at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Wigan Athletic 1 (Jacobs 53)
Bradford City 1(Hanson 63)
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 24 October 2015
Attendance: 19,171 (1,296 visitors)
An equaliser from the recalled James Hanson was enough to earn Phil Parkinson's Bantams a creditable point against promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic at the Coral Windows Stadium.
City fell behind early in the second period through Michael Jacobs' strike but Hanson, who came in for the injured Steven Davies, pounced ten minutes later to head home Tony McMahon's corner.
After two set-piece goals during the win over Bury in midweek, it was no surprise that Hanson's leveller had come from a McMahon corner following a number of earlier threatening deliveries from the midfielder.
City had a penalty appeal turned down in the first period when Rory McArdle appeared to be barged into by Max Power as the defender went to contest another McMahon corner, whilst Hanson saw his goal-bound header from a further set-piece headed over the bar by Chris McCann barely a minute later.
With a talented Wigan outfit enjoying good spells of possession through the game though, a point could be seen as a good result for Parkinson's side.
Yanic Wlidschut and Jacobs both went close for the visitors with strikes in the first period. After Hanson's header had restored parity in the game, Latics substitute Grant Holt forced a save from Ben Williams later in the half.
The point extends City's unbeaten run to four games.
FT: Bradford City 1 Wigan Athletic 1
90+5min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Luke James for Cole.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: Cole's pulls the ball back towards the waiting Hanson on the edge of the box but the giant striker's drive on the bounce sails comfortably well over Jaaskelainen's bar.
87min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Gary Liddle for Evans.
87min: Love takes aim from distance but his low drive flashes harmlessly wide of Williams' goal.
86min: A one-two with Davies eventually sees Holt toe-poke for goal from inside the area, with Williams pushing the effort around his near post.
82min: The ball breaks free after a loose touch from Evans and James pounces on possession, firing narrowly over the bar from just outside the area.
79min: YELLOW CARD - McMahon is booked for a late tackle on McCann as the defender looked to clear the ball up field from deep inside his own half.
77min: Jacobs ball across the box towards Davies causes a moment's panic for the Bantams but the striker is flagged offside as the looked to pounce from close range.
76min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Marshall for Reid.
75min: YELLOW CARD - Hanson is booked for bringing down McCann as the defender moved into City's half of the pitch.
68min: SUB - Wigan bring on Craig Davies for Wildschut.
67min: YELLOW CARD - Cole is booked for catching McCann with a high boot as the defender cleared up field from inside his own half.
63min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 - The Bantams are level through Hanson! The striker is first to McMahon's corner delivery and he heads home past Jaaskelainen.
61min: SUB - Wigan bring on Grant Holt for Grigg.
60min: Power latches onto Jacobs' lay-off but the midfielder's side-footed drive from outside the area curls comfortably wide of Williams' goal.
60min: McMahon's wide free-kick delivery finds Hanson inside the box but his header is straight at Jaaskelainen.
58min: Wildschut drives at Darby just inside the box before firing in a fierce cross from a tight angle that crashes into the side-netting by Williams' near post.
55min: As Cole wrestles for possession of the ball instead the box he appears to be blocked off by two Wigan players. Despite home protests though, no penalty is given and Wigan are soon on the attack themselves. Jacobs leads the dangerous break but he elects to try and feed the ball wide to Love instead of shooting but his pass is loose and the ball goes out for a throw-in.
53min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Wigan Athletic 1 - Jacobs has the ball in the net to give the visitors the lead. A loose touch from Evans gives Love a chance to run towards City's penalty area. The Latics substitute lays the ball off to Jacobs just outside the box and the attacker powers a drive past Williams. The Bantams bench seem to feel that Hanson was fouled by David Perkins in the build up but play was allowed to continue and City were punished.
51min: SUB - Wigan bring on Donald Love for Daniels.
49min: McMahon tries his luck from outside the area at an angle and his looping effort on the bounce has to be tipped behind by Jaaskelainen.
47min: McMahon pulls his corner delivery back to a waiting Knott just outside the box. The midfielder's half-volley is blocked by the mid-drift of McCann before Evans' effort on the follow up is deflected behind for another corner.
46min: Wigan restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 0 Wigan Athletic 0
45+1min: YELLOW CARD - Knott is booked, perhaps needlessly, for holding onto the ball too long to prevent Wigan from taking a throw-in deep inside City's half of the pitch.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: Jacobs' shot-come-cross across the box is kicked away by Burke to prevent Grigg behind him from pouncing on the ball in a threatening position.
40min: Grigg has the ball in the net after being played into space in the area behind City's back-line but the flag had already gone up for offside long before he struck home.
33min: A slightly mis-placed pass from Burke inside his own box means McArdle has to stretch for the ball and play it against Wildschut for a goal-kick to get rid of any possible danger.
26min: Jacobs' free-kick effort for goal shortly afterwards following Darby's caution deflects off his own team-mate Grigg and behind for a goal-kick.
25min: YELLOW CARD - Stephen Darby is booking for tripping up Jacobs just outside the box and the Wigan attacker ran threatening towards City's goal.
21min: Yet another McMahon corner - this time Chris McCann is in the right place to head over inside the six yard box following Hanson's own header towards goal.
20min: Another threatening McMahon corner delivery sees McArdle appealing for a push in the box but referee Mr Clark is not interested at all and no penalty is given.
18min: As City keep the pressure on following a couple of corners, McMahon's teasing in-swinging cross into the box from open play is vitally headed behind by Donervon Daniels with Hanson threatening to pounce.
17min: Tony McMahon's near post corner delivery is met by Lee Evans, who sees his diving header deflect narrowly wide off Barnett.
16min: James Meredith loses the ball to Jacobs in a threatening position and McArdle has to be alert to making a sliding intercept to prevent the attacker's low cross finding a lurking Will Grigg in the box.
15min: Power lets rip with an effort from distance that Williams watches go just over his bar.
15min: A short corner routine from the following Wigan set-piece eventually sees Reece James fire in a fizzing cross-come-shot from the byline that Williams has to push over.
14min: Michael Jacobs runs into space inside City's half before driving a low strike from just outside the box that Williams gets his fingertips onto before the ball squirms over the touchline for a corner.
10min: Following a half-cleared City corner, Billy Knott feeds Reece Burke into space down the left flank and young defender crosses into the box and towards Rory McArdle, who flicks a header not too far away from Jaaskelainen's far post.
5min: YELLOW CARD - Max Power is booked for a late lunge on Rory McArdle deep inside City's half as the Bantams defender cleared the ball upfield.
2min: Kyel Reid's low cross towards the near post looks to be going into the gloves of Jussi Jaaskelainen but Leon Barnett appears to get in the way, giving Devante Cole a sniff of winning back the ball right in front of goal. Wigan eventually clear their lines, however, and they are on the attack themselves shortly afterwards. The dangerous Yanic Wildschut drives into the box and runs at an exposed Reece Burke before firing low into the side-netting by Ben Williams' near post.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the Kop in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Evans, Knott, Reid, Hanson, Cole
Subs: Jones, N Clarke, Marshall, Liddle, Leigh, Mottley-Henry, James
Bradford City substitutions:
Marshall for Reid (76), Liddle for Evans (87), James for Cole (90+5)
Bradford City cautions:
Darby (25), Knott (45+1), Cole (67), Hanson (75), McMahon (79)
WIGAN ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Jaaskelainen, Barnett, Morgan, McCann, Daniels, James, Perkins, Power, Jacobs, Wildschut, Grigg
Subs: O'Donnell, Cowie, Davies, Chow, Love, Pearce, Holt
Wigan Athletic substitutions:
Love for Daniels (51), Holt for Grigg (61), Davies for Wildschut (68)
Wigan Athletic cautions:
Referee: R Clark
Assistant Referee: S Lucas
Assistant Referee: W Grunnill
Fourth Official: N Greenhalgh