Bradford City 1 v 1 Bristol City (Skybet League One)
All of the pre-match talk around Valley Parade was about Friday’s transfer news, with two players joining the bantams in Arron Jameson and Jordan Graham. However the big talking point was that of Nahki Wells joining West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
Life after Nahki Wells started with the visit of Bristol City to the Coral Windows Stadium, the Robins are one of the league’s in form teams following the appointment of new manager Steve Cotterill.
James Hanson put Bradford ahead with less than a minute gone when he poked the ball past Bristol City goalkeeper Elliot Parish following Gary Jones’s corner.
Bradford continued to press and after four minutes Oliver McBurnie won a free-kick in an advanced position, the resulting free-kick was headed behind by Bristol defender Greg Cunningham.
Carl McHugh should have extended City’s lead from the resulting Gary Jones corner when he headed over from six yards.
On ten minutes Bristol City drew level, when Kyel Reid switched off and allowed Scott Wagstaff to run onto a Derrick Williams pass, before slotting the ball past an out stretched Jon McLaughlin in the Bradford goal.
James Hanson, Oliver McBurnie and Kyel Reid continued to attack the Bristol City defence down the left, but despite having a lot of possession Bradford couldn’t find the final pass or shot on target to give them the advantage.
Ricky Ravenhill was injured on twenty-one minutes and had to be replaced by Jason Kennedy, this change seemed to affect the Bradford midfield and Bristol City started to take control.
Jason Kennedy did have a right footed shot from outside the Bristol box on thirty-five minutes, but his effort was beaten away by Parish in the Bristol goal.
Bradford could have extended their lead again just before half-time when Gary Thompson out ran the visitors defence, only to see his pull back go across the six yard box, had McBurnie gambled on the cross he would have had an open goal from three yards.
Bristol City started the second half quickly and had three attempts at goal in the first fifteen minutes, the first effort came on forty-seven minutes when Marvin Elliott sent a diving header narrowly wide of Jon McLaughlin’s near post.
The second effort fell to Sam Boldock who was given a free header from a Cunningham cross but his effort lacked power and precision and failed to trouble McLaughlin, who gathered with relative ease.
The third and final effort came from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who tried his luck from outside the area with a dipping half-volley that pinged off Jon McLaughlin’s far post.
Bradford had a couple of chances in the second half the first was on fifty-one minutes when a Gary Jones corner was headed across goal by Hanson but Oliver McBurnie’s back heel from close range was gathered by Elliott Parish in the Bristol goal.
The second effort was a right footed drive from outside the Bristol area by Gary Jones which thumped against the post before bouncing to safety. The game eventually finished 1-1 with an ever increasing injury list for the Bantams having lost Ravenhill and Kyel Reid in the game.
The result leaves Bradford City with only one win in their last sixteen outings and Phil Parkinson will be looking forward to this coming week, when he can bring in a few new faces to boost the numbers and squad morale.
The post match talking point was once again all about Nahki Wells, as news came through that the former Bantam had come off the bench to score a last minute winner for his new club Huddersfield Town.
Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Bates, Ravenhill, Jones, Thompson, Reid, Hanson, McBurnie (Sub) Jameson, Kennedy, Yeates, Oliver, Taylor, Connell, Graham
Bristol City – Parish, Williams, Flint, Baldock, Emmanuel-Thomas, Wagstaff, Cunningham, Reid, Pack, Elliott, Osborne (Sub) Fielding, Moloney, Fontaine, Bryan, Barnett, Burns, Gillett
Goals – (Bradford) Hanson (01) (Bristol City) Wagstaff (11)
Attendance – 13,050