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Bradford City 1 Oxford United 2

12 January 2013

Saturday 12 January 2013
npower League 2
Bradford City 1 (Wells 14)
Oxford United 2 (Rigg 19, Leven pen 90)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 10,087 (260 visitors)

City suffered a frustrating defeat by Oxford United in their first home league game of the new calendar year thanks to a disputed penalty in the final minute of normal time.

Despite seemingly taken some of the ball, City defender Stephen Darby was adjudged to have brought down Oxford attacker Alfie Potter in the box, allowing Peter Leven to win it for the visitors with a late spot-kick.

Nahki Wells had given City the lead as early as the fourteen minute when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Oxford defender Michael Duberry and 'keeper Wayne Brown to slot home from close range.

Sean Rigg equalised for Oxford five minutes later, however, when he thundered home a half-volley from outside the area.

In fairness to Chris Wilder's Us, the victory, despite coming in controversial circumstances, was probably a deserved one with City looking distinctly off-colour for large parts.

Even before Leven's later winner, Oxford had seen a second period header from Potter cleared off the line by Carl McHugh before Rigg struck the bar with a header of his own later in the half.

FT: Bradford City 1 Oxford United 2

90+2min: GOAL!!!!!! No! McHugh thinks he has rescued a point for the Bantams in injury time when he slides home from close range but the effort is ruled out for offside.

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

90min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Oxford United 2 - Leven slots the resulting penalty right down the middle to give Oxford the lead late on.

90min: PENALTY TO OXFORD - The visitors are awarded a penalty when Darby is adjudged to have brought down Potter inside the area.

87min: YELLOW CARDS - Connell and Duberry are both booked for a small confrontation as the pair line up for a City free-kick.

85min: YELLOW CARD - Rigg is booked for catching McHugh late with a high boot as the defender clear the ball up the line.

79min: SUB - The Bantams take off Wells and bring on Alan Connell.

74min: Potter tees up Montrose for a shooting opportunity but the midfielder's strike from outside the area sails high and wide of goal.

67min: Rigg's near post header from a Leven corner is pushed onto the bar by Duke before McHugh hacks clear from right in front of his own goal.

63min: SUBS - The Bantams bring on Kyel Reid and Blair Turgott for Atkinson and Hines respectively.

63min: YELLOW CARD - McHugh is booked for an earlier handball when trying to stop Richards from breaking forward.

61min: Batt's far post cross eventually finds the waiting Liam Davis over at the far post but the defender's first time drive for goal is pushed away by the diving Duke.

59min: McHugh makes an acrobatic clearance to clear Potter's header off the line! The Oxford attacker is on hand to head Batt's far post cross goalwards, Duke gets a touch on the effort, but McHugh has to fling himself back to flick clear.

53min: Rigg charges down Rory McArdle's attempted clearance before fizzing in a low angled drive from outside the area that Duke gets down to and pushes around his near post.

50min: McHugh makes a vital interception at his near post to prevent Justin Richards from latching onto Potter's testing centre across the six yard box.

49min: Hines fires over the bar with a strike from just outside the penalty box.

46min: Oxford restart the match.

HT: Bradford City 1 Oxford United 1

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

45min: Alarm bells ring in the City defence when Montrose is allowed to stride forward unchallenged before nipping past two defenders and striking an effort for goal from the edge of the area. The drive is blocked by Carl McHugh but the rebound fails to the lurking Alfie Potter. The attacker fires goalwards with a rising strike from around ten yards out but the effort is tipped over the bar by Duke.

42min: Latching onto a loose ball just outside the area, Will Atkinson blasts for goal but his rising effort sails comfortably over the bar.

38min: Damian Batt's inswinging cross is flicked forward by Michael Raynes but the headed effort is gathered by Duke quite comfortably.

37min: Duke dives across his goal to push away a free-kick outside the area by Peter Leven.

36min: YELLOW CARD - Jones is booked for catching Montrose from behind around midway into the Bantams' own half.

34min: Gary Jones tries to catch Brown off his line but the 'keeper steps back in time to keep out the midfielder's lofted effort from distance with relative ease.

27min: YELLOW CARD - Lewis Montrose is booked for a late tackle on Nathan Doyle just inside Oxford's half.

19min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Oxford United 1 - The visitors are quickly level, however, when a half-cleared cross falls into the path of Rigg, who rifles a fierce half-volley past the despairing dive of Duke from around twenty yards out.

14min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Oxford United 0 - City take the lead of the match through Nahki Wells! The Bermudian striker has the opening goal of the game when Michael Duberry attempts to head the ball back to his 'keeper Wayne Brown but only proceeds in sending it past the on-rushing shot-stopper. Wells, who had been pressuring Duberry up until that point, uses his pace to race onto the ball and just turn it home before it bounced out for a corner.

3min: Matt Duke gets up to tip over a drive from outside the area by Sean Rigg after the Oxford attacker had been set up by Liam Davis.

0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half.

Duke, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Dickson, Hines, Doyle, G Jones, Atkinson, Gray, Wells
Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Connell, Turgott, Good

Bradford changes:
Reid for Atkinson (63), Turgott for Hines (63), Connell for Wells (79)

Bradford cautions:
G Jones (36), McHugh (63), Connell (87)

Bradford dismissals:

Brown, Batt, Raynes, Duberry, Wright, Rigg, Davis, Leven, Montrose, Potter, Richards
Subs: Crocombe, Heslop, Capaldi, Worley, O'Brien, Parker, Craddock

Oxford changes:

Oxford cautions:
Montrose (27), Rigg (85), Duberry (87)

Oxford dismissals:

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee: Richard Bartlett
Assistant Referee: Glen Hart
Fourth Official: Tony Peart

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