Tuesday 31 March 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 0
Chesterfield 1 (Harrison 45+1)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 12,551 (521 visitors)
A fortunate goal on the stroke of half time from Chesterfield striker Byron Harrison handed City a harsh defeat this Tuesday at a wet and windy Coral Windows Stadium.
Coming towards the end of a tight and hard-fought first period that had been edged by Phil Parkinson's men, Harrison capitalised on an under-hit header by Gary MacKenzie back towards Ben Williams before slotting home from close range past the Bantams shot-stopper.
Harrison was only on the pitch after being brought up into Chesterfield's starting eleven from the bench following the late withdrawal of fellow striker Armand Gnanduillet.
Chesterfield thought they had doubled their advantage shortly after the break when Sam Hird converted from close range following a Gary Roberts corner but Sam Clucas was flagged for offside.
After that close shave, City huffed and puffed for a way back into the match but their best chance to equalise didn't come until the final minute of normal time.
Substitute Tony McMahon was picked out in the box by Billy Knott's low cross but Blackpool loanee's shot on the stretch from around eight yards out was repelled thanks to a sharp reflex save from Lee via his right boot.
FT: Bradford City 0 Chesterfield 1
90min: There will be six minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: McMahon is denied by a great reaction save via the foot of Lee after the City substitute had been picked out deep inside the box by Knott's low cross.
88min: YELLOW CARD - Zoko is booked for supposedly diving after going down inside the box following the resulting City free-kick into the area from deep.
87min: YELLOW CARD - Morsy is booked dragging back Zoko as the Bantams substitute moved into Chesterfield's half of the pitch.
83min: SUB - The Bantams have brought on Francois Zoko for Darby, with Liddle being given the captain's armband as a result.
83min: Clucas twists and turns into a shooting opportunity with a purposeful run into the area but the attacker's angled drive rises over the bar by Williams' near post.
79min: YELLOW CARD - Dieseruvwe is booked for clattering into McArdle as the Bantams defender went to head the ball away just inside City's half of the pitch.
76min: YELLOW CARD - Clucas is booked for catching Knott with a late tackle midway into City's half of the pitch.
75min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Tony McMahon for Routis.
75min: SUB - Chesterfield bring on Jay O'Shea for Roberts.
71min: SUB - Chesterfield bring on Emmanuel Dieseruvwe for Harrison.
71min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for MacKenzie. Gary Liddle will play as a centre half now following Yeates' introduction.
70min: Hanson jumps highest to reach Routis' cross into the area but the striker's looping header is easily clutched out of the night's sky by Lee.
62min: A short City corner routine finds the feet of Routis but the Frenchman's angled drive from the edge of the area rises comfortably high and wide of Lee's goal.
59min: YELLOW CARD - Darikwa is booked for clipping the legs of Knott just outside the box. Routis floats the resulting free-kick into the area but City are flagged for offside.
57min: Routis' wide free kick delivery towards the far post is headed back across goal by Stead and McArdle sees his close range effort bravely smothered by Lee.
56min: YELLOW CARD - Ryan is booked for blocking off Meredith as the Australian looked to burst down City's left wing.
50min: GOAL....NO! Chesterfield think they have doubled their lead when Sam Hird taps home from close range following a corner routine but the goal is disallowed for offside against Clucas as he challenged Williams for Evatt's initial header.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Chesterfield 1
45+1min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Chesterfield 1 - The visitors take a barely deserved lead right on the stroke of half time when Harrison latches onto Gary MacKenzie's weak attempted header back to Williams before slotting past the Bantams shot-stopper from close range.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: Stead appears to have got the better of Ian Evatt and looks in a good position to fizz a centre across the six yard box from close range but the ball seems to get caught under the striker's feet and Evatt can get back to recover and clear his lines.
45min: After being picked out by Knott, Clarke surges into Chesterfield's area with a purposeful run before sending a hanging cross into the middle. The cross is just to high for Stead over by the far post, however, and the best Christopher Routis behind him can do is prevent the ball going out for a goal-kick.
39min: Knott turns away from Tendayi Darikwa down City's left flank before racing from wide into Chesterfield's penalty area. Knott tries pick one of three team-mates out in the middle but his driven cross from a decent position is headed out by the near post.
37min: Stephen Darby's fizzed ball into the middle hits the knee of Stead from around eight yards out before bouncing over Lee's crossbar and out for a Chesterfield goal-kick.
35min: Rory McArdle seems like he could have been tugged back as he tried to get his head onto Knott's ball into the box from a short City free-kick routine. Nothing is given, however, other than a Chesterfield goal kick as the ball flies out of play.
33min: Clucas' teasing ball into the six yard box just flashes in front of the lurking Harrison before bouncing behind for a City goal-kick.
26min: Jon Stead's effort on the volley is saved by Tommy Lee at his near post after Hanson had headed down Billy Knott's cross into the area towards his strike-partner.
24min: Sam Clucas fires comfortably wide from just outside the box after Byron Harrison had fed Ryan's strike from distance back into his path.
22min: Clarke needs a check-over from Matt Barrass now after being bundled into from behind by Drew Talbot just outside the box. No free-kick is given, however, despite the Irishman having to finish off his treatment from Barrass while play is continuing.
9min: James Hanson gets a toe onto Billy Clarke's teasing cross into the six yard box but the ball still bounces wide of Tommy Lee's goal and out for a goal-kick.
8min: James Meredith is back on his feet after receiving a spot of treatment from Head Physio Matt Barrass following a whack to the face after an aerial tangle with Jimmy Ryan.
3min: Gary Roberts tries his luck from distance with a speculative attempted lob from around 45 yards out and the effort drops not too far over Ben Williams' bar.
0min: Chesterfield kick off the match. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
7:48pm: There appears to be a change to Chesterfield's pre-match line up, with Byron Harrison coming out with the rest of his Chesterfield team-mates instead of fellow striker Arnand Gnanduillet.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, MacKenzie, Meredith, Liddle, Routis, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead
Subs: Urwin, Dolan, Zoko, Yeates, McMahon, Webb-Foster, Mottley-Henry
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
Yeates for MacKenzie (71), McMahon for Routis (75), Zoko for Darby (83)
CHESTERFIELD LINE UP:
Lee, Darikwa, Hird, Evatt, Talbot, Humphreys, Ryan, Morsy, Roberts, Clucas, Gnanduillet
Subs: Flatt, Jones, O'Shea, Raglan, Harrison, Ariyibi, Banks
Ryan (56), Darikwa (59), Clucas (76), Dieseruvwe (79), Morsy (87)
Dieseruwve for Harrison (71), O'Shea for Roberts (75)
Referee: J Simpson
Assistant Referee: N Barnard
Assistant Referee: M Donohue
Fourth Official: M Duncan