Saturday 14 March 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Notts County 1 (Edwards 76)
Bradford City 1 (Stead 45+5)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at Meadow Lane
Attendance: 5,166 (1,094 visitors)
A second half header from Notts County defender Mike Edwards denied City a deserved victory at Meadow Lane this Saturday.
Edwards' effort direct from a corner by former Bantams skipper Gary Jones fourteen minutes from the end cancelled out Jon Stead's opener for Phil Parkinson's men in first half injury time.
Stead's goal deep into a opening period extended by a head injury to Blair Adams came about when Francois Zoko sped past Hayden Mullins before teeing up his strike-partner to calmly volley home from close range.
The point earned by the Bantams was the very least Parkinson's side merited from the Sky Bet League 1 encounter after going close to doubling their lead on more than one occasion before Edwards' equaliser.
The recalled Christopher Routis and Matthew Dolan went close early after the break, while Zoko and substitute James Hanson both saw efforts cleared off the line in quick succession from a Mark Yeates corner just after the hour mark.
As City continued to dominate proceedings in the second half, Hanson was denied a clear strike of goal only by a last-ditch tackle from Mullins before Zoko planted a free header straight at Roy Carroll less than a minute later.
The Bantams were unfortunately made to pay for their missed opportunities when Edwards got himself on the end of Jones' corner delivery to convert one of County few chances on target in the second period up until that point.
Hanson had an opening two minutes from the end to restore City's lead but his looping header from Filipe Morais' hanging cross bounced agonisingly wide of Carroll's goal.
FT: Notts County 1 Bradford City 1
90+4min: YELLOW CARD - Garry Thompson is booked for bringing down Morais just inside City's half as the Bantams looked to push forward on a late attack.
90+2min: Curtis Thompson takes on James Meredith before firing in a rising drive that flashes past Alnwick's near post.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Bajner's low drive from just inside the box is pushed around his near post by Alnwick.
89min: SUB - Notts County bring on Nicky Wroe for Lita.
88min: Hanson's looping header from Morais' hanging cross bounces agonisingly Carroll's near post with the goalkeeper beaten.
85min: YELLOW CARD - Mullins is booked for bringing down Hanson over by City's left flank just inside County's half of the field.
76min: GOAL - Notts County 1 Bradford City 1 - County equalise when Mike Edwards heads home into the far corner from Jones' corner delivery.
73min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Billy Clarke for Zoko.
72min: SUB - County bring on Sean Newton for Adams.
72min:YELLOW CARD - McCourt is booked during a break in play after earlier trying to bring down Morais while the Portuguese winger was in full flow.
71min: Another decent chance for the Bantams! Morais' hooked ball into the middle finds Zoko unmarked but the Ivorian's free header from six yards out is held by Carroll.
70min: A brilliant run from Zoko eventually sees the Ivorian play Hanson in on goal but the Bantams striker is denied a strike on Carroll's goal from deep inside the County box by a superb last-ditch clearing tackle from Mullins.
69min: McCourt's pass finds Curtis Thompson inside the box but the midfielder's low drive is held by Alnwick.
68min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Filipe Morais for Routis.
64min: SUB - Notts County bring Balint Bajner for Whitehouse.
63min: City have an effort scrambled off the line! From the resulting corner delivery by Yeates, Hanson's initial header seems to be saved by Carroll from close range before Zoko's effort on the rebound appears to be kicked clear off the goal-line.
62min: Yeates' ball into the box from a wide free-kick delivery finds Routis lurking and the Frenchman volleys into the side-netting over by the far post via a slight deflection off a County player.
61min: Dolan's ball back into the area following a half-cleared City corner takes a flick off Hollis's head before dropping past Carroll's near post with the 'keeper wrong-footed.
60min: SUB - The Bantams bring on James Hanson for Stead.
59min: After Yeates' drive from inside the box is blocked by Mullins, the ball drops out to Dolan, who fires in a fierce strike from around 20 yards out that Carroll has to save low down to his right by his near post.
55min: Lita has the ball at his feet and is able to run into City's penalty area but the striker sends the ball over the bar while under pressure from Rory McArdle.
53min: Yeates' shot-come-cross from outside the area has to be put behind by a stretching Hollis as the ball flashes across County's penalty area and Stead lurks behind.
52min: MacKenzie flicks on Dolan's ball into the area but Zoko is crowded out by Gary Jones just as the Ivorian looks to fire for goal deep inside County's penalty box.
51min: After picking up the ball from Stead, Yeates' low strike on goal from just inside the area is straight at Carroll.
49min: Hollis strides forward deep into City territory but his eventual strike on goal from outside the area sails well wide of Alnwick's goal.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Notts County 0 Bradford City 1
45+5min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Notts County 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams have the lead in first half injury time! Zoko sprints away from Mullins down City's left flank and into the area before pulling the ball back from the byline for Stead to calmly volley past the helpless Carroll from close range.
45+4min: Despite appearing almost certain to be replaced by Sean Newton, Adams is now back on his feet and back involved in the match as play eventually continues.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first period. It could be a lot more, however, as Adams is still down on the ground receiving treatment.
45min: Play is halted at present after Adams appears to suffer a head injury when he runs into Gary Liddle's path while running with the ball.
43min: Yeates' clever pass into the area finds Jon Stead in space but the striker's pull back from close range by the byline is pounced on by a grateful Carroll before a lurking Zoko can look to get involved.
41min: Following a half-cleared City free-kick into the County box, Matthew Dolan whips the ball back into the area and his cross eventually drops into the path of the lurking MacKenzie. The giant Scot takes the ball under control but his drive on the half-volley from just outside the box is blocked by a diving tackle from Whitehouse.
39min: Picking up a loose ball just inside his own half, Curtis Thompson runs forward towards City's goal with menace before firing narrowly wide of Alnwick's far post with a low drive from just outside the Bantams' box.
35min: YELLOW CARD - Francois Zoko is harshly booked for catching Carroll as the Ivorian striker went to close down the home 'keeper following Haydn Hollis under-hit back-pass.
29min: Paddy McCourt's cross into the area is headed goalwards by Garry Thompson but Gary MacKenzie gets his leg to the ball to kick clear.
29min: YELLOW CARD - Christopher Routis is booked for bringing down Curtis Thompson just inside City's half of the pitch during a pacey break forward by the hosts.
27min: Yeates wriggles his way into shooting space inside the Notts County area but his shot from around twelve yards out is blocked.
16min: The ball breaks free into Leroy Lita's path inside the Bantams box but the striker's angled effort on goal from around six yards out is blocked behind for a corner by Stephen Darby.
14min: Elliott Whitehouse's cross into the area is flicked on by Garry Thompson but Adams' header spins some distance away from Alnwick's goal and the 'keeper is able to comfortably gather up.
12min: Yeates turns away from Curtis Thompson before firing in an angled strike on the half volley from outside the box that flashes wide of Carroll's near post.
10min: Mark Yeates' 25 yard free-kick is spilled by Roy Carroll but Jon Stead's close range effort on the stretch is held by the Northern Irish international shot-stopper.
8min: Hayden Mullins' ball into the area from deep eventually drops invitingly into the path of Blair Adams but his drive from around ten yards out is deflected and Jak Alnwick is able to gather up.
0min: Notts County kick off the match.
NOTTS COUNTY LINE UP:
Carroll, Mullins, Edwards, Hollis, Adams, Jones, C Thompson, Whitehouse, McCourt, Lita, G Thompson
Subs: Pilkington, Smith, Hayhurst, Wroe, Newton, Daniels, Bajner
Notts County cautions:
McCourt (72), Mullins (85). G Thompson (90+4)
Notts County changes:
Bajner for Whitehouse (64), Newton for Adams (72), Wroe for Lita (89)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Alnwick, Darby, McArdle, MacKenzie, Meredith, Liddle, Routis, Dolan, Yeates, Zoko, Stead
Subs: Williams, Sheehan, Hanson, Clarke, Knott, Morais, Halliday
Bradford City cautions:
Routis (29), Zoko (35)
Bradford City changes:
Hanson for Stead (60), Morais for Routis (68), Clarke for Zoko (73)
Referee: M Brown
Assistant Referee: A Clayton
Assistant Referee: N Gibbons
Fourth Official: R Massey-Elli