Bradford City 1 v 1 Dagenham & Redbridge (NPower League 2)
Phil Parkinson made six changes from the side that lost at Wembley in the Capital One Cup Final. There were recalls for Nelson, Davies, Reid, Hines and Gray whilst Jon McLaughlin replaced the suspended Matt Duke in goal.
Before the game the evening appeared to have a party atmosphere, as the supporters were cheering and waving their Wembley flags and scarfs. Dagenham even joined in forming a guard of honour for the hosts as they entered the pitch, in recognition of their run to the League Cup final.
The game started brightly for Bradford, with Kyel Reid and Zavon Hines causing the visitors problems down the flanks, in what was a fairly even first half.
Bradford nearly took the led, when Michael Nelson lobbed a half-cleared free-kick back into the Dagenham box but Rory McArdle could not keep his effort down. Dagenham fought back and Medy Elito ended a neat run with a powerful shot that Jon McLaughlin did well to tip onto the woodwork.
The second half started cagey, with both teams trying to win the midfield battle and take control of the game. However, three minutes into the second period, the visitors were awarded a spot-kick when Kyel Reid clipped the heels of Dagenham’s Luke Wilkinson.
Following a lengthy discussion between Sam Williams and Medy Elito over who should take the penalty, the former Aston Villa and Yeovil man, Williams, sent his effort wide of the post.
Dagenham were not to be denied for long though and went ahead on sixty nine minutes, when Ben Strevens showed lovely feet to flick the ball to Luke Howell who sent a low shot beyond McLaughlin in the Bradford goal.
Parkinson brought on Nahki Wells, James Hanson and Alan Connell in the final twenty minutes and with time running out, Hanson grabbed the equaliser. A low cross from Zavon Hines’s took a couple of deflections and fell to Hanson who could barely miss from a yard out.
Bradford then poured forward in search of a winner, but a last-minute shot from Nahki Wells cleared off the line by Dagenham’s Adu Ogogo. Parkinson’s side are now ten points off a play-off place, with three games in hand on seventh-placed Cheltenham Town.
Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Nelson, Davies, Doyle, G Jones, Reid, Hines, Thompson, Gray, (Subs) Bentley, Ravenhill, Hanson, Atkinson, Connell, McHugh, Wells
Dagenham & Redbridge – Lewington, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Doe, Williams, Strevens, Elito, Saunders, Howell, Hoyte, Ogogo (Subs) Seabright, Green, Reed, Maher, Bingham, Dennis, Gracco
Goals – (Bradford City) Hanson (86), (Dagenham & Redbridge) Howell (69)
Attendance – 10,006