Saturday 14 December 2013at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Leyton Orient 1 (James 45+1)
Bradford City 1 (Wells (90+1)
Sky Bet League 1
Attendance: 14,292 (374 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Claire Epton
Nahki Wells' well-placed injury-time free-kick deservedly secured City a share of the spoils in their encounter with Sky Bet League 1 table-toppers Leyton Orient.
Despite dominating for large parts of the second period, City looked to be heading to only their fifth defeat of the season thanks to a goal from Leyton Orient's Lloyd James on the stroke of half-time until Wells struck.
With the game just ticking over into over-time, Wells managed to bend a delightful free-kick from just outside the area into top corner past a rooted Jamie Jones for his fifteen goal of the season.
FT: Bradford City 1 Leyton Orient 1
Wells fires City level in dramatic fashion with a stunning free-kick into the top corner! Despite Orient having virtually everyone back in the wall, the Bermudian still manages to bend the ball from just outside the area into the corner.90+1min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Leyton Orient 1 -
-YELLOW CARD90+1min: Mathieu Baudry is booked for barging over Wells on the very edge of the penalty area.
There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.90min:
83min: SUB - Leyton Orient bring on Marvin Bartley for Batt.
83min: Odubajo's cross into the middle finds Batt lurking but the striker seems not to be quite expecting the delivery to reach him and the ball seemingly bounces off him and out for a goal-kick.
83min: Yeates' low curling free-kick from around 25 yards out is held by James.
79min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Alan Connell and Raffaele De Vita for Matthew Bates and Doyle respectively. The changes mean City will change to 3-4-1-2 formation with De Vita in central midfield and Connell just behind the two main forwards.
73min: SUB - Leyton Orient bring on Kevin Lisbie for Simpson.
69min: A short City corner is eventually played out to the far post for Hanson to head back across goal. Doyle latches onto the header back across but his shot for goal is kicked away by Clarke barely a yard or so in front of his own goal.
69min: Jones comes to punch clear a City throw-in into the area but his connection isn't clean. Doyle steals in on the loose ball but sees two efforts in quick succession blocked from close range before the ball is eventually scrambled behind for a Bantams corner.
65min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Thompson.
64min: Clarke heads well over from around eight yards out following James' corner into the box.
60min: James fizzes in teasing centre across the six yard box that narrowly misses the diving frame of Batt in the middle before going out for a goal-kick over on the far side.
57min: Reid fires a good couple of yards wide with a strike from outside the area.
56min: Wells tries his best to scramble the ball away from Jamie Jones' clutches as the pair contest a Hanson flick-on inside the six yard box. Scott Cuthbert eventually manages to clear the bouncing ball as far as the waiting Doyle, who fizzes in a half-volley from just inside the area that is deflected narrowly wide of goal.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Leyton Orient 1
The visitors take the lead on the stroke of half-time when Lloyd James turns neatly into space on the edge of City's penalty area before curling a delightful strike into the far top corner.45+1min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Leyton Orient 1 -
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
44min: Running at the City defence just outside the area, Odubajo tries to slip Batt in on goal but the recovering Thompson makes a vital interception to latch onto the attempted pass and kick clear.
42min: Thompson gets his head first onto a Jones corner delivery but his glanced header flicks wide of Jones' far post.
-YELLOW CARD33min: Elliott Omozusi is booked for bringing down Reid just outside the area after a surging run forward from the winger had taken him past a number of visiting players.
30min: Jones gets a firm hand on a thunderbolt from Reid to turn the winger's fierce first-time strike from just outside the area over the bar.
26min: City are now back up to their full compliment as McArdle returns to the field of play.
25min: Batt fires a low strike from outside the area a good few yards wide of McLaughlin's goal.
24min: City are down to ten men at the moment as McArdle receives treatment for a kick to the face. McArdle's absence means Nathan Doyle filling in at centre half for the time being.
21min: Moses Odubajo turns away from James Meredith just inside City's area before firing in a low angled drive that is turned behind by the outstretched leg of Rory McArdle.
20min: James' wide free-kick delivery falls into the path of the lurking Dean Cox but the attacker is leaning when he meets the ball and his strike from just inside the area sails comfortably over the bar.
18min: An inswinging delivery from Gary Jones from a wide free-kick is flicked on by Wells before James Hanson heads narrowly wide of the far post in the middle.
14min: Kyel Reid's low cross into the area finds Garry Thompson lurking over on the far side of the area but his low first time strike from around fourteen yards out is held by Jamie Jones.
12min: A searching Lloyd James corner eventually falls into the path of Robbie Simpson but, facing away from goal, his hooked effort from an awkward position sails well over.
10min: McLaughlin has to race from his goal to the edge of his area to kick clear a searching Orient forward pass, narrowly beating Shaun Batt to the pass in the process.
9min: City see another mild penalty appeal turned away following the suggestion that the ball flicked up off Nathan Clarke's inside the area but, again, nothing is given.
9min: The Bantams bench go up for a penalty shout when Nahki Wells seems to be nudged off the ball just inside the Orient area after the City forward had spun away neatly from Romain Vincelot.
0min: Leyton Orient kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period. It would appear City are playing into a slight head-wind in this first half which is causing some of Jon McLaughlin's kicks to get held up in the air.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson
Subs:Ripley, Kennedy, Yeates, McHugh, Connell, De Vita, McBurnie
:Bradford City changes
Yeates for Thompson (65), Connell for Bates (79), De Vita for Doyle (79)
LEYTON ORIENT LINE UP
Jones, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Omozusi, Odubajo, Vincelot, James, Cox, Batt, Simpson
Subs: Larkins, Sawyer, Lisbie, Lasimant, Gorman, Bartley, Wright
Leyton Orient changes:
Lisbie for Simpson (73), Bartley for Batt (83)
Leyton Orient cautions:
Omozusi (33), Baudry (90+1)
Referee: M Heywood
Assistant Referee: K Evans
Assistant Referee: R Johnson
Fourth Official: I Siddall