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Live blog: Port Vale v Bantams
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PORT VALE 0 CITY 0
City took a very good point from second-placed Vale tonight - and it could have been more.
The Bantams were by far the better team after the break and carved several chances.
James Hanson saw one header tipped on to the bar and put another wide when he was unmarked.
Vale defender Richard Duffy also twice cleared off the line from a Gary Jones corner.
Jon McLaughlikn made a superb save to deny League Two top scorer Tom Pope in the first half. But otherwise City kept the Vale attack at bay.
And the home side had midfielder Doug Loft sent off in added time for a high challenge on Ricky Ravenhill.
Loft SENT OFF for late tackle on Ravenhill.
Andrew comes on for Dodds.
Five minutes of added time to play.
Vale finishing strongly and Pope's header from Jones's cross is straight at McLaughlin.
Massive block from McArdle to deny Pope after City undone by long ball upfield.
Announcement of crowd figure earns an ironic cheer from the City end.
Hughes replaces Myrie-Willliams.
Hughes about to join the fray. City fans get ready to give him traditional warm welcome.
Another chance for City to whip ball in box from Jones free-kick. It's too deep for McHugh but good pressure forces a corner.
Vale make their first change, Morsy for Vincent.
With Reid on left, Atkinson has switched to right side.
Reid on for Hines, who has worked hard again.
Reid waiting to come on.
City shout for a penalty as Wells shoulder-charged to ground by Purse but nothing given.
McHugh beats two Vale heads to clear free-kick.
Ravenhill booked after hand ball, but probably more due to totting-up process.
Darby loses ball edge of Vale box after trying to cut his way inside. But he tracks back well to regain possession with sliding tackle on the halfway line.
Instinctive volley from Dodds from 25 yards. Over the bar but a good effort - Vale's first for a while.
City need to turn this pressure into a goal. Be kicking themselves if they can't make it count. On top at the moment.
Wells comes on for Thompson who leaves pitch gingerly.
Thompson down and getting treatment after clash of heads. Wells looks ready to come on.
How did the ball not go in? City have several stabs at low corner and twice it's blocked on the line. Think McArdle and Hanson had the shots.
Hines skins his marker and fizzes in dangerous cross which is deflected behind for corner.
Jones is second Vale name in book for foul on Darby.
Crowd is 4,281 with 313 City fans.
Hanson finds himself room to meet Jones free-kick but plants his header wide. Good chance that for City.
Crucial block from Darby to smother Vincent shot before Pope chipped weak follow-up into McLaughlin's arms.
Hines isn't renowned for his tackling but he pulled off a blinder on Loft as the Vale midfielder looked to zig-zag his way towards the City box.
Hanson almost breaks deadlock with firm header from McHugh which Neal tips on to the bar.
City started second half brightly and the grumbles are back in the stand.
Atkinson feeds Thompson to put cross in but Hanson is outjumped by Purse.
Thompson immediately tries a snap shot but it's blocked by centre half Purse.
And we're off for the second half as City kick off towards their fans.
If #BCAFC can just grab a sneaky winner in the 2nd half, that's the playoff charge well and truly back in full flow. #bigask #fingerscrossed— @hovispride 05 March 2013
I love Jon McLaughlin. Arguably my favourite #bcafc player.— @JoeDC96 05 March 2013
Hines gives away cheap foul and chance for Vale to pump ball into box. Cross is too deep for everyone - and that's half-time. 0-0
One minute of added time to play.
Play stopped for Pope to get treatment for whack on head. Nice graphic of ambulance on electronic scoreboard.
Assistant referee falls over. Always funny...
Hanson heads corner straight up in air and Vale force goal kick. But natives are getting a bit restless.
He does - and Neal's punch behind is very unconvincing as McArdle makes his presence felt.
Atkinson tripped five yards to left of Vale box. Chance for Jones to put free-kick into the mix.
Griffith has got to be careful after being pulled up for grabbing Jones. That early yellow card could be a problem for Vale's midfield enforcer.
Great save from McLaughlin to keep out Pope header. Was going wrong way but flung out a hand to tip ball behind.
Pope rises well to meet Myrie-Williams corner but cannot direct header.
Griffith clears corner with powerful header and Vale counter quickly. Chilvers lofts hit and hope ball towards box and it drops for Dodds whose deflected shot behind wins Vale corner.
Hines does well again to flick the ball off Jones for a City corner. Decision greeted by universal boos from crowd.
"He's magic you know...." the Gary Jones anthem booms out from the away end.
McHugh crunches Myrie-Williams with proper old school tackle, sending the winger flying in the air.
Will Atkinson works an opening for himself but skews left-foot drive off target.
Phil Parkinson will be quite happy with way City have started without creating any real threat.
City win the first corner of night after 18mins
Nelson wins important header to clear Myrie-Williams cross as Vale fans start to come to life.
Jones swings in free-kick behind Hanson and ball drops back for Hines who leans back and shoots high, wide and not very handsome.
Hines charges down Jones clearance and shows nice turn of pace to win free-kick level with Vale penalty area.
Griffiths takes five minutes to get the first booking for a late lunge on Thompson.
Two crunching tackles from Darby lets Vale know he's around.
Neat work down City's left before Atkinson cross headed away from six-yard box.
Come on you voltage cherries.... We're underway.
Wonder of You blaring out. If Elvis is in the building that can only mean the teams are in the tunnel...
Port Vale announcer congratulating City on their "massive achievement" in getting to Capital One Cup final.
Amazing that our 35 year old captain seems to be ok to play game after game while the rest of the team get rotated #bcafc #hesmagic— @toddmustgo 05 March 2013
Atkinson was anonymous on Saturday at York, Hanson needs crosses whipped in #bcafc— @toddmustgo 05 March 2013
Five of the City team that won here in the JPT in December are no longer with the club, including both scorers that night Ritchie Jones and Craig Forsyth.
Interesting stat that Jon McLaughlin is the only City player who will have started all three games against Vale this season.
Anthony Griffith comes straight in for Port Vale after returning to the club yesterday on loan from Leyton Orient.
It looks like they will be lining up 4-4-1-1 with Louis Dodds playing just behind League Two's top scorer Tom Pope up front.
They have again gone without a sub keeper.
VALE: Neal, Duffy, Purse, Jones, Chilvers, Myrie-Williams, Griffith, Loft, Vincent, Dodds, Pope. Subs: McCombe, Shuker, Andrew, Morsy, Williamson, Birchall, Hughes.
There are three changes for City's side tonight.
Garry Thompson, who scored the decisive second at York, earns a recall up front with Nahki Wells dropping to the bench.
Rory McArdle returns from his rest at centre half in place of Andrew Davies and Zavon Hines, another lively sub at the weekend, came in for Kyel Reid.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Nelson, McArdle, McHugh, Hines, Jones, Ravenhill, Atkinson, Thompson, Hanson. Subs: Reid, Wells, Doyle, Connell, Gray, Davies, Duke.
Anyone buying the programme be warned. It's the one from the original postponed fixture on January 19
Port Vale's massive pitch perfect for PP to pick our pacey players for the counter attack! #bcafc #upthebantams— @Mr_Stozza 05 March 2013
No teams confirmed yet but hearing there are four changes for Port Vale from Saturday's defeat at Oxford.
Good luck tonight pal a repeat of saturday would be nice! @g11klt Did you really say unbeaten til end of season?!! #Wow #bcafc @LeeKnox1— @KevNewy13 05 March 2013
The City players are just walking out to have a look at the pitch. Unfortunately I can't tell you who's out there because the floodlights haven't come on yet ...
Quiet for now but expect the away end to be rocking later... #bcafc http://t.co/9sHHtsLmgU— @ParkerTandA 05 March 2013
Good evening from Vale Park as City try to make it back-to-back away wins against second-placed Port Vale.