Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 22 August 2015
Bradford City 0
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Oakwell Stadium
Attendance 10,342 (1,826 visitors)
The Bantams showed exactly the levels of determination and desire Phil Parkinson had been asking for pre-match as City picked up a battling goalless draw at Barnsley.
With new loanee signings Lee Evans and Reece Burke in the side, City seem to grow stronger as the match wore on and could perhaps feel themselves slightly aggrieved not to have snuck all three points.
Parkinson's men were the side on the front foot for most of the final 20-25 minutes of the contest but they couldn't force a goal in front of their vocal away support.
Although City enjoyed a purple patch in the latter stages, their best chance of the afternoon arguably came midway through the second period when Steven Davies fired wide after bursting through clear on goal.
As the hosts, Barnsley did have spells of their own in the contest but a disciplined defensive display from a resolute City side came them at bay.
Tykes defender Alfie Mawson nearly snatched the points in injury time when hit the post with the final attack of the game after connecting with a header from a wide free-kick deep in injury time.
Any late drama would have been extremely harsh on Parkinson's side after an improving display from the Bantams.
FT: Barnsley 0 Bradford City 0
90+4min: Mawson heads over the bar from close range after latching onto Roberts' long throw-in towards the near post.
90+3min: Mawson hits the post! Hourihane's free-kick from wide into the box finds the head of the Tykes defender and his efforts smashes against Williams' far post.
90+1min: Hanson connects with another Evans free-kick from distance into the box but his downward header bounces up off the turf and over Davies' bar.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
90min: A free-kick from Evans from distance is headed down into the mix by McArdle from deep within the box but Barnsley clear their lines.
85min: Morris' low ball into the area is picked up by James, who lays the ball off the waiting Evans. The Welsh midfielder strikes for goal from just inside box but his effort is blocked.
84min: McArdle's long ball forward is headed down by Hanson into the path of James but the striker's poke for goal from close range is held by Davies.
83min: YELLOW CARD - Crowley is booked for catching Morris with a late tackle just inside Barnsley's half of the pitch.
80min: Morris' ball across the six yard box narrowly misses the diving frame of Hanson over by the far stick.
80min: After some rumbles of thunder earlier in the half, the heavens have decided to well and truly open now here at Oakwell. It is bucketing it down now!
76min: SUB - Barnsley bring on Conor Wilkinson for Winnall.
75min: Wabara's hanging cross into the area is sent wide of Williams' goal via a downward header from Winnall.
72min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Luke James for Davies.
72min: Electing not to put the ball into the box, Morris instead goes direct for goal from a free-kick from distance and the effort sails comfortably over the bar.
70min: Morris goes down in the box after being barged over by Wabara. With referee Mr Ilderton clearly thinking the contact was just shoulder-to-shoulder, however, only a goal-kick is given.
67min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Josh Morris for Anderson.
66min: Big chance missed by Davies! The City striker robs Scowen of possession just outside the area, giving the forward a clear run on goal. Davies dinks the ball over his namesake as the Barnsley 'keeper goes to ground but the effort bounces wide of the far post.
64min: Hanson sends a glancing header wide of Davies' far post following Marshall's cross into the box.
63min: SUB - Barnsley bring on Kadeem Harris for Pearson.
60min: YELLOW CARD - After receiving a warning the first half for a couple of fouls on Dan Crowley, Anderson is booked for clipping Scowen around the halfway line while the Barnsley man was bursting forward.
57min: Watkins' ball in behind City's defence gives Winnall a glimpse of goal but, on the stretch and from a tight angle, the striker can only keep the pass in play and possession trickles gleefully into the hands of Williams.
52min: Davies' poke across the six yard box forces Reece Wabara to put behind for a corner with Marshall lurking nearby.
51min: Winnall's ball back to Scowen inside the area sees the midfielder fire high over the bar with a first time effort from around 12 yards out while under pressure from Liddle.
46min: The Bantams restart the match. City will now attack towards the away end here at Oakwell.
HT: Barnsley 0 Bradford City 0
45min: There will be a minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: Pearson's fierce drive from just outside the box is pushed away by the strong hands of Williams.
43min: Winnall's angled drive from the edge of the box is well saved low to left by Williams.
43min: Picking up a loose ball, Evans tries to catch Davies off his line but the Welshman's drive from at least 40 yards out sails wide of Barnsley's goal.
35min: The home fans are calling for punishment for Davies after the striker appeared to go into forcefully on Mawson midway into City's half of the pitch. In fairness to the City striker, Davies did appear to win the ball, and referee Eddie Ilderton waves play on. The game is eventually stopped to allow Mawson to receive some treatment, with the defender able to carry on shortly afterwards.
26min: City end up forcing four corners in total during a period of pressure before Barnsley eventually clear their lines.
24min: Anderson's corner is headed down by Hanson into the path of Rory McArdle, who hooks the ball goalwards from behind him, forcing Davies to step-back and tip the effort over the bar.
22min: Anderson drives a strike from just outside the area into the body of Davies.
21min: Roberts heads Hourihane's hanging free-kick into the area back into the mix before centre back partner Alfie Mawson sends a header of his own onto the roof of Williams' net.
17min: After dispossessing Sam Winnall, Evans receives the ball back from Gary Liddle before curling a low drive from around 20 yards out narrowly past Davies' far post.
12min: Barnsley hit the post! Williams fails to cling onto Roberts' long throw-in into the area and Marley Watkins fires against City's near post with a snap-shot on the turn from close range.
8min: Conor Hourihane's free-kick from deep is headed away by Lee Evans as far as Josh Scowen, who sends a looping drive well over the bar from around 25 yards out.
7min: Ben Pearson's threatening through-ball looks to play Sam Winnall in with a clear run on Ben Williams' goal but a recovering Stephen Darby gets across to dispossess the Barnsley attacker with a sliding tackle just outside the box.
5min: Mark Marshall's inswinging cross from the left is headed away by Marc Roberts, narrowly beating Steven Davies to the ball in the process. Paul Anderson is lurking on the edge of the box, however, and his low first-time volley has to be pushed away by Adam Davies.
0min: Barnsley kick off the match.
BARNSLEY LINE UP:
Davies, Wabara, Roberts, Mawson, Nyatanga, Pearson, Watkins, Scowen, Hourihane, Crowley, Winnall
Subs: Walton, Bree, Smith, Digby, Wilkinson, Rothwell, Harris
Harris for Pearson (63), Wilkinson for Winnall (76)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, Anderson, Evans, Liddle, Marshall, Davies, Hanson
Subs: Jones, N Clarke, Sheehan, Knott, Morris, Mottley-Henry, James
Bradford City changes:
Morris for Anderson (67), James for Davies (72)
Bradford City cautions:
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee: Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Christopher Akers