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Morecambe 0 Bradford City 0
James Hanson was guilty of a big miss as City were held to a goalless draw at Morecambe this afternoon.
Hanson should have buried a close-range header from Kyel Reid’s free-kick as the Bantams dominated the second half.
It had been a poor first half on a very heavy pitch with the only chance at either end coming from a Hanson header which Morecambe keeper Barry Roche blocked with his knee.
Phil Parkinson threw on Nahki Wells in a double sub at half-time and the Bermudian’s arrival breathed some life into the visitors.
Roche pulled off a superb save to tip away Rory McArdle’s header and denied Wells from 25 yards.
Curtis Good also headed over but Hanson’s wasted chance was the critical one as City were left cursing two points dropped.
It's all over 0-0 and City will see this as an opportunity missed.
Wells forced out for goalkick and that might be it.
Nathan Doyle booked for foul on Brodie.
Four minutes of added time to play.
Wright goes in book for Morecambe.
Reid again finds his man but Good heads over from eight yards.
Ball comes back to taker Reid who is fouled yet again.
Parrish fouls Reid again, same spot as before. Another good free-kick but Fenton concedes corner.
Izak Reid replacing Redshaw for Morecambe, 84th minute.
Now Parrish fouls Reid to give City another free-kick level with penalty area. Hanson has a free header - but it's poor and straight at Roche. Big chance that for City.
Threlfall booked and gets plenty of abuse from away end. Reid free-kick beats everybody sliding in at far post, just needed a touch.
Wells down in a heap after being clipped by Threlfall.
Good heads it out first time then McArdle completes clearance.
Redshaw flick header deflected wide for Morecambe corner.
Morecambe cranking up as Ravenhill gives away free-kick 30 yards from City goal.
City changed formation to 4-4-2
Now Reid can come on for Gary Jones, 73rd minute.
City corner from save but Ellison clears Gary Jones' kick.
Kyel Reid waiting to come on as Wells uses the wind to test Roche from 25 yards.
Ravenhill bookd for high challenge on Ellison.
Scramble in Morecambe box and Darby shot is blocked on line but he's given offside. Morecambe bring on Brodie for Burrow.
Good cross from Alessandra just beats the sliding Burrow.
Suddenly a chance for Morecambe as Ellison effort falls for Redshaw who spins and shoots wide of Duke's near post.
Darby wastes good crossing opportunity by putting ball behind.
Threlfall comes on for Drummond, 57min
McArdle leaps well but his looping header well over bar.
Morecambe down to ten men for a minute as Drummond goes off for treatment.
City probing for an opening but Atkinson pass has too much on it for Gary Jones.
Much better from City as Wells lifts the tempo.
More about City already and Ellison concedes corner. Jones setpiece met by McArdle header and Roche makes good save to tip behind.
City make two changes for second half. Wells on for Hines and Good replaces Meredith.
Not a lot to talk about at half-time, most conversation centres on news that Peter Taylor is 1/4 favourite to be new Blackburn boss!
City free-kick level with edge of penalty area. Gary Jones good delivery into box but Morecambe get it away. It's half-time and a very dour 0-0
Redshaw slips past Meredith but McArdle heads clear his cross then Duke saves another centre by Parrish.
Pitch is dreadful in parts as passes bobble up
Gary Jones picks out Darby round the back for a volleyed cross which Roche claims.
Good flighted cross by Ellison to far post but Duke claws it away from Redshaw.
Garty Jones corner met by Hanson's header and Roche saves with his knee. First genuine chance of game in 38th minute
Second corner for City.
Morecambe free-kick to right of box. Alessandra takes, Hanson heads out and Drummond's volley clears the away end stand
Atkinson shoots wide after Ravenhill and Hines create opening. Still very little going on.
attendance is 3,635
Raining steadily now and Doyle slips trying to clear beside the box. But Meredith is covering to snuff out any trouble.
Parrish then back defending to head away Darby cross as Hanson closes in.
Parrish tries to send Alessandra away but the wind-assisted pass is too strong.
Handball by Hanson gives Morecambe free-kick midway inside City half. But again nothing comes of it.
Whatever the result today, don't let Kevin Ellison score please!! #bcafc— @AdamBennett3D 01 January 2013
Lines mans a bit of a chubster #bcafc— @Wilsation82 01 January 2013
Hanson header deflected wide from Gary Jones free-kick but City striker penalised for pull.
Gary Jones corner is missed by the leaping McArdle and Morecambe clear away.
Ritchie Jones again gets forward, threads ball through for Hanson but McCready slides across in time to concede corner.
Morecambe third corner cleared. Suddenly City break, Ritchie Jones pulls back to Gary Jones but shot is blocked.
Important header behind by Doyle after Redshaw gets away.
Morecambe win their second corner. Darby then McArdle see the ball out of danger.
Ellison gifts ball straight to Meredith. City briefly threaten from his cross but Gary Jones wafts shot straight up in the air.
Ravenhill released Meredith to make a run but cannot get cross in. Wembley chants breaks out from away end.
Pitch looking very heavy and cutting up in parts already, particularly area in front of dug-outs.
Big boo for Ellison then big cheer when he is given offside. Panto time has started.
Alessandra takes it short, gets it back and shrugs off Hines but good catch from Duke.
Soft corner for Morecambe
First ball disappears out the ground after two minutes.
City fans in good voice as game kicks off.
Come on City!!! #bcafc ⚽💜— @GraceHolly75 01 January 2013
Gareth Evans joined Fleetwood after leaving Rotherham #bcafc— @BantamsSte94 01 January 2013
City fans packed out the Bay Radio Stand behind one end. Pity the club weren't given some more tickets to help fill up the sparse terrace on open side.
Kevin Ellison starts for Morecambe but Robbie Threlfall is again on the bench.
MORECAMBE: Roche, Parrish, Fenton, McCready, Wright, Drummond, Redshaw, McDonald, Alessandra, Burrow, Ellison. Subs: Threlfall, Haining, Reid, Brodie, Parkinson, McGee, Arestidou.
Carl McHugh is also out on the pitch going through fitness runs. He cannot be far away from a return.
Ross Hannah is here with the squad but has not made the subs bench.
interesting team - in Parky we trust #bcafc— @nuggsy_CTID 01 January 2013
Doyle at centre half fills me with more confidence than Naylor playing there. Not too sure about Ravenhill starting though... #bcafc— @JoshSpruyt 01 January 2013
Nahki Wells is on the bench as he recovers from his recent illness.
Kyel Reid is also among the subs after suffering a dead leg against Rochdale. Despite scoring twice in that game, Alan Connell is again back on the bench.
Subs: Reid, Wells, Connell, Turgott, Good, Naylor, McLaughlin.
Phil Parkinson makes three changes as City look to kick off 2013 with a win at Morecambe.
Zavon Hines replaces two-goal Alan Connell up front but the most significant changes are behind him.
Nathan Doyle moves to centre half in place of Tom Naylor and Ritchie Jones and Ricky Ravenhill return in midfield.
They will partner Will Atkinson in a three-man centre with Gary Jones playing in front of them behind the two strikers in an anticipated 4-3-1-2 formation.
CITY: Duke; Darby, McArdle, Doyle, Meredith; R Jones, Ravenhill, Atkinson; G Jones; Hines, Hanson
Off to watch the mighty bantams at Morecambe. C'mon City! #bcafc— @jegolton 01 January 2013