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Bradford City 2 Accrington 1
Alan Connell came off the bench to nod a priceless City winner against ten-man Accrington.
Stanley looked set to extend their Valley Parade jinx despite playing the final quarter of the game with one less after Dean Winnard was sent off.
But Connell clinched a vital home win four minutes from the end, nodding home a cross from fellow sub Kyel Reid.
Garry Thompson had fired City in front in the first half with a neatly-struck drive – his first league goal for the club.
But Accrington, unbeaten in their previous ten trips to Valley Parade, levelled with 11 minutes left through Rommy Boco.
Another Accrington booking, Nsiala gets a yellow for a foul on Reid.
Relief all round but City still need to negotiate four added minutes.
City back in front after 86 minutes as CONNELL heads home near post from Reid cross. 2-1
Good cross from Reid but just too far in front of Hanson. Air of desperation about City's play now.
Kyel Reid comes on for Will Atkinson, nine minutes of normal time left.
Joyce free-kick drops for Boco who drives through crowd of players and then celebrates with whole team in front of dug-out.
Its 1-1 as Accy equalise through BOCO
Liddle booked for foul on Thompson.
Drum in Kop getting louder as home fans grow bit more confident. Still not been the most convincing performance.
Accrington not happy that ref allows play to go on while player down waiting for treatment.
Crowd is 11,181 with 188 Accrington fans.
Second City sub as Connell replaces Wells. The sub is subbed...
City against ten men now and almost cash in straight away as Thompson drives just over bar.
Winnard in trouble after foul on Wells. Already booked.
Accrington protest furiously with referee Geoff Eltringham - who ignores them and sends the centre half packing...
Bit of disquiet in the home crowd as things not going all City's way now.
Joyce booked for catching Hanson late.
City have lost their way since half-time and not keeping the ball like they were.
Duke eases the pressure by catching Accrington corner.
Very good spell for Stanley with Lindfield at the thick of it.
Fantastic save from Duke to tip away Lindfield shot that was destined for far corner.
Scare for City as Boco's low header flies across goal-mouth.
City struggle to deal with it but Duke saves from Lindfield's low shot on the turn. Accrington's first effort on goal.
Naylor clears behind from Liddle cross to give Accrington early corner.
Accrington sub for second half as Marcus Carver replaces Lee Molyneux.
Good first half, could’ve been two or three. #bcafc— @Cal_BCFC 26 December 2012
Half-time and City deserve to be in front.
Meredith cross knocked down by Thompson but Hanson slips as he tries to react to loose ball.
Wells nearly nips in between two defenders chasing long clearance from Duke.
Three minutes of added time to play.
Hines being replaced by Nahki Wells, 2 mins til half-time.
Hines down again nowhere near ball. Heading slowly to sideline for treatment.
Atkinson almost exploits the gap as Accrington struggle to deal with Meredith long throw. Eventually falls for Doyle to blast into Kop.
Murphy gets in a tangle and almost gifts ball to Hines. But City striker drops to the floor claiming he's been caught in the face by flailing arm.
Winnard booked for foul on Hines - in exactly same place where he got him ahad of the goal. This time the free-kick is overhit.
Garry Thompson is getting good at this scoring lark isn't he? #bcafc— @Chapalar 26 December 2012
Thompson's first league goal for City of course. His previous two were both in the Capital One Cup.
24min, 1-0 CITY as Thompson blasts home for second successive home game. McArdle free-kick into box, flicked on by Hanson and winger hits it first time across Rachubka.
Nice work on right between Hanson and Hines but Accy deal with Thompson's cross.
Raining heavily now.
#bcafc had two great chances so far. #asfc fans singing about our time in the premier league which is nice.— @KeithWildman 26 December 2012
City's first corner after 17 mins but Rachubka claims well under pressure from Hanson.
Doyle makes important clearance under his own bar from Boco cross. Beattie was just winding up for volley behind him. It's a dangerous corner too but Duke manages to smother loose ball.
Hines tees up Jones for another long-range effort which flies wide.
Doyle tries his luck from 20 yards but it goes harmlessly wide.
Chance for City. Naylor long ball knocked down by Hanson but Hines scuffs his shot into the ground.
Naylor ball over top tries to use pace of Hinds but too much on it and runs through to keeper.
Hanson flicks on loose ball and Atkinson nods just wide with Rachubka static.
City kicking towards the Kop
Kyel Reid gets good reception from main stand as he heads for bench. First appearance for him at VP since October
Can't beat Boxing Day footy. #bcafc— @SGiangregorio 26 December 2012
Accrington expected to line up 4-4-1-1 with Rommy Bocco playing just off James Beattie.
"Number twenty one is James Beattie".... WHOOOOOOOOOO? #bcafc— @neilbedford 26 December 2012
As expected, Paul Rachubka remains in the Accrington goal despite his red card against Plymouth.
Stanley have obviously appealed decision and with the Christmas hold-up, that means he is eligible to play today before that is heard.
Stanley are unchanged from Saturday's 1-1 draw.
ACCRINGTON: Rachubka, Nsiala, Winnard, Murphy, Liddle, Lindfield, Joyce, Miller, Molyneux, Boco, Beattie. Subs: Hatfield, Clark, Dixon, Eckersley, Carver, Amond, Dawber.
Got the feeling PP went with Hines up tops because Hines ripped their defence apart at Accrington #bcafc— @JoshMathers7 26 December 2012
City make two changes from their last league outing at Southend 11 days ago.
On-loan Derby defender Tom Naylor replaces Carl McHugh at centre half. The young Irishman has a slight calf problem while Curtis Good is laid low with a stomach bug.
Nahki Wells is just getting over the same problem so he is on the bench, with Zavon Hines taking his starting spot up front.
CITY: Duke, Darby, McArdle, Naylor, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Hines, Hanson. Subs: Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Connell, Wells, Turgott, McLaughlin.
Hearing that Paul Rachubka will play in Accrington goal despite his sending off against Plymouth on Saturday.
Stanley put in an appeal which will be held up because of Christmas, clearing him to feature.
His loan from Leeds runs out on Friday, so not their problem if the FA reject appeal or even stick on an extra game to his three-game ban.
City last beat Accrington at Valley Parade in October 1955. Stanley unbeaten in ten visits since, winning four and six draws.
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