Monday 9 February 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 2 (Clarke 57, Hanson 70)
Milton Keynes Dons 1 (Alli 54)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 11,948 (136 visitors)
A brilliant team performance from Phil Parkinson's Bantams saw City deservedly come from behind to defeat promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes Dons in an entertaining televised clash.
Despite being the stronger side for most of the game up until that point, City fell behind in the 54th minute when Jonson Clarke-Harris latched onto a loose Jordan Pickford kick to set up Dele Alli to slot home from close range.
City roared back into the contest just three minutes later, however, when the recalled Billy Clarke latched onto a Gary Liddle header before firing past David Martin in the MK Dons from deep inside the box.
With Parkinson's men continuing to look the more forceful side in front of the Sky Sports cameras, James Hanson gave City the lead twenty minutes from the end when he beat Martin to Jon Stead's through-ball to slide home.
Carl Baker enjoyed a rare chance to get MK Dons level in the 83rd minute when he swooped onto substitute Devante Cole's flick on but his low drive from around twelve yards was superbly pushed around the post by Pickford.
FT: Bradford City 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: YELLOW CARD - Powell is booked for bringing down Stead around the halfway line.
88min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Andy Halliday for Knott.
85min: Hanson's downward header into the pitch from a Morais corner looks to be bouncing up off the turf and into the corner of the goal but a watchful Hodson on the line flicks the ball around the post with a glancing header.
83min: What a save from Pickford! Cole's flick on from a cross into the box finds Baker lurking but the midfielder's low goal-bound shot from around twelve yards is superbly pushed round the post by a stunning reaction save from Pickford!
81min: YELLOW CARD - Darren Potter is booked for blocking off Knott midway into MK Dons' half.
80min: Morais' corner delivery is headed down into the six yard box by Hanson but Davies scoops over with a first time prod for goal from close range.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Clarke.
79min: Baker turns away from the attentions of Knott and Hanson before drilling a strike from the edge of the box narrowly past the box.
73min: SUBS - MK Dons bring on Devante Cole and Will Grigg for Andrews and Clarke-Harris respectively.
72min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booked for a late tackle on Baker just inside MK Dons' half of the pitch.
70min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1 - Hanson has City in front! Stead's well-placed through ball draws Martin out but Hanson is onto the pass first and he slots past the 'keeper from around twelve yards out.
66min: YELLOW CARD - After committing a few earlier fouls in the match, Meredith is cautioned for tugging back Baker just inside MK Dons' half of the pitch.
63min: Baker's drive straight from a free-kick just outside the box stings the hands of Pickford. The shot-stopper can't keep hold of the powerful drive and the ball hits off the lurking Lee Hodson from close range before bouncing just wide of the post.
57min: SUB - Milton Keynes Dons bring on Daniel Powell for Green.
57min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Milton Keynes Dons 1 - The Bantams are deservedly level through Clarke! After Morais' cross is cleared out, Liddle heads the ball back into the area and into the path of Clarke. The Irish striker kills the looping ball with a great first touch before racing forward and slotting past Martin from around eight yards out.
55min: Meredith's low cross into the area finds Stead but the striker's shot on the turn from around eight yards out is blocked.
54min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1 - Against the run of play, MK Dons take the lead through Ali. A poor Pickford kick on the bobbly Valley Parade pitch drops straight into the path of Clarke-Harris just outside the box. Clarke-Harris moves into the box before feeding the ball to Alli, who slots past Pickford with a composed finish from around eight yards out.
51min: Kay rises up to get his head onto Green's free-kick from deep into the box but his far post header drops kindly into the clutches of Pickford.
47min: A great start by the Bantams. Knott whips over two fantastic crosses in quick succession before the continued City pressures sees Morais force a corner off Lewington.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0
45+2min: An unmarked Keith Andrews sees his shot blocked following a Green corner before City counter-attack with real menace. A one-two between Clarke and Knott sees the former sprint forward towards MK Dons' goal. Now in the area, Clarke sees his eventual strike on goal - a low angled drive - bobble wide of Martin's far post.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: Following an initial cross into the box by Clarke, Stead loops the ball back into the mix and McArdle manages to head down right into the mix. Liddle is lurking for a close range range strike but Spence is crucially a second quicker onto the ball and hooks clear.
41min: Morais drops a corner delivery right on the money in the middle of the six yard box and Lewington has to vitally head over the bar to prevent Davies from threatening from close range.
39min: Knott's ball over the top has Jordan Spence in a spot of bother and the central defender can only slice an attempted clearance in the opposite direction to way he had surely intended, resulting in the ball looping up past Martin and out for a corner.
38min: Clarke works himself a yard of shooting space but his low left-footed drive from outside the area is dragged wide of Martin's near post.
37min: YELLOW CARDS - Morais and Baker are both booked after a spot of barging following a brief challenge for the ball just in front of the visiting dug-out.
35min: YELLOW CARD - Kay is booked for catching Clarke late as he fed Stead the ball for his earlier shot on goal.
34min: Clarke nips away from Kay and plays the ball into the path of Jon Stead but the striker's low effort from just inside the box bounces into the clutches of Martin.
27min: Pickford is able to watch Green's curling effort direct from a free-kick just outside the box go wide of his far post.
25min: Danny Green's ball from deep finds the run of Clarke-Harris just inside the area but the striker's first time effort on the volley, seemingly off his knee, bounces up and over the Jordan Pickford's bar.
19min: After a brief spell with Gary Liddle covering at centre half, Davies is able to carry on and join back in with play.
16min: Andrew Davies is down and receiving some treatment after appearing to injury himself while tackling Dele Alli a few yards outside City's penalty area.
16min: Jonson Clarke-Harris bursts clear of McArdle inside the box but his fierce strike across goal from the byline sails past everyone and out the other side of the box.
15min: Hanson heads Morais' resulting corner delivery right down into the heart of MK Dons' six yard box but Anthony Kay is on hand to vitally kick clear.
14min: Filipe Morais tries to threat after latching onto Hanson's headed knock-down following a Rory McArdle free kick from deep but his strike from just inside the box is deflected behind via a block from Dean Lewington.
9min: James Meredith's long throw-in into the box is headed down by James Hanson but Billy Clarke's rising strike on the half-volley from just inside the box sails over David Martin's bar.
7min: Carl Baker's pull back from the left finds Darren Potter lurking just inside the area. The midfielder strikes for goal but his effort is deflected behind for a corner by the frame of Billy Knott.
0min: MK Dons kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead
Subs: Williams, Sheehan, Zoko, Yeates, MacKenzie, Routis, Halliday
Bradford City cautions:
Morais (37), Meredith (66), Clarke (72)
Bradford City changes:
Yeates for Clarke (80), Halliday for Knott (88)
MILTON KEYNES DONS LINE UP:
Martin, Hodson, Spence, Kay, Lewington, Potter, Andrews, Baker, Alli, Green, Clarke-Harris
Subs: McLoughlin, Grigg, Powell, Baldock, Hitchcock, Carruthers, Cole
Milton Keynes Dons cautions:
Kay (35), Baker (37), Potter (81), Powell (90)
Milton Keynes Dons changes:
Powell for Green (57), Cole for Andrews (73), Grigg for Clarke-Harris (73)
Referee: P Tierney
Assistant Referee: M Denton
Assistant Referee: W Smallwood
Fourth Official: T Harrington