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13 February 2018

The Bantams make the journey south to Charlton Athletic this Tuesday (13 February 2018) for new boss Simon Grayson's first game in charge.

Grayson and his assistant manager Glynn Snodin took training at Apperley Bridge for the first time on Monday following confirmation of their appointment early Sunday afternoon.

Given the quick turnaround between Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Bury and this Charlton fixture, both Kenny Black and Greg Abbott are expected to travel along with Grayson and Snodin to help oversee Tuesday's match at The Valley.

City will be hoping that the boost of Grayson's arrival will help get them back to winning ways after going agonisingly close to victory over Bury at the weekend.

Opponents Charlton are two points and one place behind the Bantams in the current Sky Bet League One table, meaning this Tuesday evening's game is an important one for both sides.

Team News

Charlton Athletic
Addicks defender Jason Pearce could be back in contention after making a return from a knee injury in Charlton U23s' Premier League Cup match with Stoke City on Monday.

Pearce, who has missed the last few months as a result of the injury, could possibly be named on the bench following his recent match action.

Lewis Page and Nicky Ajose are also back fit for Charlton.

Former Bantams attacker Mark Marshall is expected to make his first appearance against City since leaving the club last summer.

Fellow winger Stephy Mavididi is out with a hamstring injury, however.

Although Marshall is likely to feature against City on Tuesday, another ex-Bradford player - Billy Clarke - is sidelined for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury.

Bradford City
Matthew Kilgallon is suspended for Tuesday's trip to Charlton after picking up a red card against Bury at the weekend.

Jake Reeves is still sidelined with an on-going groin problem, while Omari Patrick (knee) and Alex Jones (ankle) continue to make progress from their own injury issues.

Nicky Law (illness) and Matthew Lund (ankle) could come back into the reckoning.

After featuring for Charlton in the same fixture last season, Adam Chicksen could feature for City against one of his former clubs.

Previously at The Valley

Tuesday 14 March 2017
Sky Bet League One
Charlton Athletic 1 (Teixeira 35)
Bradford City 1 (Dieng 42)

Rudd, Jackson, Bauer, Teixeira, Page (Da Silva 71), Holmes (Forster-Caskey 90+1), Crofts (Konsa 72), Ulvestad, Chicksen, Novak, Watt

Subs not used: Phillips, Botaka, Ahearne-Grant, Hanlan

Doyle, Meredith, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, McMahon, McArdle, Cullen, Marshall, Dieng, Wyke, Clarke (Hiwula 74)

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Darby, Toner, Devine, Penney, Hudson

Earlier this season

Saturday 21 October 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 0
Charlton Athletic 1 (Forster-Caskey 72)

Doyle, Hendrie, Kilgallon, Knight-Percival, Field (Hanson 71), Reeves, Dieng (Robinson 81), Gilliead, Law, Patrick (McCartan 87), Wyke

Subs not used: Raeder, Thompson, Jones, Devine

Amos, Solly, Konsa, Bauer, Sarr, Kashi, Forster-Caskey, Holmes (Jackson 90+3), Clarke (Reeves 87), Fosu (Da Silva 86), Magennis

Subs not used: Phillips, Aribo, Ahearne-Grant, Dodoo

City supporters will be able to pay on the day at Charlton this Tuesday evening.

Match-day ticket prices are:

Adults - £23.00
Seniors (65 and over) - £19.00
Under 21s - £16.00
Students - £10.00
Under 18s - £10.00
Under 11s - £5.00

Disabled supporters will be asked to pay the following prices:

Adults - £20.00
Seniors (65 and over) - £17.00
Under 21s - £14.00
Students - £10.00
Under 18s - £10.00
Under 11s - £5.00

Free carers' tickets will be available if the disabled fan is in receipt of DLA or PIP at the mid or enhanced rates.

Click HERE for the 'Away Fans' Guide' to The Valley.

Click HERE for new manager Simon Grayson's first words as City boss.

Kit Colours
The Bantams will wear their White/Claret/White combination (as shown below) at The Valley this Tuesday evening.

Match Officials:
Referee Nicholas Kinseley (pictured below) will be in charge for Tuesday's game at Charlton. He has officiated twenty-two matches already this season, mainly in Sky Bet League One and League Two. Mr Kinseley last took charge of a City match back in February 2016 when the Bantams travelled to Burton Albion. The two assistant referees for Tuesday's fixture will be Leigh Crowhurst and Thomas Ramsey. The fourth official at The Valley is scheduled to be Gavin Ward.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success away to Charlton Athletic with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 5/2 to defeat Charlton at The Valley.

The Bantams are also priced at 9/1 to beat Charlton by a 1-0 scoreline.

Charlie Wyke is available at 9/2 to opening the scoring, while Paul Taylor can be backed at 9/4 to score at anytime during the game.

Fans can place their bets now with Sky Bet by clicking HERE.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

For those unable to get to The Valley on Tuesday night, City supporters can follow live updates from the Charlton Athletic game via the club's official website, plus Facebook and Twitter pages.      

City's Facebook and Twitter pages will include game updates on match-day, while the 'Match Centre' on the official website will give supporters all the stats, news and in-game action.     

Full audio match commentary of the Charlton match can be found via iFollow Bantams. Keep up to date with BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Steere for match action and reaction from the game.

Subscribers of iFollow Bantams will now actually be able to hear post-match interviews from the management and the players directly after the game via the extended audio match-day service.

New for this season, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

Video post-match interviews from the management and players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, are also available via iFollow.

On top of all that, iFollow subscribers can get interviews, action, previous encounters and highlights as well in the build up to Tuesday's match.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Charlton game.
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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Match Reports


13 February 2018

Match Report:

Charlton Athletic 1 (Magennis 24)

Bradford City 1 (Robinson 80)

Tuesday 13th February 2018 | Sky Bet League One | The Valley

The Bantams came from behind to collect a hard-fought at Charlton Athletic in Simon Grayson's first game in charge. The hosts had the better of the first hald and after Mark Marshall was denied by a fantastic Colin Doyle, the former Bantams winger set-up Josh Magennis to head home the opener midway through the first half. City were much improved after the break and scored a deserved leveller late on, with substitute Tyrell Robinson connecting with Charlie Wyke's cross to thunder a header past Ben Amos.

Charlton were definitely the quickest out of the traps and were denied a lead in the opening handful of minutes by a tremendous Colin Doyle save; the Irish stopper at full stretch to stop Mark Marshall's curling effort from finding the bottom corner.

City weren't at their best going forward in the first half and only looked a relative threat through Timothee Dieng who went close after latching onto Tony McMahon deliveries into the box. Though, the French midfielder was replaced at the interval by Paul Taylor who looked to add more spark to Simon Grayson's side and ask more of a question of Karl Robinson's.

Tariqe Fosu and Sullay Kaikai were a nuisance for the Bantams in the first half and after Fosu saw a rising drive go over the bar after moving away from Romain Vincelot, Kaikai saw a low drive smartly kept out by the legs of Doyle who was having an impressive display between the sticks to keep the home side at bay.

Despite all of City's efforts to keep Charlton at bay, they did eventually take the lead roughly midway through the first half. Marshall opted to hang a cross to the far post rather than deliver one with venom, and it paid dividends as Josh Magennis rose the highest and with the most aggresion to plant a header into the bottom corner despite Doyle's best efforts to stop it going over the line.

Adam Chicksen was coming up against the club he left last summer before heading north to sign for the Bantams, and he had the last chance of the half. City sprung a counter attack and Callum Guy picked out the left-back, who was actually playing further forward in a left-midfield role, but he lashed a shot across goal and a couple of yards over the bar.

The Bantams were a far greater attacking threat in the second half and played with a lot more intent going forward, but despite this it was Charlton who were the first to go close in the second half. Cutting inside onto his right foot from the left-hand side, Fosu moved away from Tony McMahon before lashing a fierce shot over the bar.

Chicksen went close again to bringing City back onto level terms a few minutes later, but after connecting with Alex Gilliead's cross, he saw a truly struck volley saved by the legs of Amos to keep his team in front. From McMahon's resulting corner, Paul Taylor then saw a close range shot blocked on the line by Jay Dasilva - a huge opportunity spurned.

You could sense that the tide was turning as City put Charlton on the back foot for significant spells in the second half and McMahon came inches away from a stunning equaliser. Stepping up to take a free-kick 25 yards from goal, his curling shot beat the wall and beat Amos, but crashed back off the bar.

Charlton weren't going to rest on their laurels and went in search of a second and what would probably be a decisive second goal. Fosu's deep free-kick was in danger of catching out Doyle but City's number one ensured he wouldn't be conceding a second goal by sensibly tipping the ball over the bar. Seconds later, Ahmed Kashi hammered a low shot a couple of yards wide of the target from the edge of the box.

With ten minutes left on the clock, City scored the equaliser they deserved. Roles reversed somewhat, Charlie Wyke delivered a cross from the right-hand side and there was substitute Tyrell Robinson to get in front of Chris Solly and plant a header past a helpless Ben Amos from close range.

Fosu spurned a glorious opportunity to put his side back in front seconds later before Wyke did the same a couple of minutes afterwards. Gilliead's low cross was aimed for Robinson at the far post and Solly made a vital interception, but the ball broke loose to the City forward who fired over the bar with a first time shot from 15 yards.

Both teams tried to win the game in the dying moments and probably's City's best player Ryan McGowan who had barely put a foot wrong all evening, couldn't get his shot on target, blazing a left-footed shot wildly over the bar after McMahon's delivery into the box wasn't dealt with effectively by Amos.

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