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6 August 2016

Club News


6 August 2016

Saturday 6 August 2016
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 0
Port Vale 0
Kick Off 3:00pm
The Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade

Attendance: 18,558 (1,073 visitors)

Stuart McCall's Bantams picked up their first point of the new 2016/2017 campaign after a dominant display over Port Vale at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

In McCall's first competitive game back in charge, City controlled their opening day contest for long periods and could easily have took the lead in a energetic first half performance.

Former City loanee 'keeper Jak Alnwick tipped an early Billy Clarke effort onto the crossbar, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival - one of five debutants on show for City - saw a shot kicked off the line later in the half.

Nicky Law and James Hanson also went close during the opening period.

With Nathan Clarke and Timothee Dieng out due to minor calf injuries, Knight-Percival was joined at centre half by Frenchman Romain Vincelot. 

Dieng and Vincelot's places in central midfield were taken by Law and young pro Daniel Devine, who was handed his first action in senior football by McCall.

The Bantams continued to force the pace after the break but goal-scoring opportunities proved harder to come by.

Hanson looked to get on the end of a number of crosses from Mark Marshall and Filipe Morais - both of whom played with real purpose on the wings - but McCall's men couldn't find a breakthrough.

Vale nearly struck late on through substitutes Christopher Mbamba and Quentin Pereira to snatch a barely-deserved three points but both fired wide with efforts from inside the box.

FT: Bradford City 0 Port Vale 0
Forrester battles away for a long goal-kick forward from Alnwick and the ball eventually breaks to Pereira, who fires narrowly wide from just inside the box.
McMahon swings the resulting free-kick into the box but the ball goes over Hanson’s head before being put out on the stretch by Anderson behind him.
90+4min: YELLOW CARD –
Grant is booked for bringing down Marshall as the winger looked to cut in-field from City’s right flank.
Tavares puts the ball invitingly across the box for the unmarked Mbamba in the middle but he can’t quite reach it properly and his effort on the stretch from close range goes wide.
There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
A cross from the right drops into the path of Anderson but his shot from inside the box is blocked away before it can trouble Alnwick in the Vale goal.
Mbamba gets in between Vincelot and Knight-Percival to reach a long ball forward but the attacker’s attempted lob for goal drops harmlessly wide of Doyle’s goal.
Hanson gets to Meredith’s near post cross first but the striker’s header is clean and Alnwick can watch the effort go wide.
76min: SUB –
Vale bring on Quentin Pereira for Jerome Thomas.
69min: SUB –
Vale bring on Anton Forrester for Rigino Cicilia
69min: SUBS –
The Bantams bring on Jordy Hiwula and Paul Anderson for Billy Clarke and Morais respectively.
59min: YELLOW CARD –
Tavares is booked for a late tackle on McMahon midway into Vale territory. Knight-Percival glances a header wide from the resulting Morais floated free-kick into the box.
Tavares tries his luck with a first time effort from outside the box but his effort curls comfortably wide of Doyle’s goal.
57min: SUB –
Vale bring on Christopher Mbamba for De Freitas.
Morais finds the forward run into the box of McMahon with a well-timed pass. McMahon looks to knock the ball over Alnwick, who off his line, but the defender’s progress is halted by an important tackle from Anthony Grant, putting the ball out for a corner.
Hanson beats Alnwick to Morais’ teasing delivery from the byline but the striker’s glancing header across goal and out for a goal-kick.
: Hanson’s centre across the box is just out of reach of Billy Clarke by the far post. Marshall rescues the situation inside the box, driving onto his left foot before seeing his angled drive deflect past Alnwick’s goal for a corner.
46min: Vale restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Port Vale 0
45+1min: Alnwick is able to watch Billy Clarke’s shot on the turn from the edge of the box sail wide of his goal.
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
43min: Great defending from Streete prevents Hanson from sliding in just a couple of yards out! McMahon sends in an inviting low centre across the six yard box but Streete is in a good position to put behind for a corner and deny Hanson behind him an almost certain goal.
41min: Knight-Percival heads a yard or so over the bar following Morais’ free-kick from wide into the area.
38min: De Freitas’ free-kick from roughly 25 yards out takes a deflection off the head of Daniel Devine before bouncing narrowly wide of Doyle’s far post for a corner. Vale defender Nathan Smith heads comfortably wide from the resulting set-piece.
31min: Filipe Morais’ shot from distance sails not too far over Alnwick’s bar.
30min: Off the line from Ben Purkiss! Marshall crosses back into the box following a half-cleared City corner, Nathaniel Knight-Percival fires low for goal but his effort is kicked off the line by the alert Vale defender!
27min: Sam Foley connects with a sweet volley from the edge of the box but his effort is comfortably held by Doyle.
26min: Hanson finds the ball at his feet from Marshall’s low into the box. Hanson looks to get a shot in from close range but the ball is robbed from his possession at the last second.
25min: Law plays a one-two with Billy Clarke to get into space inside the box. The midfielder has Clarke in the middle looking for a return pass but his eventual shot-come-cross fails to find his team-mate as the ball goes past Alnwick’s far post and out for a goal-kick.
24min: Tavares wins possession in the halfway into City territory but his hopeful effort from distance is held at the second attempt by Colin Doyle.
21min: Tony McMahon’s corner delivery drops into the path of Romain Vincelot just outside the box but the Frenchman dipping effort on the half volley goes over.
17min: Anthony De Freitas’ wide free-kick into the box comes out to Paulo Tavares but the midfielder scuffs his shot from wide a decent position in the area.
15min: James Meredith plays the ball across to Nicky Law but the midfielder’s curling effort from roughly twenty yards out goes narrowly wide of Alnwick’s far post.
12min: Billy Clarke hits the bar! Mark Marshall’s in-swinging cross eventually drops at the feet of the striker. His side-footed effort on the bounce from inside the box looks to be dropping into the far corner until Alnwick reaches up tip the ball onto the bar.
4min: James Hanson flicks on Colin Doyle’s big kick forward, with the striker’s header landing in the path of fellow forward Billy Clarke. The Irishman goes to lob Jak Alnwick with a first time effort but his shot from just outside the box sails comfortably over the bar.
0min: The Bantams kick off the new season. They will attack towards a very noisy Kop stand in the first half.


Doyle, McMahon, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Marshall, Law, Devine, Morais, B Clarke, Hanson

Subs: Sattelmaier, Hiwula, Anderson, Webb-Foster, Kilgallon, Boateng

Bradford City substitutions:
Hiwula for B Clarke (69), Anderson for Morais (69)


Alnwick, Purkiss, Streete, Smith, Knops, Grant, Thomas, Tavares, Foley, De Freitas, Cicilia

Subs: Boot, Mac-Intosch, Hooper, Forrester, Mbamba, Pereira, Amoros

Port Vale substitutions:
Mbamba for De Freitas (57), Forrester for Cicilia (69), Pereira for Thomas (76)

Port Vale cautions:
Tavares (59), Grant (90+4)

Referee: D Deadman 
Assistant Referee: J Bell
Assistant Referee: A Moore
Fourth Official: S Copeland

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