Saturday 2 December 2017
Emirates FA Cup second round
Bradford City 3 (Vincelot 39, Knight-Percival 50, Wyke 64)
Plymouth Argyle 1 (Carey 63)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Northern Commercials Stadium
Attendance: 4,957 (298 visitors)
The Bantams booked their place in the third round of this season's Emirates FA Cup after victory in an entertaining tie with Plymouth Argyle.
Goals from Romain Vincelot, Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Charlie Wyke secured a 3-1 win and cup progression for Stuart McCall's men.
Vincelot opened the scoring for City six minutes before the break when he rose highest to power home a header from Tony McMahon's right-wing cross.
The skipper's opener had come after a brilliant double save from Plymouth 'keeper Luke McCormick earlier in the half denied both Alex Gilliead and Wyke.
Plymouth had enjoyed their own openings in the first period, with the vast majority of them falling to Jake Jervis, but City doubled their lead shortly after the break.
Vincelot volleyed back into mix as Plymouth tried to clear a McMahon corner and the ball deflected off Knight-Percival and into the corner of the goal.
The Pilgrims got a goal back just past the hour mark via their own deflected goal, Graham Carey's angled drive from inside the box taking a touch off McMahon as it flew past Rouven Sattelmaier and into the far corner.
The Bantams responded less than a minute later, however, when Wyke tapped home from barely a yard out after McCormick had let a Gilliead cross squirm through his grasp.
With nothing to lose, Plymouth pushed more men forward in the latter stages but it was City who enjoyed the better openings towards the end of the game.
Tyrell Robinson, who started the game at left back, saw a shot saved by McCormick after he'd burst clear, while substitute Dominic Poleon was repelled from close range minutes later.
FT: Bradford City 3 Plymouth Argyle 1
90+4min: Gilliead's deflected drive from just outside the box is eventually gathered up by a scrambling McCormick.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: As City break forward, Law sends a looping half-volley narrowly past the post from the edge of the box.
85min: Poleon denied! Wyke's shot for goal following Law's pull-back is repelled by McCormick. Poleon looks to tap in the rebound from close range but the effort is somehow blocked by the out-stretched boot of Jervis!
82min: Carey's drive from outside the box is pushed away by Sattelmaier. Soon after, the ball comes back into the box via a throw-in but Ryan Taylor's flick for goal is straight at Sattelmaier.
80min: SUB - Plymouth bring on Antoni Sarcevic for Grant.
78min: SUB - Plymouth bring on Lionel Ainsworth for Gary Sawyer.
78min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Dominic Poleon for Taylor.
78min: Hendrie fires over with a first time shot from just outside the box.
76min: Taylor plays Robinson into space in behind Plymouth's defences but the young speedster's drive for goal is turned behind by McCormick.
74min: Diagouraga fires over with a strike from the edge of the box.
73min: Diagouraga prods wide of the near post following a Carey corner delivery.
72min: Grant sees a shot from the edge of the box deflect behind for a corner.
69min: McMahon curls over with a free-kick from outside the box.
67min: Ryan Edwards' downward header from a Carey cross is straight at Sattelmaier.
66min: SUB - Plymouth bring on Ryan Taylor for Songo'o.
65min: SUB - The Bantams replace Reeves with Luke Hendrie.
64min: GOAL!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Plymouth Argyle 1 - The Bantams respond almost straight away! Gilliead's low cross into the six yard box squirms out of the grasp of McCormick and Wyke is on hand behind him for a simple tap-in barely a yard or so out!
63min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Plymouth Argyle 1 - The Pilgrims have a goal back through a deflected Carey shot. Jervis plays the ball into his team-mate into space inside the box and the Plymouth playmaker's angled drive deflects into the far corner off McMahon.
58min: Taylor goes for goal from a free-kick outside the area but the shot is wayward.
56min: The ball drops to Songo'o inside the area from a Plymouth corner but the midfielder's header goes over.
50min: GOAL!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Plymouth Argyle 0 - City double their lead at the start of the second half! McMahon's corner delivery is headed up by Yann Songo'o, Vincelot volleys back into the mix and the ball deflects off Knight-Percival and into the corner of the goal!
46min: Plymouth restart the tie.
HT: Bradford City 1 Plymouth Argyle 0
45+1min: Jervis can only deflect the ball wide from close range following Grant's fizzing centre across the six yard box.
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first period.
43min: Robinson's low drive from outside the box is held by McCormick.
39min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Plymouth Argyle 0 - The Bantams take the lead when Romain Vincelot thumps a header into the corner from a McMahon cross into the box.
34min: Good chance for Plymouth! McMahon's attempted header back to Sattelmaier from McCormick's big kick forward is intercepted by Jervis. The Plymouth striker looks to loft the ball over Sattelmaier with a first time header from just inside the box but the looping effort drops wide of the post.
30min: Jervis' well-struck drive from just inside the box is saved neatly via a bright stop from Sattelmaier down low to his left.
25min: Jervis fires over with a strike on the turn after being found in the box by Joel Grant's pass from the left.
22min: A superb double save from McCormick denies City twice in quick succession! McCormick's first bright save comes when he adjusts his hands to keep out a deflected drive from the edge of the box by Alex Gilliead. Wyke looks set to prod home the rebound from close range but McCormick somehow keeps that effort out as well with another reflex save!
13min: GOAL!......NO! City have the ball in the net via Charlie Wyke but the goal is chalked off for offside. Nicky Law is deemed to be in an offside position when he plays a Tyrell Robinson cross into the path of Wyke to give the striker a simple close range finish.
7min: Paul Taylor plays a one-two with Jake Reeves before dragging a shot wide from just outside the box.
6min: Graham Carey's deep cross goes over the head of Rouven Sattelmaier, with a stretching Jake Jervis behind only able to slid the ball wide while on the stretch.
5min: Tony McMahon's free-kick delivery into the area from wide is headed down into the six yard box by Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Matthew Kilgallon is lurking but Plymouth Argyle 'keeper Luke McCormick is able to cling on narrowly ahead of the central defender.
0min: The Bantams kick off the tie. They will attack towards the T L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Sattelmaier, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Robinson, Gilliead, Vincelot, Reeves, Law, Taylor, Wyke
Subs: Raeder, Thompson, Poleon, McCartan, Hendrie, Gibson, Patrick
Bradford City substitutions:
Hendrie for Reeves (65), Poleon for Taylor (78)
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE LINE UP:
McCormick, Sawyer, Songo'o, Edwards, Carey, Jervis, Bradley, Grant, Taylor-Sinclair, Fox, Diagouraga
Subs: Childs, Miller, Sarcevic, Ainsworth, Ciftci, Threlkeld, Taylor
Plymouth Argyle substitutions:
Taylor for Songo'o (66), Ainsworth for Sawyer (78), Sarcevic for Grant (80)
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referee: Alix Pashley
Assistant Referee: Matthew Parry
Fourth Official: James Bell