at the Northern Commercials Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bolton Wanderers 2 (Wheater 62, Madine 75)
Bradford City 2 (Wyke 10, 16)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 18 February 2017
Attendance: 21,190 (2,519 visitors)
The Bantams were held to a draw by fellow promotion contenders Bolton Wanderers, as the visiting Whites came from two goals down to secure a share of the spoils.
In a powerful opening to the contest from Stuart McCall's men, City deservedly took charge of the match thanks to a double strike from Charlie Wyke within the first sixteen minutes.
Wyke fired City into the lead in the tenth minute when his bobbling strike from just inside the box squirmed through the grasp of Bolton shot-stopper Ben Alnwick and into the net.
With the Northern Commercials Stadium bouncing at this stage, Wyke increased the Bantams' lead six minutes later when he tapped home from close range after Nicky Law had lobbed the ball over the advancing Alnwick.
Bolton, managed by former boss Phil Parkinson on his first return to Valley Parade, created a couple of chances later in the half via Gary Madine but City were full value for their lead at the interval.
The Bantams still looked in control of the contest as the second half got underway but a slightly fortunate goal from David Wheater got the visitors back into the game just past the hour mark.
Bolton managed to keep the ball alive from substitute James Henry free-kick into the box and Wheater was able to find the net with a mishit shot that spun over the line via the inside of the post.
Marshall hit the support post behind Alnwick's goal with a fierce strike from outside the box minutes later, but Bolton crawled their way back level fifteen minutes from time through Madine.
The striker was on hand to header home from close range after being found in space in the middle from Henry's inviting cross.
City responded after the blow of being pegged back, taking the game to Bolton once again in the closing stages.
City sub Timothee Dieng hit the post with a strike from distance, while Wyke, looking for his hat-trick, fired over with a shot on the turn deep inside the box with only three minutes of normal time remaining.
FT: Bradford City 2 Bolton Wanderers 2
90+1min: Madine heads straight at Doyle from Thorpe's cross into the box.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: YELLOW CARD - Tom Thorpe is booked for catching Vincelot with a late tackle inside Bolton's half of the pitch.
89min: YELLOW CARD - Wilkinson is booked for kicking the ball away as McMahon looked to take a free-kick.
88min: SUB - Bolton bring on Conor Wilkinson for Le Fondre.
87min: Wyke fires over on the turn from a decent position in the middle after Meredith's low delivery into the box.
84min: Bolton keep the ball alive from a Morais free-kick from deep into the box. The ball eventually drops at the feet of Solomon-Otabor but the sub's deflected low drive is easily held by Doyle.
82min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Jordy Hiwula for Marshall.
78min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Alex Gilliead for Law.
78min: Dieng hits the post! The Frenchman drives for goal from outside the box and the fierce drive rattles against Alnwick's near post.
75min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Bolton Wanderers 2 - Bolton make the game level thanks to a close range header from Madine. Henry's inviting cross into the middle picks out Madine and the striker converts with a straight forward header past a helpless Doyle.
72min: McMahon's ball over the top has Marshall in with a run at goal but the attacker stumbles over the bar as a recovering Wheater approaches him and Alnwick is able to gather up.
71min: McMahon moves forward deep into Bolton territory but his eventual effort for goal from outside the box curls harmlessly wide of Alnwick's goal.
68min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Timothee Dieng for Clarke.
67min: Marshall turns away from Wheater before firing in a fierce left footed strike that rattles against the support post behind Alnwick's goal.
65min: YELLOW CARD - Cullen is booked for foul on Morais just inside Bolton's half of the pitch.
62min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 - David Wheater pulls a goal back for Bolton. The visitors keep the ball alive following Henry's free-kick into box and Wheater somehow finds the net with a mishit shot that goes in off the post.
61min: Clarke's forward pass picks out Cullen's run into the box but the midfielder's strike goes over the bar.
60min: SUBS - Bolton bring on James Henry and Viv Solomon-Otabor for Moxey and Liam Trotter.
58min: Madine plays a one-two with Vela but his shot for goal from inside the box while under pressure from McArdle goes over.
57min: Law's cross into the box is contested by both Wyke and Alnwick, with the Bolton shot-stopper eventually gathering up the ball on the bounce at third attempt.
51min: McArdle is flagged offside as he heads against the bar following Clarke's ball into the box from a wide free-kick.
49min: Meredith heads over from a decent position in the middle following Marshall's cross into the box.
46min: Bolton restart the match.
HT: Bradford City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: James Meredith's cross into the box is left by Wyke and Marshall, with Clarke eventually firing for goal with a shot that has to be cleared by Mark Beevers on the slide.
43min: YELLOW CARD - Josh Vela is booked for bringing down Marshall as the winger was in full flown surging into Bolton's half of the pitch.
42min: McArdle is back on the pitch.
42min: City are temporarily down to ten men as McArdle goes off the pitch for treatment on a cut above his eye. Vincelot drops back into central defence to cover his absence.
38min: Clarke's low drive from roughly twenty yards out rolls wide of Alnwick's near post.
36min: Madine sends a looping header comfortably over Doyle's crossbar from a Morais corner delivery.
33min: Billy Clarke's teasing corner delivery towards the far post has to be pushed behind by Alnwick with Nathaniel Knight-Percival lurking behind looking for the close range header.
29min: Filipe Morais puts a testing ball into City's area but Madine heads over on the stretch by the far post.
26min: Le Fondre squares the ball across the box to Gary Madine, the powerful striker's shot for goal is parried by Doyle and McMahon is on hand to clear up on the rebound.
19min: Le Fondre latches onto a ball forward and shoots for goal from just inside the box, his effort deflects off Rory McArdle and Doyle has to play save and tip the effort around the post.
16min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0 - Wyke has doubled City's lead! Following Tony McMahon's lofted pass in behind, Nicky Law beats Alnwick to the bouncing ball and lobs the ball goalwards over the 'keeper's head. The ball looks to bouncing somewhere near goal but Wyke is on hand to make sure by tapping in from close range.
10min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 - Wyke has City in the lead! Marshall plays the striker into space just inside the box following a surging run forward and Wyke fires in a strike that bobbles through the grasp of Alnwick and into the net!
10min: The ball is played into the path of Adam Le Fondre inside the area but the striker's low strike for goal from a tight angle is comfortably held by Doyle.
8min: Vincelot's hooked clearance falls into the path of Dean Moxey just outside the box but the left wing back's strike for goal bounces wide of Colin Doyle's far post.
7min: Romain Vincelot tries to play Charlie Wyke in with a run at goal but Bolton shot-stopper Ben Alnwick comes out to the edge of his box to kick away.
0min: With the atmosphere truly electric around the Northern Commercials Stadium, the Bantams kick off. Stuart McCall's men will attack towards The Kop in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Vincelot, Cullen, Law, Marshall, Clarke, Wyke
Subs: Sattelmaier, Darby, Toner, Dieng, Hiwula, Gilliead, Devine
Bradford City substitutions:
Dieng for Clarke (68), Gillead for Law (78), Hiwula for Marshall (82)
Bradford City cautions:
BOLTON WANDERERS LINE UP:
Alnwick, Derik, Beevers, Wheater, Morais, Moxey, Trotter, Thorpe, Vela, Madine, Le Fondre
Subs: Howard, Dervite, Solomon-Otabor, Clayton, Henry, Wilkinson, Perry
Bolton Wanderers substitutions:
Henry for Moxey (60), Solomon-Otabor for Trotter (60), Wilkinson for Le Fondre (88)
Bolton Wanderers cautions:
Vela (43), Wilkinson (89), Thorpe (90)
Referee: E Ilderton
Assistant Referee: J Bell
Assistant Referee: M Webb
Fourth Official: D Webb