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30 January 2016

Club News


30 January 2016

at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Fleetwood Town 1 (Matt 59)
Bradford City 2 (Hanson 67, Davies 90+3) 
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 30 January 2016

Attendance: 17,554 (130 visitors)

The Bantams secured a morale-boosting home victory over Fleetwood Town thanks a dramatic injury time winner from City substitute Steven Davies.

Davies netted his first goal in City colours when he swooped to fire home from close range after debutant Wes Thomas' 93rd minute strike had deflected off Fleetwood 'keeper Chris Maxwell and up onto the crossbar.

The goal sparked joyous scenes around the Coral Windows Stadium, and it came shortly after the recalled Billy Knott had been denied by a fine save from Maxwell at point blank range following the 'keeper's spill from a Tony McMahon's free-kick.

In low-key opening period, genuine scoring chances were hard to come by for both sides but City did see a goal disallowed just before the break from a Morris corner.

Fleetwood's Jamille Matt gave the visitors the lead just before the hour mark when his glancing header beat Ben Williams and found the bottom corner following Jimmy Ryan's ball from deep into the box.

City equalised just eight minutes later, however, when Knott's searching cross found James Hanson unmarked and he headed past a rooted Maxwell from close range.

Hanson's seventh goal of the season looked set to ensure the game would finish honours even until the late drama in injury time brought City the three points.
FT: Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 1
90+5min: With Maxwell up for a late Fleetwood corner, City clear their lines and Reid brings the ball out of defence. The goal is completely vacant and Thomas is screaming for a pass but Reid elects to plays out time and win a throw-in deep in Fleetwood half.
90+3min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 1 - The Bantams have took the lead deep in injury time through Davies! Hanson's flick-on finds Thomas through on goal but his effort deflects up off Maxwell and onto the crossbar. Thankfully Davies is on hand to tap home into an unguarded net, however, to spark joyous scenes around the ground!
90+1min: What a chance for City spurned! McMahon's free-kick from outside the box is spilled by Maxwell but Knott is somehow denied from barely yards out as he tried to smash home the rebound from close range. His effort is blocked by Maxwell before the ball bounces back off the City player and out for a goal-kick.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at end of the match.
90min: SUB - Fleetwood bring on Victor Nirennold for Kiwomya.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Steven Davies for Marshall.
86min: Grant fires in a drive from outside the area that takes a deflection on its way through to Williams.
84min: YELLOW CARD - Hanson is booked for fouling Nathan Pond as the ball comes into the box for a City corner.
79min: Positioned on the right flank, Grant turns in-field onto his favoured left foot before firing in an angled drive from outside the box that Williams holds at his near post.
76min: SUB - Fleetwood bring on Bobby Grant for Henen.
76min: McMahon fires over the bar with a drive from distance.
74min: Ryan's ball in behind finds the run of Henen but the striker's low drive from an angle inside the area lacks the necessary pace to trouble Williams and the striker gathers up at the second attempt.
67min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Fleetwood Town 1 - The Bantams are level! Knott's curling cross into the box finds Hanson unmarked and the striker plants a header past a rooted Maxwell!
66min: Sarcevic sends in a low drive from outside the area that lacks the power to trouble Williams.
61min: Hanson heads on McMahon's corner delivery into the box but Maxwell is on hand to punch away right in front of his own goal with Knott lurking just in front of him. 
59min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Fleetwood Town 1 - Matt heads the visitors into the lead just before the hour mark. Ryan's ball into the box from a Fleetwood free-kick from deep is glanced on by Matt and the striker's header beats the dive of Williams before finding the bottom corner.
57min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Kyel Reid for Morris.
49min: Matt heads narrowly over the bar following Jimmy Ryan's free-kick delivery from wide into the box.
46min: YELLOW CARD - Eggert Jonsson is booked for bringing down Knott with a late tackle.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT SUB: The Bantams bring on debutant Wes Thomas for Routis.
HT: Bradford City 0 Fleetwood Town 0
45+1min: Conor McLaughlin's hanging cross into the box is headed goalwards by Matt but the effort is straight at Williams.
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
41min: GOAL.....NO! City have the ball in the net from the following corner delivery by Josh Morris but referee Mr Kevin Wright spots a foul against the Bantams just as the ball drops in under the crossbar.
40min: Tony McMahon finds Knott in a pocket of space outside the box. He turns on the ball and fires for goal with a fierce drive, forcing Maxwell to tip the ball behind.
31min: Picking up the ball in space inside Fleetwood's half, Billy Knott turns and runs towards the visitors' box. Knott eventually fires in a low drive from outside the box that deflects off Joe Davis and up into the arms of Chris Maxwell.
29min: YELLOW CARD - Matt is booked for catching McArdle in the face with his hand as the ball challenged for an aerial ball just inside City's half.
26min: Evading the challenge of Christopher Routis, Kiwomya bursts down Fleetwood's right wing before cutting in-field and heading towards the box. Now inside the area, Kiwomya shots for goal on his weaker left foot but the effort trickles harmlessly wide of the far post.
20min: Sarcevic plays a one-two with Matt just inside the box before shooting for goal. For the second time in less than a minute, however, McArdle is on hand to throw himself at the ball and make the block.
19min: Jamille Matt's cushioned header in the box finds Kiwomya lurking on the edge of the area but his goal-bound effort is blocked thanks to a well-timed tackle from Rory McArdle.
17min: Antoni Sarcevic picks up the ball in midfield before driving forward into space and firing in a low drive from just outside the box that flashes wide of Williams' far post.
15min: YELLOW CARD - Meredith is booked for pulling back Kiwomya as the Fleetwood man looked to burst into space down the right flank.
14min: David Henen's low cross from the byline finds Kiwomya in the box but his first-time effort for goal is bravely blocked via a diving tackle from James Meredith.
8min: The ball drops into the path of Alex Kiwomya just outside the box but the attacker's low drive on the half-volley rolls harmlessly wide of Ben Williams' goal.
0min: Fleetwood kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.

Williams, Darby, McArdle, N Clarke, Meredith, Marshall, McMahon, Routis, Morris, Knott, Hanson

Subs: Cracknell, Liddle, Leigh, Reid, Davies, Webb-Foster, Thomas

Bradford City substitutions:
Thomas for Routis (46), Reid for Morris (57), Davies for Marshall (89)

Bradford City cautions:
Meredith (15), Hanson (84)

Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Davis, Bell, Jonsson, Ryan, Sarcevic, Kiwomya, Henen, Matt

Subs: Gogic, Hornby-Forbes, Grant, Nirennold, Deacon, Hunter, Haughton

Fleetwood Town substitutions:
Grant for Henen (76), Nirennold for Kiwomya (90)

Fleetwood Town cautions:
Matt (29), Jonsson (46)

Referee: K Wright
Assistant Referee: I Dudley
Assistant Referee: A Hendley
Fourth Official: D Bourne

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