Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bradford City 1 (Proctor 65)
Port Vale 1 (Leitch-Smith 2)
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 23 January 2016
at Vale Park
Attendance: 4,849 (616 visitors)
Ten-man City fought back from the dismissal of Lee Evans early after the restart to collect a deserved share of the spoils thanks to a goal from debutant Jamie Proctor.
Proctor swooped to head home half time substitute Mark Marshall's cross in front of the travelling City supporters roughly halfway through the second period.
Proctor's equaliser came after Valiants striker Ajay Leitch-Smith had given the home side a second minute lead when he broke City's offside trap to slot past Ben Williams.
Evans was given a straight red card for a lunging challenge on Vale midfielder Anthony Grant around the halfway line four minutes after the half time break.
The afternoon could have got even better for Phil Parkinson's men just minutes after Proctor's leveller but Reece Burke was denied an eye-catching goal when his fierce rising drive was superbly tipped over by former Bantams loanee 'keeper Jak Alnwick.
Given their numerical disadvantage, City had to withstand some territorial pressure from their hosts as time ticked down in the contest.
Despite the help of five minutes of injury time though, Vale never truly looked like threatening Williams' goal - restricted purely to efforts from distance - as City collected a fully-merited point from their trip to Vale Park.
FT: Port Vale 1 Bradford City 1
90+2min: Kelly's drive from outside the area flashes just wide of goal.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Kelly works the ball short to Ryan McGivern from a Vale free-kick but the defender's driven strike from outside the box rolls wide.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Christopher Routis for Reid.
86min: SUB - Vale bring on Michael Brown for Foley.
84min: YELLOW CARD - Grant is booked for catching Davies as the striker ran forward into Vale territory.
81min: YELLOW CARD - Dickinson is booked for catching McMahon with a high boot as the Bantams midfielder looks to clear a bouncing ball up field.
77min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Steven Davies for Proctor.
72min: SUBS - Vale bring on Byron Moore and Colin Daniel for Dodds and Hooper.
71min: McArdle heads wide from McMahon's wide free-kick delivery into the box.
69min: So close from Burke! Marshall's blocked cross drops into the path of Burke just inside the box and his stunning rising drive is superbly tipped over by Alnwick. That was bound for the top corner until the Vale 'keeper's intervention!
68min: Hooper's curling shot from wide just outside the box is held by Williams.
67min: Moving in-field from Vale's left flank, Dickinson tries a strike with his weaker right foot from outside the box but it sails harmlessly wide of goal.
65min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Port Vale 1 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams are level through debutant Proctor! Marshall's cross from the right finds Proctor and the loanee striker power a header into the net!
62min: Hooper's cut-back finds Grant lurking just outside the box and his side-footed effort for goal takes a deflection off the diving Meredith before going narrowly wide of the post.
60min: A loose clearance from Williams following a less than ideal back-pass from Reid lands at the feet of Foley few yards outside the box. Foley gets a shot away early but Williams is comfortably in position to watch the ball fly over his bar.
54min: Sam Kelly's drive from outside the box deflects wide for a corner. Sam Foley's resulting set-piece delivery goes all the way through to Duffy just past the far post. The defender fires across goal and narrowly past the opposite post with an angled drive from close range that takes a touch off McArdle on its way out of play.
49min: RED CARD - A big blow for the Bantams here as Evans is given a straight red card following a lunging tackle on Anthony Grant around the halfway line.
46min: Port Vale restart the match.
HT SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Marshall for Liddle just before the start of the second period.
HT: Port Vale 1 Bradford City 0
45+2min: After beating Evans to a loose ball in the midfield, Grant strides forward deep into City territory before curling a rising drive over the bar from outside the box.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
40min: Proctor heads wide of the near post following James Meredith's out-swinging cross into the box.
39min: Evans' cross from the left is glanced on by McArdle towards goal but Carl Dickinson is able to head clear. After McMahon, Gary Liddle and Billy Clarke had combined to keep the attack alive, the ball breaks out to Evans seconds later but the Welshman's low drive from outside the area rolls wide of goal.
36min: Evans' free-kick from wide looks to pick out Reece Burke by the far post but Alnwick is able to gather up the flighted ball.
31min: Evans' direct free-kick from roughly 25 yards out is held by Alnwick.
27min: Following Proctor's lay-off into his feet from a throw-in, Evans fires in a low left-footed drive from outside the area that is held by Alnwick.
26min: Adam Yates' fizzed cross into the box is narrowly missed by the head of Dodds in the box, and then by Leitch-Smith who was lurking around the far post, as the ball eventually goes out for a goal-kick.
23min: McArdle rises highest to meet McMahon's free-kick delivery into the box from wide but the defender's glancing header goes a yard or so wide of goal.
18min: Tony McMahon heads Lee Evans' hanging cross into the box down into the path of Billy Clarke. The Irishman evades a couple of Vale players before firing the ball low across the six yard box, unfortunately just behind strike-partner Jamie Proctor.
10min: City lose possession in the middle of the park, allowing Vale to spring forward on the attack. With Vale now in City's penalty box, JJ Hooper fires across goal with a low drive that is pushed out by Williams before a stretching Leitch-Smith fires over with the rebound from close range.
9min: Kyel Reid turns his man before surging towards Vale's penalty area. Reid lets rip with a low angled drive from outside the box but the low effort rolls wide of Jak Alnwick's far post.
7min: Louis Dodds strains to keep the ball in play by the byline, crossing into the middle towards the lurking Leitch-Smith. Rory McArdle and Leitch-Smith both strive to reach the cross first before the ball hits off the striker's out-stretched leg and over Williams' bar.
2min: GOAL - Port Vale 1 Bradford City 0 - The Bantams concede the game's opening goal in only the second minute. A ball in behind City's back-line from the right from Richard Duffy sees Ajay Leitch-Smith beat the offside trap before calmly slotting past Ben Williams from inside the box.
0min: The Bantams kick off the game.
PORT VALE LINE UP:
Alnwick, Yates, Duffy, McGivern, Dickinson, Hooper, Grant, Foley, Kelly, Dodds, Leitch-Smith
Subs: Neal, Purkiss, Daniel, Brown, Moore, Inniss, Campion
Port Vale substitutions:
Moore for Dodds (72), Daniel for Hooper (72), Brown for Foley (86)
Port Vale cautions:
Dickinson (81), Grant (84)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Liddle, Evans, Reid, B Clarke, Proctor
Subs: Cracknell, Marshall, Morris, Leigh, Routis, Davies, James
Bradford City substitutions:
Marshall for Liddle (46), Davies for Proctor (77), Routis for Reid (89)
Bradford City dismissals:
Referee: L Swabey
Assistant Referee: T Bramall
Assistant Referee: T Kirk
Fourth Official: M Griffiths