Saturday 15 November 2014
Sky Bet League 1
Preston North End 1 (Garner 85)
Bradford City 2 (McArdle 26, Yeates 86)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Attendance: 10,302 (1,310 visitors)
Phil Parkinson's brilliant Bantams ended Preston North End's impressive home league record with a deserved, and dramatic, victory at Deepdale.
Going into the game, Preston hadn't lost in twenty league matches at home - a run that stretched into December last year - but goals from Rory McArdle and Mark Yeates fired City to a memorable away win.
McArdle's first half header direct from an Andy Halliday corner had given Parkinson's men the interval advantage but Preston top scorer Joe Garner looked to have snatch the hosts a share of the spoils when he converted a Callum Robinson cross in the 85th minute.
Only ten seconds after the restart from Garner's goal, however, City bounced back in style from the blow of being pegged back when Filipe Morais' cross found Yeates and the Irishman curled a delightful effort into the far corner from just outside the box.
FT: Preston North End 1 Bradford City 2
90+5min: Reid's cross into the area eventually drops into the path of Garner over by the far side of the penalty area but his effort is scuffed wide.
90+3min: Garner's header from a Robinson cross into the area finds King but his effort is well saved by Pickford. The ball comes to Kevin Davies seconds later but the striker mishits an effort wide.
90+1min: Reid's hanging cross into the area is volleyed across the six yard box by Jack King before going out for a goal-kick.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: Kilkenny's cross into the box is headed over the bar by Huntington.
88min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Alan Sheehan for Morais.
86min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Preston North End 1 Bradford City 2 - Unbelievably, Yeates has City back in front less than a minute later! Morais' cross drops into the path of Yeates just outside the box. The Irishman turns into shooting space on his right foot before curling a delightful effort into the far corner.
85min: GOAL - Preston North End 1 Bradford City 1 - Garner has Preston level with time running out. Robinson's low cross into the box has City on the back-foot and Garner pounces to fire home from close range.
83min: Robinson's fizzing ball across the six yard box looks set to be tapped in by Garner by the far post but Darby does brilliantly to get himself between the ball and the striker to turn it over for a corner.
81min: Tom Clarke's long ball forward is headed on by Garner into the path of Kevin Davies but the striker's flick for goal is held by Pickford.
80min: Yeates' delivery from the following corner is flicked on by Hanson and then Andrew Davies into the path of McArdle but the defender, who is positioned roughly in the middle of Preston's penalty area, doesn't connect properly with his attempted left-footed volley and the chance is gone.
80min: Stead is denied by Jones at close range from a relatively tight angle deep inside the box after the striker had latched onto Hanson's headed flick on from a Pickford kick forward.
79min: SUB - Preston bring on Kyel Reid for Humphrey.
77min: Laird's in-swinging cross finds Garner but the striker's powerful header from deep inside the area is wayward.
76min: SUB - The Bantams bring on James Hanson for Clarke.
71min: Morais drives inside from his right flank position before letting rip with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area that fizzes just wide of the target.
70min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Gary Liddle for Halliday.
68min: Yeates' corner delivery is headed comfortably wide on the stretch by Halliday over by the far post.
65min: SUBS - Preston bring on Scott Laird and Kevin Davies for Buchanan and Gallagher respectively.
64min: Darby's cross into the area finds Clarke, who pops the ball up into the path of Stead. The striker heads for goal from around eight yards out but the effort goes wide.
63min: Gallagher's cut-back from the byline tees up team-mate Robinson but the attacker's left-footed low drive whistles narrowly wide of Pickford's far post.
62min: Filipe Morais' cross into the area eventually drops into the path of the lurking Halliday, who sees his shot blocked from just inside the box. The ball falls to Jason Kennedy seconds later but his drive is wayward.
58min: Humphrey's hanging ball towards the far post is headed back across goal by Garner but Pickford is able to pluck the ball out of the sky just ahead of an on-rushing Kilkenny.
53min: Running with the ball, Yeates strikes for goal from outside the box but the rising effort goes wide of Jones' goal.
51min: Darby clears off the line! Callum Robinson's cross into the area finds Garner lurking but the striker's goal-bound header is blocked on the line by the body of Darby. The ball is still free but Humphrey's drive for goal on the rebound is pushed behind by Pickford.
50min: Humphrey's teasing ball into the six yard box whistles across Pickford's goal. Robinson rescues the situation over the far byline but his cut-back towards Kilkenny is blocked out by McArdle.
46min: The Bantams restart the game.
HT: Preston North End 0 Bradford City 1
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
44min: Clarke just beats Paul Huntington to Stead's headed flick on from a Pickford kick but the striker's flick for goal lacks the power required to trouble Jones, who gathers with relative ease.
43min: Alan Browne feeds the ball into Gallagher, who strikes for goal first time from the edge of the area but the quick snap-shot fails to catch out Pickford, who gathers up the ball comfortably.
38min: Oh so close for City! Halliday's corner delivery to the far post is met by Andrew Davies, who sends a looping header goalwards. The ball looks for a second like it could be dropping in over the line but Tom Clarke on Preston's goal-line just about does enough to stop the effort from going in.
35min: James Meredith's long throw-in into the box is flicked on by Stead but the ball just bounces out of the reach of Clarke and Morais around the edge of Preston's six yard box before the hosts can clear their lines.
29min: Gallagher's low free-kick shot for goal from just outside the area deflects wide of Pickford's near post for a corner. City have a job on clearing their lines from the resulting corner after the initial delivery from Gallagher eventually finds Humphrey over by the far side. The pacey winger's teasing cross back into the area has to be headed away from deep within the six yard box before Neil Kilkenny's strike inside the area is blocked away. Preston are still pushing until Gallagher's drive, again from inside the area, bounces wide of Pickford's near post.
26min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Preston North End 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams have the lead through McArdle! The central defender jumps highest to reach Halliday's corner delivery and his header goes in off the far post.
18min: David Buchanan's hanging cross is met by Garner but the striker's header is on the stretch and the effort loops up comfortably over Jordan Pickford's crossbar.
16min: After collecting the ball from Andy Halliday, Clarke moves into space on his left foot but his low angled drive from just outside the box goes wide of Jones' far post.
13min: Joe Garner wriggles his way into shooting space inside City's area but his goal-bound strike is blocked by the outstretched leg of Rory McArdle.
12min: Yeates whips in a fizzing free-kick delivery from wide but the testing effort is held by Jones at his near post.
7min: It seems Mark Yeates has required a spot of treatment pitch-side, perhaps for his long-standing shoulder injury. Either way, the winger is back on the pitch 30 seconds or so later to bring City back up to their full allocation.
5min: Billy Clarke's ball over the top sees Jon Stead in behind Preston's defence with only Jack King for company. Stead takes on the shot first time from just outside the area but his strike on the half-volley sails over Jamie Jones' bar.
0min: Preston kick off the match.
PRESTON NORTH END LINE UP:
Jones, Clarke, King, Huntington, Buchanan, Browne, Kilkenny, Humphrey, Gallagher, Robinson, Garner
Subs: Stuckmann, Laird, Davies, Holmes, Reid, Welsh, Ryan
Preston North End changes:
Laird for Buchanan (65), Davies for Gallagher (65), Reid for Humphrey (79)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Morais, Kennedy, Halliday, Yeates, Clarke, Stead
Subs: Williams, Dolan, Sheehan, Liddle, Hanson, Knott, Routis
Bradford City changes:
Liddle for Halliday (70), Hanson for Clarke (76), Sheehan for Morais (88)
Referee: A Haines
Assistant Referee: M D'Aguilar
Assistant Referee: K Mulraine
Fourth Official: M Bristow