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Bradford City 1 Bristol City 1

11 January 2014

Saturday 11 January 2014at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bristol City 1 (Wagstaff 11)
Bradford City 1 (Hanson 1)
Sky Bet League 1

Attendance: 13,050

Pictures kindly provided by Thomas Gadd

City played out an entertaining draw with Bristol City to ensure they picked up a point from their first home fixture of the new calendar year.

Bantams striker James Hanson gave City a dream start by firing them into the lead with less than sixty seconds on the clock. Hanson's opener was cancelled out just ten minutes later, however, when Scott Wagstaff found the far corner with an angled drive from just inside the area.

Chances fell the way of both sides, especially in the second half, but it was City, despite losing Ricky Ravenhill and Kyel Reid to injury, who created some of the game's better openings.

Garry Thompson fired wide on the stroke of half-time after being played into space inside the area by Hanson while Oliver McBurnie, who was making his second start for the club, forced visiting 'keeper Elliot Parish into a decent save with his legs after a purposeful run from the young striker.

The closest City came to finding a winner came just over twenty minutes from the end when Gary Jones hit the inside of the post after fizzing in a fierce rising drive from outside the area.

Bristol City also hit the woodwork after the restart when the dangerous Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crashed a looping half-volley from just outside the box against Jon McLaughlin's far post.

Fourth Official: R Joyce
Assistant Referee: W Smallwood
Assistant Referee: N Gibbons
Referee: E Ilderton

Wagstaff (22)
Bristol City cautions:

Barnett for Reid (76), Fontaine for Williams (77), Burns for Emmanuel-Thomas (90)
Bristol City changes:

: Fielding, Moloney, Fontaine, Bryan, Gillett, Burns, Barnett Subs

Parish, Wagstaff, Osborne, Flint, Williams, Cunningham, Reid, Pack, Elliott, Emmanuel-Thomas, Baldock

Thompson (23)
Bradford City cautions:

Kennedy for Ravenhill (22), Yeates for Reid (72), Connell for McBurnie (77)
Bradford City changes:

Jameson, Oliver, Kennedy, Yeates, Taylor, Connell, Graham Subs:

McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, McHugh, Thompson, Jones, Ravenhill, Reid, McBurnie, Hanson

The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half. 0min:
- City score within the first minute through James Hanson! A Gary Jones corner is initially headed across goal by Hanson. The ball deflects back into the striker's path and he fires low into the net from a few yards out.Bradford City 1 Bristol City 01min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carl McHugh heads over from a decent position inside the area following another Jones corner delivery.
11min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Bristol City 1 - The visitors equalise through Scott Wagstaff. A header on finds Wagstaff in space just inside the Bantams' penalty area. Jon McLaughlin gets a hand on Wagstaff's dipping strike across goal but the effort still finds the far corner.
The ball breaks into Sam Baldock's path but the striker's side-footed effort from just inside the area is repelled by McLaughlin before Matthew Bates hooks the loose ball out for a throw-in. 14min:
Ricky Ravenhill appears to have picked up a slight problem while turning to make a pass in midfield. The midfielder looks set to carry on, however, for the time being. 15min:
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fires a yard or so over with a left-footed drive from just outside the area. 17min:
Following his earlier problem, Ravenhill is now down receiving treatment from City physio Matt Barrass. After a brief check though, Ravenhill is deemed fit enough to carry on for the time being. 18min:
McHugh flings himself at a Jones corner delivery but he can't quite get a clear connection on the ball unfortunately. If he had though, he would have been in a great position to get a thumping effort in on goal. 20min:
Wagstaff is booked for catching Kyel Reid from behind as the winger surges towards Bristol City's penalty area. -YELLOW CARD22min:
Clearly not over his earlier injury problem, Ravenhill is replaced by Jason Kennedy. 22min: SUB -
Garry Thompson is booked for a late challenge on Greg Cunningham midway into City's half of the pitch. -YELLOW CARD23min:
Bobby Reid's effort from outside the area is pushed away by McLaughlin. 28min:
Cunningham's drive from inside the area deflects up off a City defender before looping just over McLaughlin's bar. 30min:
Kennedy plays a one-two with Thompson around the edge of Bristol City's penalty area before driving into the box and forcing a good reaction save from Elliot Parish after fizzing in a near-post rising drive. 34min:
Bobby Reid tries his luck on the volley from distance after latching onto Rory McArdle's headed clearance but McLaughlin is comfortably behind the effort. 36min:
Kennedy shoots for goal from just outside the area but the effort has all the sting taken out of it by the leg of a visiting defender before looping up harmlessly into the arms of Parish. 37min:
Thompson has a great chance to fire City back in the lead! A neat flick forward off the boot from Hanson finds Thompson in space in the box and in behind Bristol City's defence. As the ball bounces up into Thompson's path for him to have a shot though, the presence of a recovering Cunningham seems to affect the winger and he can only slice an effort wide of goal. 45min:
There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
HT: Bradford City 1 Bristol City 1
Bristol City kick off the second half. 46min:
Marvin Elliott sends a diving header narrowly wide of McLaughlin's near post following a Cunningham cross from a Bristol City short corner. 47min:
McHugh sends a thumping diving header towards goal from a Jones corner delivery but the effort is blocked by the frame of a Bristol City player before it can trouble Parish. 48min:
A Jones corner delivery is eventually headed across goal by Hanson but Oliver McBurnie's back-heel towards goal from close range is gathered by Parish. 51min:
Baldock is given a free header from a Cunningham cross into the box but the effort lacks the power or precision to trouble McLaughlin, who gathers with relative ease. 53min:
Emmanuel-Thomas tries his luck from outside the area with a dipping half-volley that pings off McLaughlin's far post before bouncing away. 59min:
McArdle's knock from deep back into the area is headed across the box by Hanson into the path of McBurnie, who is lurking in space. The young striker side-steps out of the way of one Bristol City defender but his effort for goal from around ten yards out is blocked by another. 63min:
Jones hits the post! His thumping drive from outside the area sails past the despairing dive of Parish before bouncing off the inside of the post and away. 68min:
Mark Yeates is brought on for Kyel Reid, who unfortunately appears to have picked up a knock in the match. 72min: SUB -
Elliott runs onto an inswinging cross from Wagsataff before sending a thumping header a yard or two over. 75min:
Bristol City bring on Tyrone Barnett for Bobby Reid. 76min: SUB -
Picking up possession from a wide position, McBurnie flicks the ball over Derrick Williams' head before driving towards the area. He eventually fires in a low drive from a relatively tight angle by Parish's near post but the 'keeper sends the ball behind with his legs. 76min:
A clutch of City players go up for Jones' delivery from the corner that follows before a header for goal, seemingly from McArdle, is clawed off the line by a diving save from Parish. 77min:
The Bantams bring on Alan Connell for McBurnie, who gets a nice reception as he leaves the pitch. 77min: SUB -
Liam Fontaine comes on for Bristol City in place of Williams. 77min: SUB -
Jones fires for goal with a direct free-kick from a fair distance out but his effort sails comfortably wide. 84min:
Jones plays Thompson into space just inside Bristol City's own half as the Bantams spring forward on the counter-attack. Thompson races into the area before firing in a low drive that is saved by Parish. 89min:
Bristol City bring on Wes Burns for Emmanuel-Thomas. 90min: SUB -
There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match. 90min:
FT: Bradford City 1 Bristol City 1

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