Attendance: 11,630 (3,932 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Gintare Karpaviciute
A much-changed City side narrowly lost out in their West Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town this Tuesday evening, ending their time in the Capital One Cup at the first round stage in the process.
Phil Parkinson’s team, featuring as many as seven alterations from the eleven that started at Bristol City on Saturday, found themselves two down going into the tie’s final stages thanks to a goal in each half by James Vaughan.
Substitute Nahki Wells gave City a lifeline on the stroke of ninety minutes though when he rattled in a fine drive from just outside the area.
Roared on by nearly 4,000 away supporters, City threw everything at Huddersfield’s goal in the two minutes of injury time that followed but they couldn’t quite keep their interest in the competition going past the first round despite a couple of late corners.
While the defeat obviously means a repeat of last season’s amazing achievement of reaching the grand final is now unachievable, Parkinson can still find plenty of reasons to be positive considering the changes he made for the tie and the calibre of the opposition City were up against.
One of the changes made by Parkinson saw defender Matt Taylor make his debut at centre half, while Raffaele De Vita and Jason Kennedy were both handed their first starts in City colours at the John Smith’s Stadium.
FT: Huddersfield Town 2 Bradford City 1
Clayton is booked for catching Meredith just inside Huddersfield’s half over by the far touchline.–YELLOW CARD90+2min:
There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the match.90min:
Wells gives City a late lifeline! A long kick forward from McLaughlin eventually falls into the path of Wells and the Bermudian catches out Smithies with a fine early strike into the bottom corner from around 20 yards out.90min: GOAL!!!! Huddersfield Town 2 Bradford City 1 –
87min:Reid finds Hanson inside the area with a cross but the striker’s free header from around fourteen yards lacks any sort of pace to trouble Smithies.
84min: SUB –Huddersfield bring on Murray Wallace for Gerrard.
84min: Jake Carroll tries his luck from distance but his swerving effort fizzes a few yards over.
Hanson stretches to reach Reid’s searching cross into the area but he can only fire high and wide from around eight yards out after sticking out a leg.80min:
79min:Thompson tries to sneak in onto Meredith’s flighted cross to the far post but he can’t quite get his connection right and the ball squirms past him.
67min: Clayton turns away from Ricky Ravenhill but his rising drive from just outside the area sails a yard or so over the bar.
63min: SUBS - City make three substitutions of their own. Nahki Wells, James Hanson and James Meredith are brought on for De Vita, Connell and Taylor respectively. The changes also mean Thompson will move to the right wing and McHugh will partner Doyle in central defence.
63min: SUB - Huddersfield bring on Jonathan Stead for Vaughan.
60min: Reid fires a yard or so over the bar with a direct from free-kick from just outside the area.
56min: Paterson looks to be in with a clear sight on McLaughlin's goal for a second when he loops Vaughan's headed flick on over the head of Darby to get goal-side of the defender. The City right back recovers his ground well though and just does enough to prevent the former Burnley striker from getting in a clean strike on goal.
55min: .Thompson's drive for goal from just inside the area is well-struck but Smithies is able to gather at the second attempt
The hosts double their lead when Vaughan rises highest to head home Hammill's searching cross.54min: GOAL - Huddersfield Town 2 Bradford City 0 -
46min: The Bantams kick off the second period. They will attack towards their 4,000 supporters in the away end behind the goal this half.
HT SUB - Huddersfield bring on Adam Hammill for Hunt.
Hammill for Hunt (46), Stead for Vaughan (63), Wallace for Gerrard (84)
Bradford changes:Wells for De Vita (63), Hanson for Connell (63), Meredith for Taylor (63)