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Bradford City 1 Plymouth Argyle 0
City got back to winning ways tonight but the gloss was taken off the win by another serious injury to a centre half.
John Egan had to be stretchered off early on with reports that he had broken his tibia and fibula.
The on-loan Sunderland defender went down in agony as he landed awkwardly from a header. He had to be stretchered off after the game was stopped for five minutes.
City took the lead after 21 minutes as Gary Jones claimed his second goal of the season after good work by James Hanson and Nahki Wells.
Plymouth offered very little in the first half but almost equalised in the lengthy spell of stoppage time, Matt Duke saving superbly from Jamie Lowry.
And they had another great chance at the start of the second half, Alex MacDonald firing well wide when going clear from a long clearance by keeper Rene Gilmartin.
Plymouth came more into the match after the break as City lost their way for a spell. Will Atkinson nearly had a late goal against his former loan club but the solitary Jones strike proved to be enough.
Two minutes of stoppage time to negotiate for City now.
Rory McArdle now up against his Northern Ireland squad mate Warren Feeney as Plymouth make another sub to replace MacDonald.
Will Atkinson had chance to score against his former loan club but goes for placement rather than power and Gilmartin saves his low curler. Seven minutes of normal time remain.
Good to see Ritchie Jones returning to the fray. He replaces the anonymous Thompson with ten minutes left.
Plymouth win their first corner of the game but Lowry's kick headed wide by Chadwick. Connell coming on for City, replacing Wells.
Plymouth make their first sub as Harvey replaces Cowan-Hall with 16 minutes left. City pushing for that second goal but no serious threat yet.
As things stand we are 4th #bcafc— @medwaybantam 20 November 2012
Jones fires well over bar after Hanson flicks on long throw. City still need that breathing space of a second goal. Plymouth looking much livelier since half-time.
Plymouth taking the game to us now, some sloppy defending from us. #bcafc #pafc— @ChristianMeah 20 November 2012
MacDonald has massive chance from Gilmartin's long clearance but shoots well, well wide. Should have put Plymouth level.
Club fear he has broken tibia as well as fibia.
Think the Egan injury could be more serious than originally thought.
No changes from either side at half-time.
duke is brilliant #bcafc— @Danniella_May_ 20 November 2012
Great save from Duke to deny Lowry right on the stroke of half-time. Warning to City that they need a second goal to kill this one off.
Not a great game to watch but City look pretty comfortable so far. Plymouth had one attacking run from MacDonald that was stopped by Jones just inside the box.
Six minutes of injury time at end of first half for the Egan injury.
RT @werockin: All the best to John Egan hope he as a speedy recovery. #safc #bcafc— @GrannyShaz 20 November 2012
@ParkerTandA Definite broken leg Simon.Sat in kop+saw it. Nothing happened,he just landed awkwardly under a little pressure.Very sad #bcafc— @PaulFixter 20 November 2012
Plymouth have conceded the first goal in seven previous games before tonight - and lost them all.
Egan has broken his right fibia, just been told.
City take the lead after 21 minutes. Wells and Hanson battle for a loose ball and it drops to skipper Gary Jones who scuffed home from ten yards.
The game is stopped for five minutes as Egan is treated but it looks nasty. Standing ovation as he is stretchered off pitch.
That's three centre halves City have lost now. Carl McHugh comes on as the natural replacement.
City's injury jinx has struck again as John Egan goes down with serious-looking ankle injury. Stretcher comes on for the young centre half.
Plymouth with every one back defending bar Nick Chadwick when City go forward.
RT @RHannah10: Good luck City back to winning ways an Hanson to score can feel it !! #bcafc— @_tomBCAFC 20 November 2012
City making the positive start that Phil Parkinson wanted, attacking Plymouth's right hand side. Crowd in good voice too.
As expected, Garry Thompson starting on right side of midfield with Will Atkinson on the left.
Big respect to Plymouth fans who've made journey on Tuesday night to #bcafc Must be about 70. Let's send em back empty handed.— @mickswales 20 November 2012
James Hanson has extra reason to end his 15-game goal drought tonight after becoming a dad last night to a new daughter.
Plymouth have lost five of their last six games - the only decent result in that run was a 2-2 home draw with leaders Gillingham.
Plymouth veteran centre half Darren Purse starts a three-match ban for his red card at Fleetwood on Saturday. Maxime Blanchard replaces him.
PLYMOUTH: Gilmartin, Berry, Blanchard, Nelson, Bhasera, Cowan-Hall, Lowry, Hourihane, Gurrieri, Chadwick, MacDonald. Subs: Feeney, Madjo, Lennox, Richards, Harvey, S Griffiths, Cole.
Full backs James Meredith and Stephen Darby made welcome returns from injury for City's home clash with Plymouth.
And Phil Parkinson made another change in midfield with Garry Thompson replacing Craig Forsyth, who was subbed at half-time on Saturday after a disappointing display.
Will Atkinson was expected to line up on the left side as City stuck with a 4-4-2.
Ritchie Jones was back among the subs after recovering from the back injury he suffered in the gym.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Egan, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, G Jones, Atkinson, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Ravenhill, R Jones, Connell, McHugh, Naylor, Forsyth, McLaughlin.
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