at The Den
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bradford City 1 (Webster OG 42)
Millwall 1 (Martin 49)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 3 September 2016
The Bantams picked up a very commendable point this Saturday after a committed display from Stuart McCall's men helped to register a 1-1 draw with fellow promotion hopefuls Millwall.
City lead at the break at The Den through an own goal by Millwall centre back Byron Webster but the hosts equalised early in the second period thanks a fine finish from Joe Martin just outside the box.
Nicky Law, who had earlier seen a goal disallowed following a tight offside call, nearly won it for the Bantams deep into injury time but Jordan Archer tipped his goal-bound effort onto the post.
Archer also had to be alert towards the start of the game when he pushed away a header from Law after only nine minutes.
Playing plenty of the neat and attractive football that is quickly becoming the norm under McCall, City started brightly in the first period.
Millwall came slightly more into the contest as the half wore on but it was still McCall's men who made the breakthrough three minutes before the break.
Running at Martin, Marshall fired in an angled drive from inside the area that was repelled by Archer. The ball bounced off the unfortunate Webster, however, and dropped over the line before the defender could clear.
There was still time in the half for Millwall to threaten but Colin Doyle produced a great save to tip over Shaun Williams' header on the stroke of half time.
Stephen Darby, making his first league start of the season, was required early into the second period to make a vital block from Greg Wylde's shot after City have failed to clear their lines from a Steve Morison cross.
Millwall were level shortly afterwards though, Williams' free-kick into the box was headed clear by Romain Vincelot but Martin was on hand to pick up the loose ball and drive home with a fine strike from just outside the area.
City tried to respond minutes later but Law was flagged offside as he finished neatly inside the box past Archer after being played in by Jordy Hiwula.
Following his important block at the start of the half, Darby went one better roughly ten minutes from the end.
Millwall substitute Fred Onyedinma beat Vincelot to a Morison flick on to leave him bearing down on goal. Onyedinma went to fire for goal but an alert Darby came round on the cover to make a crucial sliding block.
Millwall tried to push for a winner in the time remaining but it was actually City who came closest to winning all three points with the last attack of the game.
Mahlon Romeo caused all sorts of problems for his own defence when his looping attempted clearance up field from near his own corner flag actually end up dropping inside his own box.
Up from centre back, Vincelot was on hand to collect the ball and give it to Filipe Morais. The substitute fed Law, who turned into shooting space but his eventual effort on goal was tipped onto the far post by Archer.
FT: Millwall 1 Bradford City 1
90+4min: OFF THE POST! City come so close to snatching at the death! Romeo's attempted clearance by his own corner flag ends up looping up into Vincelot path in the box. Vincelot plays the ball to Morais, who feeds Law in space. Law turns into shooting space and curls an effort against the far post thanks to the finger-tips of Archer before a grateful Millwall 'keeper dives on the loose ball!
90+3min: Williams' floated free-kick into the box from the resulting set-piece is glanced on by Webster and Darby slices the ball over his own bar.
90+3min: YELLOW CARD - Billy Clarke is booked for kicking the ball away following the award of a Millwall free-kick half way into City territory.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: Play restarts now as Devine is able to continue.
88min: Play is stopped as Devine receives treatment following a whack to his face.
84min: A short corner between Law and Morais eventually sees the ball worked to Marshall just outside the area but his shot for goal flashes comfortably wide.
79min: Great defending from Darby denies Onyedinma! Morison's flick on sees Onyedinma get in behind Vincelot and in with a sight of goal but the Millwall attacker's shot inside the box is superbly blocked by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from an alert Darby.
75min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Filipe Morais for Hiwula.
74min: Marshall takes aim from just inside the box but his effort from an angle sails comfortably high and wide of Archer's goal.
73min: Worrall's inswinging cross finds Onyedinma but the substitute's downward header goes wide of Doyle's near post.
66min: YELLOW CARD - Romeo is booked for diving after trying to win a free-kick when knocking the ball past Devine just outside the area.
65min: SUB - Millwall bring on Fred Onyedinma for Wylde.
62min: YELLOW CARD - After letting play continue, referee Charles Breakspear books Craig during the next break in play after the defender barged over Marshall as the winger tried to join in a City counter-attack.
60min: Worrall's cross into the box is parried down into the box by Doyle. O'Brien tries to fire for goal with the loose ball but Doyle is able gather at the second attempt.
58min: Bright play from Law sees the midfielder tee up Billy Clarke for a scoring chance just outside the box but the Irishman's floated effort sails just wide of the top far corner of Archer's goal.
54min: A neat passing move from City eventually sees the ball end up in Millwall's net through a neat finish from Law but the City goalscorer is given offside, probably correctly, as he strikes.
49min: GOAL - Millwall 1 Bradford City 1 - Martin levels things up for the hosts. Williams' free-kick into the box is headed out by Vincelot but Martin picks up the loose ball and rifle a low drive past Doyle from just outside the area.
47min: A close shave for City at the start of the second half! Morison's cross into the box is deflected up into the air by Knight-Percival. Doyle tries to punch clear but the ball drop into the path of Wylde inside the area. The winger blasts for goal but Darby is in the right position by the near post to block the ball behind for a corner.
46min: Devine plays Marshall into a space over by the left hand side of Millwall's penalty area. Marshall runs at Martin before firing in a fierce drive that flashes a yard or so past Archer's near post.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Millwall 0 Bradford City 1
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: A great save from Doyle keeps City in the lead! Shaun Williams powers a header for goal following Worrall's hanging cross into the box but Doyle thrusts up a right hand to push the ball up onto the roof of his net.
45min: YELLOW CARD - Daniel Devine is booked for bringing down Mahlon Romeo as the Millwall right back looked to burst into City's half.
42min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Millwall 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams have the lead thanks to great play from Marshall! The Bantams winger runs at Martin before firing in a fierce angled drive from inside the box. Archer stretches to his right to push out the effort but the ball bounces back off the unfortunate Byron Webster and over the line before the defender can clear.
41min: Great play from Ben Thompson on Millwall's left wing sees the midfielder cross into the middle. Morison heads down into the six yard box but a combination of Vincelot and Timothee Dieng manage to eventually clear the danger.
35min: Morison plays Aiden O'Brien into space down the right side of City's penalty box but his cross into the middle is cleared by Meredith.
30min: Wylde has the ball at his feet just outside the box but he drags his low shot wide and the ball rolls out comfortably wide of Doyle's far post. Morison thinks for a second about trying to get on the end of the effort but the ball is past him before he can react.
29min: YELLOW CARD - Martin is booked for catching Marshall with a high foot as City winger narrowly beats the Millwall full back to a bouncing ball.
18min: Mark Marshall's cross towards the far post is headed down into the mix by Vincelot. Nathaniel Knight-Percival tries to turn on the ball and shoot for goal but Worrall is eventually able to kick clear.
14min: Gregg Wylde bursts past Romain Vincelot and into the area. His low cross drops into the path of Ben Thompson but the midfielder's effort for goal is stopped by a diving block from Meredith. The ball breaks out to David Worrall outside the area but his curling effort is held easily enough by Doyle.
12min: As the ball drops into his path roughly 30 yards from goal, Steve Morison tries to catch out Colin Doyle with a first-time half-volley but the City 'keeper gets back to comfortably cling onto the looping effort.
9min: James Meredith's cross into the box is headed away by Tony Craig but Nicky Law is lurking and connects with a header of his own as the ball comes to him. The header is goal-bound and Jordan Archer has to push the effort behind for a corner.
4min: Billy Clarke plays Jordy Hiwula into space down the left-hand channel inside the area before racing into the box himself to look for the return pass. Hiwula fires the ball invitingly across the six yard box and a watchful Joe Martin has to put behind for a corner by the far post.
0min: Millwall kick off the match.
MILLWALL LINE UP:
Archer, Romeo, Webster, Craig, Martin, Worrall, Williams, Thompson, Wylde, Morison, O'Brien
Subs: King, Nelson, Chesmain, Butcher, Onyedinma, Philpot, Smith
Onyedinma for Wylde (65)
Martin (29), Craig (62), Romeo (66)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, Darby, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Law, Devine, Dieng, Marshall, B Clarke, Hiwula
Subs: Sattelmaier, Morais, Webb-Foster, Kilgallon, Boateng, Hudson
Bradford City substitutions:
Morais for Hiwula (75)
Bradford City cautions:
Devine (45), B Clarke (90+3)
Referee: C Breakspear
Assistant Referee: M Derrien
Assistant Referee: G Russell
Fourth Official: N Hair