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Bradford 3 Northampton 3 - City 4-2 pens

13 November 2012

Tuesday 13 November 2012

F.A Cup with Budweiser First Round Replay

Bradford City 3 (Atkinson 35, Wells pen 90, McHugh 120+1)

Northampton Town 3 (Demontagnac pen 43, Platt 90+3, Langmead 109)

Kick Off: 7.45pm

at the Coral Windows Stadium

Bradford City win 4-2 on penalties - After Extra Time

Attendance: 2,951 (111 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Gintare Karpaviciute

City secured their passage into the F.A Cup with Budweiser Second Round in the most thrilling fashion by beating Northampton Town 4 - 2 on penalties after a truly dramatic replay at the Coral Windows Stadium.

The shoot-out victory, secured by Ricky Ravenhill after squandered penalties from Northampton's Kelvin Langmead and Danny East, was incredibly City's EIGHTH on the trot in recent seasons and books them a date at home to League 1 Brentford at the start of December.

Leading 2-1 going into the final minute of injury time thanks to a late penalty from substitute Nahki Wells, City had been cruelly taken to extra time when Clive Platt fired home for the visitors with barely 30 seconds of the allocated time remaining.

With James Meredith then limping off at the start of the second period of extra time to leave City with only ten men having already made all their subs, things got even worse for Phil Parkinson's men when Langmead drove Northampton into the lead of the tie for the first time with a well-taken strike eleven minutes to go.

Despite tiring legs and a numerical disadvantage though, City unbelievably still found the reserves to come back in the tie once more time when Carl McHugh stooped to head home his first goal for the club in the final minute of extra time to bring on penalties.

After his earlier success from the spot, Wells' saw his effort in the shoot-out saved by Cobblers 'keeper Shane Higgs first up, but a Jon McLaughlin save from East's own kick and Langmead firing over the bar then put City back in the driving seat.

Converted penalties from Stephen Darby and Northampton's Lewis Hornby left it to Ravenhill to finally finish the tie off and keep City's amazing penalty record going when he fired past Higgs.

Earlier in the tie, Will Atkinson had initially given City the lead in the first half of normal time with his second of the season - his first coming in the maiden cup encounter between the two clubs eleven days ago - before Ishmel Demontagnac levelled things up two minutes before the interval thanks to a disputed penalty after Ravenhill was adjudged to have brought the attacker down in the area.

The award of the penalty was all the harder to take for the majority within the City camp after barely minutes earlier City substitute Adam Baker appeared to have been clearly pulled back by Joe Widdowson when clear on goal.

Despite City eventually having the last laugh on penalties, the night didn't go completely trouble-free with Meredith and Zavon Hines appearing to pick up injuries which would already put them in doubt for Saturday's npower League 2 home fixture with Exeter City.

Wells - saved - Higgs keeps the low effort outPlatt - scores
G Jones - scoresEast - saved - McLaughlin guesses right to push the effort away
Atkinson - scoresLangmead - misses - over the bar
Darby - scoresHornby - scores
Ravenhill - scores

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 3 - END OF EXTRA TIME - TIE GOES TO PENALTIES

120+1min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 3 - City's ten-men equalise with the very last attack of the tie! Darby's long throw-in into the area isn't cleared and McHugh sends a looping header past a helpless Higgs.

120min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of extra time.

116min: Huws' low strike across goal is held by McLaughlin after the Northampton midfielder had been picked out by Platt's cut-back.

114min: Hanson fires wide of Higgs' far post with a forceful drive from around 20 yards out.

114min: After a surging run into the area, Widdowson fires a rising drive wide of McLaughlin's near post from around twelve yards out.

111min: Danny East's rising drive from around twelve yards out at an angle hits the outside of McLaughlin's post before bouncing behind.

110min: Hanson is now being pushed back up front alongside Wells, leaving City's ten men with only three at the back and Ravenhill screening just in front of them.

109min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Northampton Town 3 - City's ten men go behind for the first time on the night when Langmead curls a great effort into the far corner from just inside the area.

106min: McHugh has to make a last-ditch tackle to deny Platt a clear run on goal following an initial poor touch from the City defender.

106min: James Meredith has left the pitch at the beginning of the second period of extra time - presumably with a problem. With the Bantams now down to ten men having already used all their subs, Hanson is having to play at centre half alongside McArdle and McHugh is now being deployed at left back.

106min: The Bantams begin the second period of extra time.

HT of ET: Bradford City 2 Northampton Town 2 

102min: City have the ball in the net when McArdle and then Wells get a touch each on an in-swinging Jones free-kick. The celebrations are cut short, however, when the linesman's flag goes up for offside.

100min: Ravenhill is eventually able to carry on after receiving some treatment for a knock to his ankle he picked up while blocking a shot from Huws.

97min: Hanson drills a low left-footed effort wide of goal from around twelve yards out after being picked out in a good position inside the area by Atkinson.

96min: McLaughlin turns Platt's rising drive around his near post after the striker had been played into space inside the area by Hornby.

94min: Akinfenwa heads over from within the six yard box after beating McLaughlin to a long Tozer throw-in into City's penalty box.

92min: McHugh makes a vital block to stop a thunderous goal-bound effort by Langmead from the edge of the area.

91min: Huws drags a shot wide of McLaughlin's goal from distance.

91min: Northampton kick off the first period of extra time. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in this half.

91min: SUB - Ivan Toney is brought on for Wilson just before the beginning of extra-time.

Bradford City 2 Northampton Town 2 - END OF 90 MINUTES - TIE GONE TO EXTRA TIME.

90+3min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Northampton Town 2 - Northampton equalise in the final minute of injury time when Platt's angled shot finds the far bottom corner.

90+1min: Hanson's goal-bound header is crawled out by Higgs after the striker had been picked out by Wells following a swift City counter-attack.

90min: There will be three minutes of time added on.

90min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Northampton Town 1 -Wells drills the penalty low into the bottom left hand corner to re-establish City's lead in the tie late on!

89min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS - Widdowson is penalised for appearing to handle a Baker shot inside the area.

86min: Henoc Mukendi fires comfortably high and wide of McLaughlin's goal with a strike from around twenty yards out.

86min: Jones' half-volley from outside the area following Hanson's set-up is straight at Higgs.

85min: Baker's header from a Jones corner is blocked out right in front of goal by a Northampton defender. Jones himself has a chance on goal seconds later following Hansons' knock-down in the area but his half-volley his sliced and lacks the pace to trouble Higgs' goal.

84min: Lewis Hornby fires well wide of McLaughlin's goal with a strike from just outside the area while under pressure from Wells and Jones.

82min: Ravenhill fires high into the Carlsberg Stand behind Higgs' goal after a cross from Wells had been deflected into his path about 20 yards out.

81min: SUB - Adebayo Akinfenwa is brought on in place of Demontagnac for the visitors. 

76min: Huws fires over with an angled drive by McLaughlin's near post when well-positioned inside City's penalty area.

73min: SUB - Nahki Wells comes on for Connell.

66min: Hanson slices an effort well wide of goal from the edge of the area after being picked out by Atkinson.

65min: Demontagnac fires over around 30 yards from goal after turning away from Ravenhill and Atkinson before driving forward.

63min: SUB - Gary Jones is brought on for Scott Brown.

60min: Demontagnac fires narrowly over McLaughlin's bar with a looping volley from the edge of the area following Platt's lay-off.

55min: A lovely one-two between Connell and Atkinson gives the Bantams striker a decent shooting opportunity well within Northampton's penalty area. Connell's rising strike is well-struck but it is blocked out by the body of a Northampton defender.

53min: Emyr Huws fires wide of the target with a rising angled drive after the midfielder had found himself in plenty of space inside City's penalty box.

46min: The Bantams restart the tie.

HT: Bradford City 1 Northampton Town 1

45+1min: Connell is denied from around six yards out after Higgs' smothers his angled drive.

45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first period.

45min: Baker fires narrowly wide of Higgs' near post from around eight yards out.

43min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Northampton Town 1 - Demontagnac fires high into the net with the resulting spot-kick to draw the sides level.

43min: PENALTY TO NORTHAMPTON - The visitors are awarded a spot-kick when Ricky Ravenhill is adjudged to have fouled Demontagnac as the attacker burst into City's area.

41min: A near-post flick from Connell following Baker's cross into the box is fumbled behind by Higgs.

40min: Kelvin Langmead is barely inches away from reaching Hanson's header back to McLaughlin following a Northampton free-kick into the area.

37min: Baker nearly has a second for City when he looks for a moment to have bustled his way through for a clear run on Higgs' goal. Last-man Joe Widdowson is all over him, however, clearly pulling Baker back until he is in a position to make the saving tackle. Perhaps due to Baker's honesty in not going down though, Northampton are saved from conceding a penalty and probably losing Widdowson to a red card.

35min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Northampton Town 0 - Atkinson grabs the opener for City with a well-driven angled drive from inside the area. After being set up by Hanson, Atkinson lashes a left-footed strike past Higgs at his near post from around ten yards out.

31min: A lovely piece of combination play between Hanson and Connell eventually sees the latter fire a low strike narrowly wide of goal from just outside the area.

29min: SUB - Unfortunately Hines isn't able to carry on for much longer, however, and has to be replaced by Adam Baker.

28min: Connell curls an effort from outside the penalty area a yard or wide of Higgs' far post.

28min: A poor touch from Rory McArdle a few yards outside City's penalty area allows Demontagnac a run on McLaughlin's goal. With the recovering McArdle and Stephen Darby at his back, however, Demontagnac's low strike at goal is saved by the legs of the Bantams' shot-stopper.

26min: Hines is down and requiring treatment from City physio Matt Barrass after appearing to have picked up a knock. A minute or so later, however, he is able to carry on with the match.

23min: Alan Connell shoots a few yards wide of goal with a shot on the turn from just outside Northampton's penalty area.

21min: Platt heads over from a decent position inside the area after being picked out by a cross from Wilson over on Northampton's right flank.

16min: Will Atkinson's cross while missing its intended targets in the middle, only just drops over Higgs' bar following a decent period of pressure from Phil Parkinson's men.

13min: James Hanson tries to volley goalwards from Zavon Hines' cross into the area but the striker's acrobatic effort is sliced and loops comfortably over Shane Higgs' bar.

11min: Wilson fires wide of McLaughlin's near post from around ten yards out after the midfielder had connected with a Tozer cross.

6min: Lewis Wilson fires straight at McLaughlin from outside the area after being teed up by Clive Platt.

4min: City struggle to deal with a long punt up field from Ben Tozer as the ball eventually bounces its way through to Ishmel Demontagnac deep inside the Bantams' area. The Cobblers attacker flicks an effort for goal from around eight yards out but his looping shot drops wide of Jon McLaughlin's goal.

0min: Northampton kick off the tie. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.

McLaughlin, Darby, Meredith, McHugh, McArdle, Hines, Ravenhill, Brown, Atkinson, Connell, Hanson
Subs: Duke, G Jones, Baker, Wells, Doyle, Bass, Swain

Bradford changes:
Baker for Hines (29), G Jones for Brown (63), Wells for Connell (73)

Bradford cautions:

Bradford dismissals:

Higgs, East, Langmead, Tozer, Widdowson, Demontagnac, Wilson, Hornby, Mukendi, Huws, Platt
Subs: Snedker, Charles, Harding, Akinfenwa, Toney

Northampton changes:
Akinfenwa for Demontagnac (81), Toney for Wilson (91)

Northampton cautions:

Northampton dismissals:

Referee: Mick Russell
Assistant Referee: David Benton
Assistant Referee: Robert Atkin
Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh

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