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3 February 2024

Match Reports


3 February 2024

Graham Alexander's Bantams were held to a 0-0 draw by AFC Wimbledon at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The hosts had the better of the chances within the 90 minutes, and much of the play, but were unable to break the deadlock, as both sides came away with a point.

In the opening minutes, City came close to opening the scoring from an early corner swung in by Harry Chapman. The ball fell to Ciarán Kelly in the area who saw his left-foot volley blocked away, but the hosts continued to pressure. Lewis Richards' cross was met by Jonathan Tomkinson who saw his effort just go wide, as the Bantams looked to open the scoring early.

The hosts continued to get the better of the visiting side, creating chances going forward. Alex Gilliead had a decent left-footed, long-range effort saved by Alex Bass between the Wombles' sticks.

The Bantams pressured and had momentum on their side, and in a similar position, Chapman almost scored a free-kick akin to his winning goal in Tuesday's Bristol Street Motors Trophy victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Jake Young was brought down just outside the area, and City’s No.20 stepped up but saw his effort curl wide.

City continued to knock at the door and created another good chance through some intricate play down the left-hand side from Richards and Chapman. The ball made its way to the latter who crossed into a dangerous area where it was met by Richie Smallwood, who saw his shot on target saved to keep the two sides level going into the half-time break.

Into the second half, another long-range Gilliead effort troubled the away side once again. Gilliead found spaced, turned his man and saw his shot whistle narrowly past the post as the Bantams came out of the interval continuing to look for an opener.

Entering the final 20 minutes, City were still attacking the Dons in search of an opening goal, and almost got that after some quick feet from their new No.8, Calum Kavanagh.

A few stepovers and the pace the Irishman demonstrated were enough to get past his man. He then whipped a menacing ball into the box but it was cleared away with Bobby Pointon lurking, as City pushed for a winner.

Alexander's men however proved unable to break down Wimbledon’s defence, taking a point in a 0-0 draw.

CITY: Sam Walker, Brad Halliday, Matty Platt (Tyler Smith 78’), Richie Smallwood (C) (Calum Kavanagh 61’), Alex Gilliead, Ciarán Kelly, Harry Chapman (Bobby Pointon 45’), Kevin McDonald, Jake Young (Andy Cook 61’), Jonathan Tomkinson, Lewis Richards. Unused subs: Colin Doyle, Liam Ridehalgh, Sam Stubbs.

WIMBLEDON: Alex Bass, Lee Brown, Kofi Balmer, James Tiley (Ronan Curtis 66’), Josh Kelly (Josh Davison 78’), Armarni Little (C), James Ball, Omar Bugiel, Jack Currie, Isaac Ogundere, John-Kymani Gordon (Ryan Gordon 79’). Unused subs: Nikola Tzanev, Harry Pell, Alex Pearce, John-Joe O’Toole.

ATTENDANCE: 16,790 (387 away supporters). 

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