving inside onto his left foot and firing in a rising angled drive that Pickford manages to push away.
30min: Berrett fires a low strike from outside the area comfortably wide of McLaughlin's goal.
30min: Danny Redmond sends over a teasing in-swinging cross from wide that skips off the surface and requires McLaughlin to fling himself across his goal to push it away.
23min: City clear a deep free-kick from Carlisle as far as the lurking Ben Potts, who fires in a cleanly-struck volley from around 25 yards out that whistles a good couple of yards over the bar.
22min: Gary Jones moves onto a bouncing ball just outside Carlisle's area but his downward strike skips off the surface and into the grasp of home 'keeper Jordan Pickford.
14min: GOAL - Carlisle United 1 Bradford City 0 - The Bantams concede the opening goal of the game when they fall to clear their lines following a Berrett corner. City have at least a couple of attempts at getting rid of the delivery but the ball eventually falls into the path of Miller, who crashes an acrobatic bicycle kick past a helpless McLaughlin from around six yards out.
10min: James Berrett's in-swinging free-kick from a wide position takes a flick off Lee Miller on its way through but a watchful Jon McLaughlin is able to gather.
5min: Stephen Darby's long throw-in into the area eventually lands at the feet of Mclean deep inside the Carlisle penalty box. The striker pokes the ball goal-wards from close range but the effort is deflected out for a corner.
3min: Aaron Mclean tries his luck from a good distance out after latching onto a James Hanson knock-down but the forward's effort is dragged well wide of goal.
0min: Carlisle kick off the match.
CARLISLE UNITED LINE UP
Pickford, Chimbonda, O'Hanlon, Meppen-Walter, Robson, Berrett, Potts, Thirlwell, Redmond, Amoo, Miller
Subs: Fleming, Noble, Ekangamene, Symington, Byrne, Guy, Drennan
Carlisle United changes:
Byrne for Amoo (67), Drennan for Redmond (75)
Carlisle United cautions:
Chimbonda (51), Byrne (74)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Bates, Thompson, Jones, Dolan, Reach, Hanson, Mclean
Subs: Jameson, Gray, McHugh, Doyle, McBurnie, Atkinson, Bennett
Bradford City changes:
Doyle for Dolan (46), Bennett for Thompson (75), Gray for Hanson (80)
Referee: G Eltringham
Assistant Referee: M Dicicco
Assistant Referee: G Liddle
Fourth Official: R Joyce