Saturday 20 December 2014
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 1 (McArdle 32)
Scunthorpe United 1 (Adelakun 90+3)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 12,831 (485 visitors)
The Bantams were denied a hard-fought victory by an injury time equaliser from Scunthorpe United substitute Hakeeb Adelakun.
Leading through a composed finish from Rory McArdle roughly midway into the first half, City were hanging on for the victory as the game ticked into overtime but they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils when Adelakun drilled home into the far bottom corner with just seconds left.
As frustrating as the injury time leveller was for Bantams boss Phil Parkinson and his players though, a point was probably the least Scunthorpe had deserved from the game after a forceful second period performance against the Bantams.
FT: Bradford City 1 Scunthorpe United 1
90+3min: Bradford City 1 Scunthorpe United 1 - Scunthorpe level deep into injury time. A pumped ball into the area drops at the feet of Adelakun and the substitute winger drives the ball low into the far bottom corner from an angle.
90min: There will four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: SUB - Scunthorpe bring on Lyle Taylor for Osbourne.
90min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Francois Zoko for Stead.
86min: Morais plays Stead in behind Scunthorpe's back line as City look to spring forward on a quick attack. Stead hits the far post with a drive past last man Slocombe but the striker had already been flagged for offside before his drive.
84min: Bishop's long ball forward sees Madden in behind City's back line but the striker's fierce rising close range drive is somehow tipped over by a superb reflex save from Pickford.
83min: SUB - Scunthorpe bring on Hakeeb Adelakun for McSheffrey.
82min: SUB - The Bantams bring on James Hanson for Clarke.
79min: O'Neil's pull back from the byline deflects into the path of Madden well inside City's penalty area but his side-footed effort is vitally blocked by McArdle.
78min: Luke Williams' cross into the area finds Madden but the striker's header from inside the area is well held by Pickford.
76min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Andy Halliday for Knott.
74min: Stead does brilliantly to turn away from Boyce before driving for the area. The striker pulls the ball back from the byline with Clarke lurking inside the six yard box but Scunthorpe manage to clear the danger from right in front of their own goal.
73min: Knott's pass finds Stead in space inside the area but the striker's attempted curler for the far post lacks the neccessary bend and Slocombe is able to gather.
70min: GOAL.....No! Scunthorpe have another goal this afternoon chalked off, this time for offside. O'Neil's low angled drive towards goal is turned in from close range by Madden but the striker is correctly flagged for offside. In fact, both Madden and team-mate McSheffrey looked in offside positions.
69min: O'Neil plays Madden into a pocket of space in behind City's defence. The attacker looks to turn away from McArdle but the City defender manages to get a block in and stop the angled drive from reaching Pickford.
67min: Morais turns into shooting space but his left-footed drive just outside the box is straight at Slocombe.
61min: YELLOW CARD - Isaiah Osbourne is booked for a late lunge on Clarke just inside City's half of the pitch.
57min: McSheffrey's drive from the resulting free-kick is pushed away by Pickford.
56min: YELLOW CARD - Meredith is booked for catching Brindley with a stray boot just outside City's penalty area the Scunthorpe full back looked to go past the Australian and into the box.
54min: Liam O'Neil fires over the bar with a rising drive from outside the penalty area.
52min: The ball is played into the path of the unmarked Luke Williams deep inside the City area but the attacker's rising drive is repelled by Pickford. Neal Bishop fires for goal with the rebound but his drive from just inside the area is blocked away.
49min: Morais is back on the pitch now after missing that previous corner while receiving treatment.
48min: Luke Williams plays his corner delivery out to the lurking McSheffrey but the attacker's drive from outside the box is flashed over the bar as a couple of City players come out to close him down.
46min: Brindley whips in a teasing cross that Pickford has to shovel behind to prevent it from sneaking in at his near post. Pickford has to tip the ball over the bar from the resulting corner, with Morais requiring a spot of treatment on a shoulder injury picked up while City looked to defend the corner.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 1 Scunthorpe United 0
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: Scunthorpe go close when McSheffrey fizzes the ball dangerously across City's six yard box. Madden somehow misses the cross in the middle but right back Richard Brindley picks up the scraps over by the far side before firing goalwards. Jordan Pickford sticks his leg out to stop the ball sneaking in at his near post and City can eventually scramble the ball behind for a corner.
38min: Stead plays the ball across the edge of the box to the waiting Billy Knott but the midfielder's left-footed drive flashes wide of Slocombe's far post.
36min: YELLOW CARD - Luke Williams is booked for catching Morais was a nasty tackle on his ankle midway into City's territory.
32min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Scunthorpe United 0 - McArdle has City in the lead thanks to a fine finish from the defender! Clarke's low cross into the area finds Morais, who sees his rising drive blocked by a Scunthorpe player. As the home fans shout for a penalty for a potential handball, Stead lays the ball back to McArdle and the centre half fires the ball into the top corner of the goal with a composed side-footed strike with his left foot from just inside the box.
30min: Clarke plays the ball out to Meredith over by the far left hand side of Scunthorpe's penalty area. The Australian goes to drill the ball goalwards but the effort goes wide of Slocombe's near post.
28min: Mark Yeates feeds the ball into the path of Stead and the striker turns away from a couple of Scunthorpe defenders before firing in a low drive from just inside the area that is held to his left by Slocombe.
25min: Madden tries to play McSheffrey in with run on goal with a weighting pass. The ball reaches McSheffrey just inside the box but Meredith uses his strength to keep the Scunthorpe attacker at bay and City can clear.
20min: Jon Stead leaps up to meet Filipe Morais' teasing cross. Stead heads narrowly wide of Slocombe's far post but the effort, even if it had of gone in, wouldn't have counted as the striker was penalised for a push on Boyce.
19min: GOAL....NO! Andrew Boyce rises highest to home head Gary McSheffrey's delivery from the resulting corner but the goal is ruled out for climbing by Miguel Llera on Andrew Davies.
18min: Paddy Madden makes a forceful run towards City's penalty area, leaving a couple of Bradford players in his wake. Madden's run is eventually halted on the edge of the box by a diving block from Rory McArdle as the striker looked to get a strike in on goal. The rebound falls into the path of Luke Williams but James Meredith manages to bundle the ball behind for a Scunthorpe corner.
8min: Billy Clarke's teasing low in-swinging cross into the middle has the attention of Jon Stead but the striker, who has Andrew Boyce for close company, can't quite reach the ball on the stretch as it bounces through to Scunthorpe 'keeper Sam Slocombe.
0min: Scunthorpe kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Morais, Liddle, Knott, Yeates, Clarke, Stead
Subs: Williams, Sheehan, Hanson, Zoko, Kennedy, Routis, Halliday
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
Halliday for Knott (76), Hanson for Clarke (82), Zoko for Stead (90)
Slocombe, Brindley, Boyce, Llera, M Williams, Bishop, Osbourne, O'Neil, McSheffrey, Williams, Madden
Subs: Olejink, McAllister, Canavan, Hawkridge, Adelakun, Taylor, Davey
Scunthorpe United cautions:
L Williams (36), Osbourne (61)
Scunthorpe United changes:
Adelakun for McSheffrey (83), Taylor for Osbourne (90)
Referee: P Gibbs
Assistant Referee: A Backhouse
Assistant Referee: G Hart
Fourth Official: S Mather