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BRADFORD CITY 1 MILLWALL 3

15 May 2016

at the Coral Windows Stadium
Kick Off: 12:15pm
Millwall 3 (Gregory 15, Morison 34, Martin 45)
Bradford City 1 (McMahon pen 13)
Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs Semi-Final First Leg
Sunday 15 May 2016


Attendance: 19,241 (1,828 visitors)

The Bantams endured a disappointing opening leg to their Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs semi-final with Millwall after losing 3-1 at home to the Lions.


City enjoyed a dream start in the game when Tony McMahon slotted home from the penalty spot after Joe Martin had handled inside the box.


Millwall roared back into the contest less than two minutes later, however, when Lee Gregory fired past Ben Williams after Steve Morison had headed down into the mix from Byron Webster's deep free-kick.


Morison went from provider to scorer roughly ten minutes before the break when he sent a glancing header crashing in from Shane Ferguson's near post corner.


There was still time in the first period for Millwall to increase their advantage even further when Martin found the corner with a curling free-kick from distance on the stroke of half time.


Fired up after the break, City came racing out of the blocks in the second half.


After Lee Evans had seen a shot blocked deep inside the area from a McMahon free-kick, Filipe Morais squandered a golden opportunity to pull one back six yards out when he fired wide after Jamie Proctor had teed him up.


As City continued to boss proceedings following the restart, Proctor saw a penalty appeal turning down midway through the second period despite seemingly being tripped by Mark Beevers inside the box.


Nathan Clarke twice tried to threaten from corners later in the half before Evans fired narrowly wide with a free-kick from outside the box with time running out.


Parkinson's men had one last chance to reduce the deficit ahead of next Friday's second leg at The Den but Evans' curling drive from the edge of the box flew just past the top corner of Archer's goal.


FT: Bradford City 1 Millwall 3
90+2min: Evans takes aim from just outside the box but his curling effort goes narrowly wide of the top corner of Archer's goal.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the game.
90min: SUB - Millwall bring on Shaun Williams for Ferguson.
84min: Evans tries his luck with a direct free-kick from distance and the effort flashes not too far wide of Archer's goal.
82min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Paul Anderson for McMahon.
82min: O'Brien tees the ball up for Morison, who fires in an angled drive from just outside the box that hits the roof of Williams' net.
79min: McMahon's corner delivery bounces into the path of Nathan Clarke but his header for goal is tipped over by Archer.
74min: Reid's hanging cross is headed down into the mix by McMahon but Archer is able to pounce on the loose ball before Davies.
73min: Morison's takes aim from just inside the box as the ball drops into his path and the striker's looping volley goes narrowly over.
72min: Stephen Darby's long clearance over the top finds Proctor in with a run at Millwall's goal with the Lions' two centre halves just behind him. Proctor is able to get the bouncing ball under control and get a shot away from just inside the box but the effort takes a touch off Webster and behind for a corner.
71min: SUB - Millwall bring on Tony Craig for Martin.
70min: Nathan Clarke tries to scramble the ball home as a McMahon corner delivery drops inside the box but Millwall eventually clear their lines.
69min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Steven Davies for Morais.
66min: SUB - Millwall bring on Aiden O'Brien for Gregory.
65min: Proctor plays the ball neatly into Morais inside the box but the attacker's shot on the turn is blocked by Mark Beevers.
58min: Reid's looping cross from the byline with his outside of his boot is met by McMahon but the midfielder's downward header hits the side-netting by Archer's near post.
54min: Proctor does superbly well to rob Carlos Edwards of the ball by the byline before driving into space inside the area. Proctor unselfishly squares for the lurking Morais but his shot for goal from a great position roughly eight yards out is sliced wide.
50min: From McMahon's free-kick, the ball is cleared out as far as Evans around the penalty spot. The Welshman shoots fo but the effort blocked in front of goal before Archer can eventually claim the bouncing ball.
46min:Millwall restart the first leg.
HT: Bradford City 1 Millwall 3
45+2min: Rory McArdle flicks on Nathan Clarke's long throw-in into the box before McMahon connects with a looping header that drops comfortably into Archer's grasp.
45+1min: Gregory volleys comfortably wide of goal with an acrobatic effort from Taylor's right-wing cross.
45min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Millwall 3 - Martin further extends Millwall's advantage in the game when he expertly curls a free-kick into the far corner from roughly 25 yards out.
43min: Lee Evans connects wide McMahon's corner delivery but his downward header bounces comfortably wide of goal.
34min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Millwall 2 - The visitors take the lead for the first time this afternoon when Morison is given enough space to meet Shane Ferguson's near post corner delivery and power a glancing header past Williams.
29min: Morison feeds the ball into the path of Gregory inside the box. The ball bounces back to Morison and the experienced striker fires in a curling drive from roughly fourteen yards out that sails high and wide of Williams' goal.
27min: Proctor knocks the ball into the path of Filipe Morais just inside the area and the Portuguese attacker's left-footed half-volley bounces narrowly wide of Archer's far post.
25min: Gregory flicks the ball forward as the ball bounced to him inside the area before Morison heads for goal with an effort that is comfortably gathered up by Williams.
21min: Taylor gets his head to Morison's cross but the ball drops kindly into the path of Ben Williams, who gathers easily.
21min: Play continues briefly without Gregory as the striker goes off the pitch after receiving treatment before the former FC Halifax striker rejoins the action.
19min: There is a delay to proceedings at the moment as Gregory receives treatment after appearing to damage his knee.
15min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Millwall 1 - The visitors equalise shortly afterwards when Steve Morison heads down a free-kick from deep into the box and Lee Gregory fires in with a shot on the turn from around ten yards out.
13min: GOAL!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Millwall 0 - Despite the delay, McMahon makes no mistake with the penalty, cooling sending Jordan Archer the wrong way by slotting into the bottom corner.
13min: YELLOW CARD - McMahon is booked for pushing Chris Taylor away as the Millwall winger tried to say something to him.
12min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS! City are awarded a penalty when Joe Martin handles in the box after Jamie Proctor had headed Tony McMahon's free-kick into the box across goal.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match and will attack towards the T L Dallas Stand end in the first half.
12:17pm: A minute's applause is held just before kick off as a mark of respect to former City player Chris Mitchell, who sadly passed away just over a week ago.


BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, N Clarke, Meredith, McMahon, Cullen, Evans, Reid, Morais, Proctor

Subs: Cracknell, Morris, Leigh, Routis, Thorpe, Davies, Anderson

Bradford City substitutions:
Davies for Morais (69), Anderson for McMahon (82)

Bradford City cautions:
McMahon (13)



MILLWALL LINE UP:
Archer, Edwards, Beevers, Webster, Martin, Taylor, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson, Morison, Gregory

Subs: Forde, Craig, Williams, Upson, Onyedinma, Nelson, O'Brien

Millwall substitutions:
O'Brien for Gregory (66), Craig for Martin (71), Williams for Ferguson (90)



MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee: D Whitestone
Assistant Referee: J Hunt
Assistant Referee: N Greenhalgh
Fourth Official: R Joyce

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