Tuesday 26 November 2013
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 1 (Yeates 69)
Notts County 1 (Liddle 42)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 12,808 (167 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by David Heaton
Mark Yeates' second goal of the season helped City to come from behind and pick up a hard-fought point at home to Notts County.
Less than five minutes after arriving off the bench, Yeates picked up Nahki Wells' lay-off before turning into space a drilling a shot past Barosz Bialkowski from just inside the area.
The Irish winger's equaliser came after County midfielder Garry Liddle had given the visitors a barely deserved lead on the stroke of half time.
Liddle's goal for County came less than three minutes before the interval after Danny Haynes had played the ball invitingly across goal for the midfielder to slide in.
City's best chance before Liddle's opener fell at the feet of Kyel Reid just before the half hour mark. Gary Jones' forceful run forward presented Reid with a decent sight of goal inside County's penalty area but the winger dragged his shot wide of Bialkowski's far post.
Following the half-time introduction of Nathan Doyle for Jason Kennedy, City began the second period in purposeful fashion.
James Hanson twice saw headers repelled on goal-line within the space of a few seconds, firstly from Bialkowski and then from defender Dean Leacock.
Still in the early stages of the second half, Garry Thompson then found himself on the end of the Bantams' best chance up until that point.
Latching onto a poor touch from Greg Tempest, Thompson burst past the attentions of Leacock to find himself with a clear run on goal.
Upon reaching County's penalty area, Thompson shot for goal but his drive was blocked behind for a corner by Bialkowski.
Thompson was replaced ten minutes later by Yeates, and it was the Irishman who would go out to drag City level.
Doyle's lofted ball into the box was headed down into the path of Wells by Hanson. Wells went on to lay the ball off to Yeates, who turned away from traffic before drilling a low effort into the bottom corner from just inside the area.
Wells was forced off less than a minute later, however, being replaced by Alan Connell. The Bermudian was one of a number of players in City's camp who have been hit by a stomach bug in the last few days.
Although Phil Parkinson won't want to make the illness seem like an excuse, it was clearly obvious that the recent bug in the squad did affect the performance of his side on the night.
The game ended in slightly heated fashion when Marcus Haber was given a straight red with two minutes of normal time left for appearing to flick an elbow out at Gary Jones as the pair contested a high ball.
With the game in injury time, Liddle then was fortunate not to become the second County player to be red carded after he seemed to catch Matthew Bates with his studs around the defender's thigh area following a high boot.
Despite the tackle looking rather nasty, Liddle escaped with only a booking.
FT: Bradford City 1 Notts County 1
90+7min: A long kick forward from McLaughlin eventually land in the path of Bates via the head of Hanson but his half-volley for goal from the edge of the area is straight at Bialkowski.
90+6min: SUB - County bring on Ronan Murray for Campbell-Ryce.
90+5min: In the following aftermath, County assistant Greg Abbott is sent to the stands.
90+4min: YELLOW CARD - Liddle somehow escapes with only a booking despite appearing to land a boot high on the body of Matthew Bates just inside City's half as the pair contested a bouncing ball.
90+1min: Yeates' inswinging free-kick from wide takes the merest flick off McArdle's head but it still goes through into Bialkowski.
90+1min: YELLOW CARD - Campbell-Ryce is booked for pushing over Reid as the winger surges down County's right flank.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: RED CARD - Haber is given a straight red card for appearing to flick an elbow out at Jones as the pair contested in the air for the ball.
88min: James Meredith's low cross into the box picks out Yeates but his flick for goal lacks the pace to trouble Bialkowski.
87min: Fotheringham's wide free-kick from just outside the area eventually drops into the path of Smith but the defender's shot on the turn from around eight yards out is straight at McLaughlin.
83min: Haber heads over from around eight yards out following Campbell-Ryce's searching cross to the far post.
75min: YELLOW CARD - Kieron Freeman is booked for blocking off Reid as the winger looked to burst down City's left flank.
75min: SUB - Notts County bring on Mark Fotheringham for Haynes.
70min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Alan Connell for Wells, who is clearly still feeling the effects of his recent illness.
69min: GOAL!!!!! Bradford City 1 Notts County 1 - Yeates has City level! Hanson's header across the area is picked up by Wells, who in turn tees up Yeates. The winger turns onto his left foot before drilling a low effort past Bialkowski from just inside the area.
66min: Wells tries an ambitious drive from distance but it sails comfortably wide of Bialkowski's goal.
65min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Thompson.
64min: Wells' strike from around 20 yards out is pushed away by Bialkowski.
60min: The home fans scream for a penalty when Smith appears to dive on the ball and handle as Wells looks to burst through on goal. City want a penalty but instead referee Mr Kettle gives County a free-kick for a supposed push on Smith by Wells.
60min: Campbell-Ryce's cross into the area is met by the head of Haynes but the effort is easy enough for McLaughlin to gather onto.
55min: Thompson is denied by Bialkowski from a one-on-one situation! After latching onto a weak header from Tempest, Thompson bursts past Leacock to leave him with only Bialkowski to beat. Thompson tries to dink the ball over the ground County 'keeper but Bialkowski is able to block the effort behind for a corner.
52min: Haynes latches onto a loose pass from Wells but his drive from around 25 yards out sails well wide of the goal.
49min: Hanson is denied twice in quick succession! Firstly his thumping header from a Jones corner is repelled on the line by a save Bialkowski. The ball is crossed back into the area a few seconds later and another Hanson header is cleared on the line again, this time by the head of the retreating Leacock.
47min: Tempest is so close to putting the ball into his own net as the left back tries to clear a fizzing Reid centre across the six yard box. Tempest is able to put the ball out for a corner but it didn't look too convincing.
46min: The Bantams restart the fixture.
HT SUB - The Bantams bring on Nathan Doyle for Kennedy before the restart.
HT: Bradford City 0 Notts County 1
45+2min: YELLOW CARD - Bialkowski is booked for taking too long over the taking of a County free-kick deep inside their own half.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Notts County 1 - The visitors take the lead of the game through Gary Liddle. After running at a retreating City defence, Jack Grealish plays the ball wide to Haynes. The striker squares the ball across the six yard box and the lurking Liddle is on hand to tap in over on the far side of the goal.
41min: Andre Boucaud's ball into the box intended for Marcus Haber is cleared as far as the waiting Haynes just outside the penalty area. Haynes' fires for goal but his shot bounces down into the ground, taking all of the pace out of it, before McLaughlin can gather.
36min: An attempted clearance up field by Emmanuele Smith is blocked by Hanson to see the ball running free towards County's penalty area. Wells is first onto the free ball but his first time effort on his left foot from the edge of the area is straight at Bialkowski.
27min: A great driving run from Gary Jones eventually allows the midfielder the opportunity to play Reid invitingly into space deep inside County's penalty area. From an angle, Reid shoots low across goal but his effort rolls just wide of Bialkowski's far post.
25min: GOAL!!!! NO! City think for a second they have the lead when Wells converts McArdle's headed knock-down from close range following Matthew Bates' free-kick from deep into the area. Just as the Bermudian turns away to celebrate though, he is stopped in his tracks by the linesman's flag.
22min: Reid's hanging cross into the six yard box tries to find Hanson for a close range header on goal but Dean Leacock raises highest to make a vital headed clearance.
17min: Jamal Campbell-Ryce fires a couple of yards wide after the ball had fallen into his path just outside the Bantams' penalty area.
16min: Garry Thompson's fizzing cross into the box is just too high for the lurking Hanson over by the far post. The ball eventually falls into the path of Reid but his own cross is over-hit and it drops behind for a goal-kick.
8min: Rory McArdle's knock forward is headed on by James Hanson into the path of Nahki Wells but the Bermudian's effort on the half-volley from just inside the area bounces a yard or so wide of Bartosz Bialkowski's goal.
0min: Notts County kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Kennedy, Reid, Wells, Hanson
Subs: Ripley, Oliver, Yeates, Connell, Folan, De Vita, Doyle
Bradford City changes:
Doyle for Kennedy (46), Yeates for Thompson (65), Connell for Wells (70)
NOTTS COUNTY LINE UP
Bialkowski, Liddle, Smith, Leacock, Freeman, Grealish, Tempest, Boucaud, Campbell-Ryce, Haynes, Haber
Subs: Spiess, McGregor, Showunmi, Bell, Murray, Fotheringham, Hollis
Notts County changes:
Fotheringham for Haynes (75), Murray for Campbell-Ryce (90+6)
Notts County cautions:
Bialkowski (45+2),Freeman (75), Campbell-Ryce (90+1), Liddle (90+4)
Notts County dismissals: