Bradford City v Coventry City

Bradford City 3 v 3 Coventry City (Skybet League One)

The Sky TV camera’s arrived at the Coral Windows Stadium this weekend to witness what proved to be an excellent advert for league one football.

Coventry City made a superb start to the game scoring after only two minutes, when Andy Webster slotted home a right foot shot from the centre of the penalty area following a Carl Baker free-kick.

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The visitors extended their lead five minutes later when Leon Clarke broke through the Bradford defence before sliding the ball past Jon McLaughlin in the Bradford goal to make it 2-0.

Bradford had their first attempt at goal on nine minutes following a Nahki Wells cross into the Coventry area, however Kyel Reid could only send his effort over the Coventry crossbar.

James Hanson went close on sixteen minutes when his header from close range was well saved by Murphy low to his left-hand corner of the Coventry goal.

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On seventeen minutes, Nahki Wells pulled a goal back for Bradford following a long ball over the top of the Coventry defence.  Murphy in the Coventry goal came to the edge of his box, but was beaten to the header by James Hanson, Wells collected the ball and placed it under the last defender into the goal.

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The game continued to be end to end and Coventry had three further attempts on goal, the first was a right footed shot from Carl Baker which was well saved by Jon McLaughlin low to his right.

Then on twenty-two minutes John Fleck had two attempts blocked by the Bradford defence, which eventually went out for a Coventry City corner.

On twenty-eight minutes, Nahki Wells get his and Bradford’s second, when he get to a James Hanson header before the Coventry keeper to tap the ball into an empty net.

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Gary Jones then went close on thirty-eight minutes with a right footed shot from outside the box, following a Kyel Reid corner, however his effort went just wide.

Coventry then took the lead again, when Callum Wilson cut into the penalty area and sent a right footed shot from a difficult angle passed Jon McLaughlin at his near post into the top right corner of the goal.

Coventry City started the second half much the same as the first and within the first five minutes they had three attempts on the Bradford goal from Cyrus Christie, Leon Clarke and Franck Moussa, all of which were saved by Jon McLaughlin.

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On fifty-five minutes Coventry’s Andy Webster handed the ball just outside the area to stop a clear  cut chance for Bradford.  Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin could not believe Webster was not shown a straight red card.

From the resulting free-kick Nahki Wells struck a right footed shot from outside the area the hit the Coventry City crossbar before going out for a goal-kick.

On seventy-three minutes, Mark Yeates beat two Coventry defenders on the right-hand side of the  penalty area before sending a cross int the six yard box, were an unmarked James Hanson headed over the cross.

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Bradford continued to press and four minutes into injury time they were awarded a penalty for another handball.  Nahki Wells stepped up to score his and Bradford’s third goal to give him the match ball for an excellent hat-trick.

Phil Parkinson said “The spirit in the side was right today.  We’ve shown that same sort of spirit last season and earlier this season.  Obviously we wanted the win, but when you’re 3-2 down with only seconds to go, you’ll take the point.”

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Match Details

Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, Meredith, McArdle, Bates, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Hanson, Wells, Thompson, (Subs) Ripley, Kennedy, Yeates, Taylor, Connell, Folan, De Vita

Coventry City – Murphy, Christie, Adams, Webster, Thomas, Fleck, Baker, L.Clarke, Moussa, Wilson, J.Clarke (Subs) Burge, Barton, Daniels, Philips, Loza, Garner, Haynes

Goals – (Bradford City) – Wells (17,28,90p) (Coventry City) Webster (2), L.Clarke (7), Wilson (42)

Attendance – 14,322

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