Saturday 21 March 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 2 (Stead 10, Routis 50)
Fleetwood Town 2 (Proctor 86, Pond 90+2)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 12,963 (176 visitors)
The Bantams let probable victory slip through their grasp at home to Fleetwood Town this Saturday as the visitors registered two late goals to snatch a barely-deserved point from their trip to the Coral Windows Stadium.
Leading through goals from Jon Stead and Christopher Routis, Phil Parkinson's men looked on course for a comfortable victory as time ticked down but Fleetwood received a life-line in the 86th minute when Jamie Proctor headed home Tyler Forbes' cross.
With their tails up at this stage, Fleetwood remarkably went one stage better in the second minute of injury time when Nathan Pond slammed home past Ben Williams from inside the box to leave City stunned.
Before the late Fleetwood drama, Stead had given Parkinson's side the lead early into the first period when he pounced from close range after visiting 'keeper Chris Maxwell had got a hand on Billy Clarke's invitingly ball across the six yard box.
The Bantams doubled their advantage shortly after the break when Routis arrived to meet James Hanson's centre across goal and beat Maxwell by his near post in front of a delighted Kop.
Stead and Routis' interventions seemed to have set City on course for a routine victory on home soil but Parkinson's troops were left to think of what might have been following Fleetwood's unexpected late revival.
Despite Fleetwood's injury time leveller, City still had a chance to win it in the final seconds but substitute Francois Zoko fired wide after Hanson's headed knock-down had eventually dropped into his path inside the box.
FT: Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 2
90+5min: So close from Zoko! Hanson heads McArdle's long punt forward down into the mix and towards Clarke. The Irishman is denied by a tackle from Roberts but the ball stills falls into the path of Zoko, who fires narrowly wide of Maxwell's far post with a low strike from around ten yards out.
90+4min: Forbes' teasing cross-come-shot across goal flicks off the head of Proctor before going out for a goal-kick past Williams' far post.
90+2min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 2 - The visitors have equalised deep in injury time when City fail to clear their lines inside the box and Nathan Pond pounces to fire home past Williams.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
86min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 1 - Proctor halves City's advantage when he heads home from around eight yards out following Tyler Forbes' cross into the area.
82min: SUB - Fleetwood bring on Ashley Hunter for Dobbie.
81min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Francois Zoko for Stead.
80min: Josh Morris' delivery into the box from a wide free-kick isn't cleanly punched away by Williams and City have to scramble the ball away as Fleetwood threaten inside the area.
79min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Matthew Dolan for Routis.
72min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Andy Halliday for Yeates.
66min: SUB - Fleetwood bring on David Ball for Chicksen.
64min: Sarcevic plays Adam Chicksen into space over by Fleetwood's left flank and the left back fires narrowly over Williams' bar with a rising strike from just outside the box.
59min: Yeates' delivery from the resulting wide free-kick is pushed away by Maxwell just ahead of the lurking McArdle before Schumacher kicks the ball behind for a corner before Clarke can look to pounce on the loose ball.
59min: YELLOW CARD - Conor McLaughlin is booked for dragging back Stead as the striker looked to look chase down a ball played into Fleetwood's left channel.
58min: Schumacher's low drive from distance is held by Williams as he scrambles across his goal to save by his near post.
54min: SUB - Fleetwood bring on Antoni Sarcevic for Stewart Murdoch.
53min: Clarke drives into the area with menace before seeing his low drive with a right-foot repelled by Maxwell. The ball bounces up into the path of Hanson but the striker's header on the rebound is clutched out of the sky by the Fleetwood shot-stopper.
50min: GOAL!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 0 - Routis doubles City's lead! Hanson does brilliantly well to reach Clarke's ball over the top and cross from the byline on the stretch. The centre goes across Fleetwood's goal before Routis steals in to convert home from close range past Maxwell at his near post.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 1 Fleetwood Town 0
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: YELLOW CARD - McArdle is booked for catching Schumacher late as the pair challenge for the ball in an aerial tangle just inside Fleetwood's penalty area.
43min: Dobbie turns away from McArdle inside the area before firing in a rising cross-come-shot that sails over Williams' bar.
39min: Steven Schumacher forces Williams to push his free-kick around the post following the Fleetwood's midfielder direct drive from distance.
36min: YELLOW CARD - Mark Roberts is booked for Fleetwood for catching Stephen Darby with a late tackle as the right back gets a cross in over by City's right flank.
34min: Dobbie's sliced shot across goal is met by the lurking Jamie Proctor but the striker's header from around eight yards out goes over Williams' bar.
20min: Clarke runs towards the area from midway into Fleetwood's half before firing in a low drive from just outside the visitors' box that flies just wide of Maxwell's goal.
17min: Yeates' in-swinging cross-come-shot has to be pushed away by Maxwell to prevent the ball from dropping into the far corner of his goal.
17min: Gary Liddle plays the ball into the area from wide and Christopher Routis gets in a looping header that Maxwell has to tip over the bar.
14min: Dobbie fires in a shot on the turn from just outside the box but the effort takes a slight deflection off the boot of the recovering Clarke and Williams is able to slide across his goal to prevent the effort going out for a corner.
12min: Stephen Dobbie volleys for goal from an angle inside City's penalty area but the effort bounces wide of Ben Williams' near post.
10min:GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Fleetwood Town 0 - Stead fires City into the lead! Maxwell gets a hand onto Billy Clarke's low cross into the six yard box but Stead is on hand to fire home the loose ball from close range.
7min: Maxwell has to dive at the feet of James Hanson just outside the six yard box to prevent the forward from latching onto Jon Stead's low ball across the area.
6min: Mark Yeates' teasing delivery from a wide free-kick finds the run of Rory McArdle but the defender's glancing header bounces just wide of Chris Maxwell's far post.
0min: Fleetwood Town kick off the match. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:'
Williams, Darby, McArdle, MacKenzie, Meredith, Liddle, Routis, Yeates, Clarke, Stead, Hanson
Subs: Alnwick, Dolan, Sheehan, Knott, Zoko, Halliday, Mottley-Henry
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
Halliday for Yeates (72), Dolan for Routis (79), Zoko for Stead (81)
FLEETWOOD TOWN LINE UP:
Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Roberts, Chicksen, Schumacher, Murdoch, Morris, Forbes, Proctor, Dobbie
Subs: Moore, Evans, Sarcevic, Ball, McAlinden, Hunter, Crainey
Fleetwood Town cautions:
Roberts (36), McLaughlin (59)
Fleetwood Town changes:
Sarcevic for Murdoch (54), Ball for Chicksen (66), Hunter for Dobbie (82)
Referee: S Martin
Assistant Referee: J Hull
Assistant Referee: R Jones
Fourth Official: P Cook