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3 January 2015

Club News


3 January 2015

Saturday 3 January 2015
F.A Cup Third Round
Millwall 3 (McDonald 36, Fuller 66, 83)
Bradford City 3 (Knott 6, 76, Nelson O.G 70)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at The Den

Attendance 5,470 (1,093 visitors)

The Bantams earned themselves a third round replay with Millwall after playing out an entertaining F.A Cup tie with their Championship hosts.

City twice took the lead through Billy Knott goals - his fifth and sixth strikes of the season - but a second half double from experienced forward Ricardo Fuller helped to ensure that the tie ended level.

The two sides will now meet again at the Coral Windows Stadium a week on Wednesday.

Following a bright start from Phil Parkinson's men, City took the lead after only six minutes when Knott pounced to drill home after James Hanson had headed Alan Sheehan's corner delivery back down into the mix.

Millwall equalised with nine minutes of the first half remaining when Australian forward Scott McDonald swooped to divert Lee Martin's cross past Ben Williams with a glancing header.

The Lions were in the lead of the tie six minutes after the hour mark when McDonald turned provider to sent up an unmarked Fuller to fire past Williams from deep inside the box.

The Bantams sprung back into the tie with a real purpose, however, and they were level just four minutes later when Hanson's deflected drive looped up onto crossbar before rolling over the line off a helpless Millwall defender Sid Nelson.

City went one better shortly afterwards to retake the lead of the tie when Knott expertly steered the ball past David Forde with a fine finish on the volley from Filipe Morais' cross.

The goal moved Knott level with James Hanson at the top of City's scoring charts.

With time running out, City could have perhaps begun to dream about seeing the game out but Millwall hit back in the final stages when Fuller was picked out by Martin.

The Jamaican striker used the space afforded to him to steer the ball past Williams for the sixth goal of an increasingly exciting tie.

Both sides had half opportunities to snatch a winner but the tie remained level at 3-3, meaning City will get the chance to test themselves again against Championship opposition in eleven days time.

FT: Millwall 3 Bradford City 3
90+6min: Hanson gets his head onto a late Darby cross but the effort lacks the power to trouble Forde and the 'keeper grabs hold of the ball just before the lurking McBurnie.
90+5min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Oliver McBurnie for Knott.
90+2min: Woolford tries his luck from distance but his half-volley on the bounce loops over Williams' bar.
90+1min: Knott plays the ball into the path of Morais and the attacker fires an angled drive from just inside the box over the bar.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: SUB - Millwall bring on Martyn Woolford for Upson.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Francois Zoko for Stead.
88min: McArdle's diving headed clearance from Dunne's cross lands at the feet of Gueye but the attacker's low drive from just outside the box is well held by Williams.
83min: GOAL - Millwall 3 Bradford City 3 - Fuller has Millwall level again when the striker fires home unmarked from around twelve yards out after being picked out by Martin.
82min: Morais' corner delivery is headed down by Sheehan into the mix. McArdle tries to poke the ball goalwards from close range but his connection isn't clean and Forde can gather. 
81min: SUB - Millwall bring on Magaye Gueye for Chaplow.
77min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Jason Kennedy for Halliday.
76min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Millwall 2 Bradford City 3 - The Bantams are back in front! Morais' cross into the area is put away into the far bottom corner by a fine finish on the volley from Knott around eight yards out.
73min: Stead's angled drive from just inside the box flashes across goal - narrowly missing the diving frames of McArdle and Hanson - before going out for a goal-kick.
70min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Millwall 2 Bradford City 2 - City aren't behind for long though! Hanson's angled drive from just inside the box deflects up off Dunne before dropping onto the bar and the hitting the unfortunate Nelson and rolling over the line.
69min: McDonald fires in a low drive from just inside the box that is held by Williams.
66min: GOAL - Millwall 2 Bradford City 1 - Millwall are in the lead for the first time in the tie. McDonald knocks the ball past McArdle before crossing for the unmarked Fuller to fire home past Williams.
64min: Hanson heads over from Knott's resulting corner delivery.
63min: The ball pops up into the path of Morais and the attacker fires in a low drive from just outside the box that deflects off a Millwall player and narrowly wide of Forde's far post.
60min: Martin curls an effort from outside the area a yard or so wide of Williams' far post.
57min: An unmarked Upson heads over following Briggs' cross into the box.
53min: YELLOW CARD - McArdle is booked for tangling with Forde after the goalkeeper had claimed a Sheehan free-kick delivery.
51min: YELLOW CARD - Chaplow is booked for bringing down Morais in full flow as he drives into the Millwall half.
50min: A forceful run by Fuller from outside the City box eventually ends when Sheehan heads behind as the striker looks clip the ball across goal.
46min: Millwall restart the tie.
HT: Millwall 1 Bradford City 1
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: The ball drops dangerously at the feet of McDonald barely yards from goal. The Australian's close range half-volley is somehow held by Williams but the effort wouldn't have counted even if it had gone in, however, after referee Mr Webb had earlier blown up for a foul on Sheehan by Fuller.
43min: Knott tees up Morais and the Portuguese attacker fires a low drive from just outside the area wide of Forde's far post.
42min: Not for the first time this half, Forde falls to deal with a Morais cross into the box. As a result the ball breaks free to Knott but the 'keeper redeems himself by blocking the midfielder's driven half-volley from around fourteen yards out.
39min: Fuller's ball across the area finds Martin but the winger's strike from just inside the box is blocked out by McArdle. The ball lands at the feet of Shittu seconds later and the big centre half fires a low drive from distance wide of Williams' goal.
36min: GOAL - Millwall 1 Bradford City 1 - The hosts have an equaliser in the game when Martin's teasing cross towards the near post is flicked past Williams by a glancing close range header from McDonald.
32min: The Vanishing Spray is used for the first time in the game when Millwall are awarded a free-kick just outside City's penalty area. Despite the potentially dangerous position for the free-kick, the Bantams eventually clear their lines via blocks by Gary Liddle and Halliday from shots by Alan Dunne and Briggs respectively.
28min: Fuller turns away from the attentions of Stephen Darby inside the area but his snap-shot for goal from around twelve yards out bobbles wide of Williams' near post.
27min: Fuller climbs highest to reach Matthew Briggs' hanging far post cross but the effort lacks power or direction and Williams can comfortably gather the loose ball.
26min: Martin's dangerous cross into the six yard box is blocked out by a diving tackle from Knott. The ball falls into the path of Scott McDonald seconds later but his strike for goal is kicked away by Knott again from right in front of his own goal.
24min: Chance! Sheehan's floated free-kick into the box is headed on by Hanson into the path of Halliday but the midfielder can only volley over from around eight yards out.
23min: YELLOW CARD - Ed Upson is booked for bringing down Stead a late tackle just inside Millwall's half of the pitch.
22min: Forde gets in a spot of bother when he fumbles a Morais cross into the area. The lurking Hanson tries to capitalise on the error but he can only get a brief touch on the ball before Millwall can clear the danger.
16min: GOAL....NO! Millwall think for a second they have an equaliser when Fuller fires home after Williams had acrobatically repelled Danny Shittu's header from a Martin wide free-kick delivery. The Jamaican's celebrations are short-lived, however, as the linesman's flag had already been raised against Shittu.
15min: Stead finds Halliday in space over by City's left flank but the midfielder's driven cross-come-shot across Millwall's area is claimed by Forde.
12min: Lee Martin's delivery into the area from a wide free-kick is headed out by Rory McArdle into the path of Ricardo Fuller, who fires a low drive wide of Ben Williams' goal from just inside the Bantams box.
6min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Millwall 0 Bradford City 1 - City have the lead through Knott! Alan Sheehan's searching far post delivery from the resulting corner is headed back across goal by Hanson and Knott is on hand to lash home between the legs of Forde with a low drive from around eight yards out.
5min: Stead plays Andy Halliday into a pocket of space inside Millwall's penalty area. The midfielder glides past Sid Nelson before seeing his attempted centre across goal deflected behind by Richard Chaplow.
4min: James Meredith's long throw into the area is flicked on by James Hanson into the path of Jon Stead who volleys over the bar with a shot on the turn from around eight yards out.
1min: Billy Knott has an early sighter - his low drive from outside the area flies a couple of yards wide of David Forde's goal.
0min: The Bantams kick off this third round tie.

Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Nelson, Briggs, Chaplow, Upson, Abdou, Martin, McDonald, Fuller

Subs: King, Easter, Woolford, Gueye, O'Brien, Powell, Angel

Millwall cautions:
Upson (23), Chaplow (51)

Millwall changes:
Gueye for Chaplow (81), Woolford for Upson (89)

Williams, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Morais, Liddle, Knott, Halliday, Stead, Hanson

Subs: Urwin, Zoko, Kennedy, Routis, McBurnie, Wright, Mottley-Henry

Bradford City cautions:
McArdle (53)

Bradford City changes:
Kennedy for Halliday (77), Zoko for Stead (89), McBurnie for Knott (90+5)

Referee: D Webb
Assistant Referee: M Perry
Assistant Referee: S Butler
Fourth Official: J Busby

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