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Bradford City 3 Burton Albion 2 (AET)

25 September 2012

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Capital One Cup Third Round 

Bradford City 3 (Wells 83, 90, Darby 115)

Burton Albion 2 (Kee 18, Webster 29)

Kick Off: 7.45pm

at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 4,178 (241 visitors)

Pictures kindly provided by Gintare Karpaviciute

The Bantams dramatically booked their place in the Capital One Cup Fourth Round with a sensational come-from-behind victory against Burton Albion after extra time at a rain-soaked Coral Windows Stadium.

Despite completely dominating for almost the entire match, City looked set to be knocked with only seven minutes remaining thanks to two first-half Burton strikes until a late double from substitute Nahki Wells took the tie to extra time.

The stage was then set for unlikely hero Stephen Darby to fire City into the draw for the last sixteen when he drove home via the inside of the post with a low effort from all of 25 yards out in the second period of extra time.

The incredible result for Phil Parkinson's men sees City enter into the fourth round stage for the first time since the 1988/1989 season.


FT: Bradford City 3 Burton Albion 2

120min: Wells and Reid twice try to play Hanson in on goal within a minute as City try to finish things off but both times the passes are intercepted at the last.

120min: Duke comes to importantly claim the ball after a long pass forward had briefly threatened to play Paterson in on goal.

115min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Burton Albion 2 -Stephen Darby fires City into the lead of the tie for the first time on the night! Encouraged to shoot by the home support, Darby lets rip with a low strike from around 25 yards that finds the bottom corner.

108min: Hanson heads wide following Darby's far post cross.

106min: After cutting inside from Burton's right flank, Taylor fires comfortably wide of the target with an angled drive from around 20 yards out. 

106min: Burton restart the tie.

HT of ET: Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 2

104min: Davies fires a few inches over the bar with a strike on the half-volley after Hanson had chested the ball to him on the edge of Burton's area.

96min: Wells fires over from a decent position inside the area while positioned around eight yards away from Tomlinson's near post.

95min: Tomlinson has to push away a dipping drive from distance by Wells.

94min: Paterson goes extremely close to turning the ball home when he stretches to beat Duke to a low Taylor cross but his effort from close range just drops wide of the near post.

91min: The Bantams kick off the first period of extra time. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first fifteen minutes of extra time.

FT: Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 2 - TIE GONE TO EXTRA TIME

90min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the match.

90min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Burton Albion 2 - Wells equalises for City!!!!!!!!!!!! Hanson attempts an over-kick towards goal after City had pumped yet another ball into the box and Wells is on hand to fire home from close range via the inside of the near post.

88min: Thompson heads wide at the far post from a Jones corner.

87min: Duke makes a great save to deny Paterson after the striker had burst clear on goal following a Burton counter-attack.

85min: City really piling the pressure on but can't quite force it home despite some more testing Reid crosses.

84min: Tomlinson comes for a Jones free-kick but can't quite cling on. Burton defenders clear their lines, however, before a City player can pounce on the loose ball.

83min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Burton Albion 2 - City have a goal back when Wells impressively drills into the top corner from inside the area after being played into space by James Meredith.

81min: O'Connor steers clear from right in front of his own goal following another driving run and cross from Reid.

80min: SUB - Burton bring on Matt Paterson for Yussuf.

79min: Wells can only steer wide with a shot on the turn from around ten yards out following a menacing run and cross from Reid.

79min: YELLOW CARD - Dyer is booked for blocking off Reid about the halfway line after the City winger had attempted to stride forward into Burton territory.

76min: Atkinson drills wide of goal from outside the area with a snap shot after the ball had fallen loose into his path.

76min: YELLOW CARD - McCrory is booked for dissent following the area of a City free-kick.

74min: Wells sprints clear into space inside Burton's area but from a tight angle, he can only fire a rising strike across and wide of goal.

70min: O'Connor produces a superb far post clearance to deny Hanson sliding in from close range following Reid's low teasing centre across the six yard box.

69min: YELLOW CARD - Despite initially letting play go on, Referee Mr Miller eventually books Weir for a foul on Jones halfway into Burton's own half.

68min: Thompson sees an effort cleared away from right in front of his own goal by O'Connor before Wells narrowly misses out on converting from close range following Hanson's header back across goal shortly afterwards.

66min: SUB - Burton bring on Cleveland Taylor for Kee.

65min: Reid curls a 20 yard free-kick a few inches over the bar.

63min: Jones is eventually able to continue after some treatment from City physio Matt Barrass following a whack to the head.

61min: SUBS - Bantams boss Phil Parkinson makes a triple substitution by bringing on Kyel Reid, James Hanson and Nahki Wells for Ravenhill, Connell and Hines respectively.

55min: Anthony O'Connor sends a free header comfortably wide of goal around twelve yards out following a Burton corner.

53min: YELLOW CARD - Referee Mr Miller gives an extremely questionable decision when he books Connell, seemingly for diving inside the area, when most of the ground were expected to see the official point to the spot.

52min: Robbie Weir is in just the right place to prevent Connell from connecting with Hines' cut-back with the striker positioned dangerously inside Burton's area. Shortly afterwards, another teasing Hines cross is cleared.

48min: Jones narrowly curls a 20 yard free-kick just over Tomlinson's bar.

46min: Burton restart the tie.

HT SUB - Burton bring on Andrew Corbett for Stanton.

HT: Bradford City 0 Burton Albion 2

45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.

45min: Burton hook clear from a dangerous position right in the heart of their penalty area after McArdle had headed a deep Stephen Darby centre back across goal.

45min: Tomlinson denies Rory McArdle with smart reflex save low to his right after the defender had powered a header for goal following Hines' cross into the area.

44min: Duke has to tip the ball away to stop it from dropping under his crossbar after Dyer had helped Damien McCrory's far post centre dangerously back into the mix.

42min: City pile on the pressure following a teasing Hines ball into the box but they can't scramble it home despite the best efforts from Thompson.

40min: Thompson misses out on a chance to pull one back for City when he is played in on goal by Hines. The City striker rounds Tomlinson but is eventually crowded out by recovering Burton defenders and can only end up firing harmlessly across goal.

37min: Connell goes down in the area while under pressure from behind by Nathan Stanton. Nothing is given, however, despite City's protests.

36min: Another long range effort from City, another spill from Tomlinson. This time the Brewers 'keeper fails to keep hold of a daisy-cutter from Jones but no City player is on hand to pounce and the shot-stopper can gather up the rebound.

35min: Jones nearly sneaks in at the far post to convert a hanging James Meredith cross from close range but the ball appears to get stuck under his feet and Dyer, who is nearby, can eventually clear up the pieces.

34min: Ricky Ravenhill fires comfortably over the bar after a half-cleared Jones free-kick had fallen into his path just outside Burton's area. Credit to the midfielder though, he did seem to slip over on the wet surface as he went to strike for goal.

29min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Burton Albion 2 - The visitors double their lead from the resulting corner, however, when Webster heads home from Bell's far post delivery. Jones tried to stop the ball from going in but the Assistant Referee on the far side flags for a goal despite the City skipper heading away. On first glance, it did appear that the ball had just crossed the line before Jones headed clear.

29min: Lee Bell sees his low drive from around twenty yards out deflected wide of Duke's goal by the diving frame of Davies.

27min: Andrew Davies heads wide from a Jones corner.

26min: Burton squander an opportunity to possibly sneak ahead further when Zander Diamond pokes a shot over the bar from around six yards out after Aaron Webster had placed a far post Dyer corner back into the mix.

23min: Tomlinson just about pushes a rising drive from Hines around the post after the City winger had fired for goal with an angled shot from just inside the area.

18min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Burton Albion 1 - Burton take the lead with their first real attack of the night when Billy Kee expertly steers a Jack Dyer cross past Matt Duke with a fierce half-volley from just inside the area.

16min: Thompson fizzes a cross-come-shot along the six yard box before the effort rolls out a few yards past Tomlinson's far post.

8min: Tomlinson fails to deal with another long range effort from City, this time coming from Connell. The Burton 'keeper can only shovel the drive out into the path of Atkinson, who from around ten yards out, sees his effort on the rebound deflected up in the air for a grateful Tomlinson to gather.

4min: City go close to opening the scoring with the first real opening of the match! Stuart Tomlinson fails to keep hold of a drive from distance by Gary Jones as the effort skips off the wet surface. Garry Thompson is first on the loose ball but his close range effort is bravely blocked by Tomlinson. Zavon Hines keeps the attack alive shortly afterwards by fizzing in a low cross but Alan Connell narrowly misses out on connecting while positioned right in front of goal around six yards out.

0min: The Bantams kick off the tie. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half. The rain, as it has done all day and is forecast to do throughout the game, continues to fall as the tie begins. 

7:37pm: Unbelievably, despite over two days of almost constant rainfall, City are all set to take on Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup Third Round. Credit must go to the club's ground-staff for their work over the summer months and at the start of the season to improve the playing surface at the Coral Windows Stadium. The pitch, although damp in sections, looks in remarkably good condition for all the rain it has taken on over the last 50-60 hours.


Duke, Darby, Meredith, McArdle, Davies, G Jones, Ravenhill, Hines, Atkinson, Connell, Thompson

Subs not used: McLaughlin, Oliver, Reid, Hanson, McHugh, Wells, Doyle

Bradford changes:
Reid for Ravenhill (61), Hanson for Connell (61), Wells for Hines (61)

Bradford cautions:

Connell (53)

Bradford dismissals:


Tomlinson, O'Connor, Webster, Stanton, Diamond, Dyer, Weir, Bell, McCrory, Yussuf, Kee

Subs: Atkins, Corbett, Taylor, Palmer, Richards, Paterson.

Burton changes:
Corbett for Stanton (46), Taylor for Kee (66), Paterson for Yussuf (80)

Burton cautions:

Weir (69), McCrory (76), Dyer (79)

Burton dismissals:

Referee: Nigel Miller

Assistant Referee: Mark Jones

Assistant Referee: Ian Hussin

Fourth Official: Mark Brown

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