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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
23:50 28th August 2012
By  Luke Gallagher

Watford 1 Bradford City 2

City produced yet another giant killing to confirm their place in the 3rd round of the Capital One cup. A late flurry of goals saw Phil Parkinson's men overcome Watford at Vicarage Road.

 

The tie started with the two teams fairly evenly matched; Craig Forsyth tried to deliver an early supply of crosses to the Hornet's front men, but at the other end, Zavon Hines was trying his best to test Jonathan Bond in the Watford goal.

 

The Bantams had a glorious chance to take the lead in the 18th minute; Zavon Hines charged down Carl Dickinson's attempted clearance, before lashing a volley across the box, Meredith marginally missed the ball on the slide, before Connell's shot smacked a post.

 

Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia and Steve Beleck then had a go each at testing McLaughlin. Mujangi-Bia was first as he curled narrowly wide from 25 yards after cutting inside from the right. Beleck's firm effort from an angle was alertly pushed over by McLaughlin.

 

A few minutes later, Gary Jones forced Bond into a brilliant save with a 25 yard shot after good work from Garry Thompson.

 

Into the 2nd half and lively winger Ikechi Anya is looking more and more dangerous, getting the better of Luke Oliver to squirm a shot towards goal; before lashing wide of the mark from an angle in the area after beating the offside trap.

 

Anya gets into the area once more after a defensive error from Stephen Darby, Anya skilfully gets away from Reid but his shot is comfortably dealt with by McLaughlin.

 

Ikechi Anya, it was, who broke the deadlock on 71 minutes; Mujangi-Bia chases down a long ball, which is partially cleared by Luke Oliver, but Anya hammers a first time shot past McLaughlin from 25 yards despite the City stopper getting a hand to the shot on its way into the top corner.

 

The game is almost fantastically sealed on the 79th minute by Almen Abdi; a cross is half cleared by the heads of Oliver and Darby,and the loose ball is met on the full volley by Abdi, the shot thundering against the post.

 

On 85 minutes a fantastic strike from substitute Kyel Reid brought City back on terms, after Watford failed to clear a floated Rory McArdle freekick. An initial shot from Oliver had been blocked in the area before Reid's stunning strike.

 

Carl Dickinson tried to snatch a late victory for his side, but his long range drive was tipped round the post by McLaughlin.

 

It is City who dramatically win the game in the 4th minute of additional time, the goal again coming from a set piece. Kyel Reid swung in a freekick from distance, Bond punched away nervously, leaving his goal exposed and Garry Thompson capitalised by firing a shot into the bottom corner to put City amongst the 'big boys' in this week's draw

 

 

    Data provided by Press Association