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18 November 2017

Club News


18 November 2017

Saturday 18 November 2017
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic 1 (Dunkley 24)
Bradford City 2 (Wyke 14, Robinson 90+2)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the DW Stadium

Attendance: 10,669 (2,749 visitors)

A superb injury time strike from substitute Tyrell Robinson secured Stuart McCall's brilliant Bantams a fantastic victory away at title favourites Wigan Athletic.

With the scores level going into the second of five minutes of over time, Robinson burst clear into the Wigan box before unleashing a fierce drive that whistled past Latics 'keeper Jamie Jones and into the roof of the net.

The match-winner came in front of a jubilant away end at the DW Stadium with nearly 2,750 City fans sent into raptures by Robinson's eye-catching goal - his first in senior football.

Against a side tipped by the bookies to end the season as League One champions, City gave as good as they got during an exciting and action-packed encounter.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival had already gone close for City early on before Charlie Wyke gave McCall's men the lead in the fourteenth-minute.

After Luke Hendrie had kept the ball alive in the box following a saved shot from Jake Reeves, Wyke was on hand to scramble home from close range for his eighth goal of the season.

Wigan responded brightly after Wyke's opener, with Matthew Kilgallon required to head clear from right in front of goal following a Sam Morsy curler.

The Latics levelled things up midway through the first period when Chey Dunkley headed in from a Max Power corner.

In keeping with the nature of this enthralling encounter though, City fought back themselves to go close soon after.

An unmarked Wyke sent a thumping header against the bar following Alex Gilliead's cross into the box.

As you would expect from a home side, Wigan pushed and probed for a way through City defences after the interval, but the Bantams stood strong while also looking a threat on the break.

McCall's side actually arguably had the best opening during the second period before Robinson's late winner.

Paul Taylor saw a goal-bound shot somehow blocked by Dan Burn when the City striker looked set to smash home a loose ball inside the area.

After that, the Bantams seemed set to secure a deserved share of the spoils as the game moved into injury time, until City dramatically turned one point into three through Robinson's stunner.

FT: Wigan Athletic 1 Bradford City 2
90+5min: SUB -
Although Toney appears far from fully fit, Wigan decided to introduce Grigg for Jacobs.
Toney is limping and appears set to be replaced by Grigg. The striker continues for the time being though.
90+2min: GOAL!!!!!!!! Wigan Athletic 1 Bradford City 2 - Robinson fires City into the lead in injury time! A Wyke header sets Robinson free into space deep inside Wigan's half of the pitch and the winger strides forward into the box before thumping in a fierce drive into the roof of the net!
There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
Complete with head bandage, Vincelot is back on his feet and play can continue.
Vincelot needs some treatment after challenging for a cross into the Wigan box from Reeves. He appears to have taken a blow to his head.
85min: SUB -
The Bantams bring on Tyrell Robinson for Taylor.
Wigan break forward with purpose as they regain possession in City's half but the danger ends when Perkins curls an effort at Doyle from just outside the box.
Play resumes as Elder is able to continue.
Callum Elder needs a spot of treatment after coming off worst following a 50-50 tackle with McMahon a few yards outside Wigan's penalty area.
77min: YELLOW CARD -
Burn is booked for a late tackle from behind on Wyke just inside City's half of the pitch.
Toney turns away from Vincelot and Law just outside the box but his rising drive sails over.
Jacobs whistles a shot not too far past the post with an effort from distance.
Great goal-saving block denies Taylor! As City keep the pressure on from a corner, Kilgallon crosses back into the box. Jones gets a hand on it, but Knight-Percival is still able to get a shot in. The effort deflects out to Taylor who is in clear space inside the box. Taylor looks set to smash home as he strides onto the ball, but the effort is somehow deflected past the post off Burn.
Reeves fires over with a rising strike from just outside the box.
Jacobs' curling cross into the box is headed goalwards by a rising Perkins but the effort is held by Doyle.
Dunkley slices an attempted back-pass towards his own goal and Jones has to race out of his area to prevent Paul Taylor getting onto the ball in a dangerous position.
54min: SUB -
Wigan bring on David Perkins for Massey.
Knight-Percival needs to receive some treatment for a whack to his head after City defend a Wigan corner. The centre half is eventually back on his feet and able to continue once again.
Massey's threatening ball into the middle is narrowly missed by Toney before McMahon clears behind for a corner ahead of a lurking Roberts.
Wyke finds Law in space down the right hand channel inside the box. Law clips a delivery into the six yard box but Dan Burn gets his chest on the cross and ball bounces through into the grateful grasp of Jones.
The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Wigan Athletic 1 Bradford City 1
There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first period.
With team-mates in the middle looking for a cross, McMahon elects instead to shoot for goal and his rising effort from just outside the box sails comfortably over.
McMahon's low ball into the box finds Law is space. The midfielder fires the ball low across goal from an angle and Jones has to parry away the cross-come-shot.
The ball breaks out to Gilliead just outside the box but the winger's fires comfortably over with a first time strike.
Jacobs lets rip with a fierce drive from distance that Doyle manages to repel. The ball bounces loose in the six yard box following Doyle's save but Knight-Percival is alert enough to kick clear.
City hit the crossbar! Alex Gilliead's cross into the box finds Wyke unmarked in the middle and the striker's header thunders against the woodwork!
28min: SUB -
Wigan now replace Powell with Gary Roberts.
Wigan are currently down to ten men as Powell makes his way off the pitch, presumably due to an injury.
24min: GOAL - Wigan Athletic 1 Bradford City 1 - The Latics level from the resulting corner, Dunkley finding the net from Power's delivery with a header that rolled over the line despite Doyle getting a hand onto it.
Morsy's cross into the box from a short corner routine for the hosts is headed out as far as Massey around the edge of the box. Massey shoots for goal on the half volley and his deflected effort trickles inches past the post for another home corner.
Wigan spring forward quickly on the attack, with Massey's low cross into the box eventually landing at the feet of Sam Morsy. The Latics skipper curls for goal from just inside the area but the shot is headed clear from right in front of the line by Matthew Kilgallon.
Nick Powell's header from Max Power's cross into the middle is held by Doyle.
14min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wigan Athletic 0 Bradford City 1 - Wyke gives City the lead! Reeves' deflected shot from just outside the box is parried away by Jamie Jones. Luke Hendrie keeps the danger alive, however, by firing the loose ball across goal. Chey Dunkley is on hand to clear in the middle but Wyke is still able to scramble the ball home from close range!
Gavin Massey's low cross into the box finds Ivan Toney in the middle but his connection isn't clean and his shot trickles comfortably wide of Colin Doyle's far post.
Chance for City again, this time through Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Tony McMahon's corner is headed down into the mix by Romain Vincelot. Knight-Percival is lurking inside the six yard box but the defender can only volley over from close range.
Chance for Charlie Wyke in the middle. Jake Reeves' low centre into the middle finds Wyke but the striker mishits his shot from a decent position inside the box and ball rolls away.
Sam Morsy's clipped cross into the box is headed out by Romain Vincelot. Nick Powell is first onto the ball just outside the area but his goal-bound shot is blocked from inside the box by Matthew Kilgallon.
Wigan kick off the match.

Jones, Byrne, Burn, Dunkley, Elder, Morsy, Power, Jacobs, Powell, Massey, Toney

Subs: Sarkic, Perkins, Evans, Grigg, Bruce, Roberts, Colclough

Wigan Athletic substitutions:
Roberts for Powell (28), Perkins for Massey (54), Grigg for Jacobs (90+5)

Wigan Athletic cautions:
Burn (77)

Doyle, McMahon, Kilgallon, Knight-Percival, Hendrie, Vincelot, Reeves, Law, Gilliead, Taylor, Wyke

Subs: Sattelmaier, Thompson, Poleon, McCartan, Jones, Patrick, Robinson

Bradford City substitutions:
Robinson for Taylor (85)

Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referee: Graeme Fyvie
Assistant Referee: Joe Clark
Fourth Official: Natalie Aspinall

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