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Live blog: Port Vale v Bantams
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PORT VALE 2 CITY 1
City suffered their first loss since promotion this afternoon as they were beaten at Vale Park by a team that went up with them.
Nahki Wells kept up his 100 per cent start by scoring for the fourth straight game. But it was a frustrating afternoon for the Bantams, who could not come back a second time.
City had made a bright start with Nathan Doyle’s goalbound volley deflected over the bar.
But soon Vale took command and hustled the visitors out of it as the game got feistier.
Last season’s leading goalscorer Tom Pope should have broken his duck with two headers, the second an inviting free one that he put over the bar.
Then Jon McLaughlin pulled off a superb double save, diving to his left to block a Lee Hughes volley and then getting back up in time to foil Kaid Mohamed.
Vale made the breakthrough three minutes before the break – after a blunder from James Meredith.
The left back scuffed an attempted back pass into no man’s land between the defence and McLaughlin and Lee Hughes intercepted to round the keeper and score.
City equalised just before the hour as Wells maintained his hot streak, creating the chance with good skill and then converting after Garry Thompson had drilled the ball back in.
But just as it seemed the momentum had changed, Vale regained their advantage eight minutes later. Doug Loft was the scorer with a powerful drive from outside the box that took a deflection on its way past McLaughlin.
It pings across the box but Vale clear. And that's it.
Reid shot deflected behind for one last corner.
Vale's second sub is Griffith for Myrie-Williams. Midfield enforcer for winger, can see what they are trying to do here ...
... is cleared. Ball goes back to taker Reid who handles it
City's seventh corner of the afternoon...
Five minutes of stoppage time.
Hughes subbed to a standing ovation, on comes Dodds.
Connell header blocked in front of goal and Meredith almost clears the stand with his effort from the loose ball.
Lee Hughes announced as man of the match. That's gone down well with the travelling support...
Darby off for McArdle, City go three at the back and sub goes into the hole behind front two.
De Vita drills it along the ground and McArdle gives away a cheap foul. So much for that then
City win another corner. Need to make these count now...
Reid's corner cleared back to him and he has a pop across goal which is deflected behind for another corner.
Connell ready to come on as Wells wiggles to win City another corner.
Well-timed tackle from Darby in box on Mohamed, who's given him a hard afternoon.
Reid corner is a good one but Vale clear back out to him. His second cross reaches De Vita who has two efforts, one blocked by defender, second by keeper.
De Vita forces a City corner.
Davies meets it with a powerful clearing header. He's had a typically no-nonsense game.
Noise cranked up as Vale win couple of corners. Momentum shifted back to the home side once again.
Crowd is 6,552 with 1,135 from Bradford
Reid's first involvement is to chase back and trip up Myrie-Williams. First City booking of the season.
City make double sub. Reid on for Yeates, De Vita for Thompson.
Wifi goes down, now back - with bad news. Vale lead 2-1 as LOFT blast from corner gets deflected on way through to the top corner of McLaughlin's net. All change again.
Wells gets in behind Dickinson but Neal smothers at his feet. As you can gather, the striker's feeling okay...
Wells is down on floor and play stopped. Not sure what happened but gives Vale chance to catch their breath
Wells nearly has another, heading over at near post from Jones cross. It's a different game now.
1-1! Wells skills to create shot which Neal shovels unconvincingly away. Thompson drills ball back in and WELLS taps home his fourth goal of the season.
Dickinson gets Vale's third yellow card for foul on Wells. City scream for penalty claiming that Davies held from free-kick but ref is unmoved.
.... which McLaughlin claims confidently.
Long throw drops to Pope, who finds room for close-range shot on turn which is smothered by City defence. Corner for Vale
Now it's Thompson's turn to try the spectacular volley. It's far from it and slices well wide.
Reid joins De Vita on the touchline and gets a chorus of support.
Hanson flicks on McLaughlin's long punt but Wells volleys high into the away end.
Scrappy start to the half.
Neal fists Thompson cross off the waiting head of Hanson.
City need to rediscover their attacking spark this half. De Vita going through a good stretch on the sidelines, would expect to see him before too long.
Whatever you think about Lee Hughes, you can't deny his goal scoring ability, especially at 37 #pvfc #bcafc— @Hey_Becky 17 August 2013
No subs from either team as Vale get ready to kick off second half.
How could there of possibly been 2 minutes for injury time was at least 6!! Big half needed from city!! #bcafc— @jbray21 17 August 2013
Parky is great a halfy talks, a game of 2 halves, the boys will be firing towards us in the 2nd half. Keep the faith #inparkywetrust #bcafc— @SueWx 17 August 2013
Can't be gifting teams goals in this league #bcafc— @TempestTown 17 August 2013
Half-time and the better team are winning. City started brightly but seem to have been muscled out of it.
Booking for Lines after leaving boot in on Darby.
Two added minutes to play.
Jones volleys wide through crowd of players from just outside Vale box.
Bad goal to concede but cannot argue that Vale deserve to be leading. Had all the clear-cut chances and most of the play.
Terrible mistake from one of City's most consistent defenders.
And Vale lead 1-0 after 42 minutes. Meredith's blind backpass scuffs into the path of HUGHES who goes wide of McLaughlin to score into empty net.
Teasing free-kick from Yeates into six-yard box but City are slow to react to it.
Horrible lunge from Loft going in two-footed on Doyle. Parkinson furious as midfielder is down in a heap. Card for Loft but it's only yellow.
Another Vale corner but danger averted as ref blows for push on Davies.
Doyle clears corner from in front of his goal. Vale getting on top
Hughes volley superbly blocked by McLaughlin, who gets up in time to make even better save from Mohamed. Fantastic double block from the City keeper.
Hughes and McArdle is a right battle...
After good start, City being hustled out their stride a bit. Hanson cannot make an impact yet
Free header for Pope which he puts into the away end, much to the delight of those City fans. Atmosphere just cranked up a couple of notches
And they escape any punishment as well. Nothing to see here, move along now...
Now it's Parkinson and Page's turn....
And ref lets them both off.
Hughes still arguing his case.
Ref calls over McArdle and Hughes ....
Crowd chanting Off, Off as we wait to see what will happen.
McArdle and Hughes square up as Vale claim City defender kicked out at Hughes. Players get involved in melee, even Parkinson gets involved going head to head with Rob Page from Vale coaching staff.
Jones cross and Pope sends header down and inches wide of the far post. Closest chance yet but he's still not off the mark for the season, fortunately
One given the other way and it's smiles and cheers all round.
Foul count now 6-1 in City's favour. And the locals are grumbling ...
Chance for City as Yeates free-kick turned back into box by Thompson, tangling with Jones. Hanson helps it into space ... but there's nobody there. Begging to be hit from ten yards out
Ref calls over Hughes and Darby for a lecture after they jostle at a throw-in. Lot of fuss about nothing
Wells cross blocked and Jones volleys instinctively over the bar from edge of the D.
Bradford city fans in good voice as always by the sound of it! #BCAFC— @CurtRawnsley 17 August 2013
Presumably the GMB union stand is empty because they're all on strike. #bcafc— @KeithWildman 17 August 2013
New balls please.... Change of ball ordered by the ref.
Good little spell for Vale ends with Myrie-Williams cross too deep for Pope to get any direction on his header.
Head tennis in the City box. Doyle makes important tackle on Mohamed but danger remains until McArdle clears to half way.
Neal comes through pack to punch clear and ball then thumped upfield. There is a real edginess about the home side and crowd if City can take advantage.
City's second corner of the game as Wells cross turned behind by Dickinson.
Hanson looks like his injured hand is bothering him. Not the physical presence you expect so far.
Natives getting very restless with referee Boyeson.
Yeates tries to play Wells into the penalty area but the pass hits the striker's heel.
Engerland, Engerland chant from section of home crowd. So tiresome ...
Come on city #bcafc http://t.co/EVlOmcdZZC— @kruger8513 17 August 2013
Good take from McLaughlin under his bar after deep cross by Hughes on the wind.
Flat corner helped on and McArdle's flick goes over bar. Very positive start from City.
Yeates setpiece cleared out as far as Doyle who smacks ferocious volley that flies off a Vale head over the bar. That was going in!
But no action taken whatsoever apart from City free-kick.
Wells chopped by Dickinson by corner flag then defender kicks out at him. Right under the assistant's nose ...
Screechy panic from someone in the stand as Thompson whips in a very early cross which Dickinson hoofs clear.
City have their fans behind them for the first half as the visitors kick off.
@PulseSportTeam I caught sticks on wakefield rd petrol station reading the back page of the T&A so he didnt have to buy the paper!— @markmerifield1 17 August 2013
Teams in the tunnel as Elvis belts out Port Vale anthem "Wonder of You". Well not Elvis himself, obviously.
Now to the big game of the day. Come on City, bring it home today! 2-0 Wells and Yeates for me #bantams @officialbantams— @nathanevanss94 17 August 2013
My view at vale park. #bcafc http://t.co/8NLhyUY2YC— @GarethJDobson 17 August 2013
Referee Carl Boyeson has done plenty of City games in his time. Been involved in some controversy too - sent off Dean Windass for swearing day after having a Christmas pint with him. Also red-carded Andrew Davies two years ago soon after he signed
Can't make the game today folks so need constant updates pleeeeease!!! #BCAFC #believe #footytweet ⚽⚽⚽— @chelsy_x 17 August 2013
Hanson got a bandage on his left hand. Hope nothing serious - he is one player #bcafc cannot afford to lose in current form— @ParkerTandA 17 August 2013
RT @ParkerTandA: French #bcafc trialist Jordan Gele is here at Vale Park. Got here in one piece after traveling on @ShipleyBantams bus ....— @lewis_bcafc 17 August 2013
Lee Hughes makes his first start of the season up front for Vale in place of Gavin Tomlin.
It's also going to be a case of Yates marking Yeates .... as Adam Yates is the Vale right back.
VALE: Neal, Yates, Robertson, Dickinson, Jones, Myrie Williams, Lines, Loft, Mohamed, Hughes, Pope. Subs: Tomlin, Shuker, Williamson, Griffith, Duffy, Dodds, Birchall.
City also name the same subs from last week. Ricky Ravenhill again edges out Jason Kennedy as central midfielder on bench.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Yeates, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Reid, Connell, De Vita, Taylor, McHugh, Ravenhill, Ripley.
No team sheet yet but been told that City's starting line-up is the same one that has played the previous two league games.
No surprises there given how well they performed against Carlisle last week.
Didn't realise I was in a Back To The Future movie, are we back in the 80's here in Burslem? #bcafc— @NickTroy93 17 August 2013
But just noticed Nahki has never scored against Port Vale. Let's hope that changes today...
Arrived at Vale Park ready for my 1st game of the season #bcafc #hesmagicyouknow— @brucet87 17 August 2013
50th City league start for Nahki Wells today and he's scored in his last six games.
RT @Adam_Ellis1986: Flags up #bcafc on tour http://t.co/YDyY6E4tTU— @paulseisbfc 17 August 2013
After a 2 hour drive we have arrived in Burslem in 1974. #lotsandlotsofskinheads #bcafc— @bobbyzelmut 17 August 2013
Class 3-1 win away at hull! And on top of that I scored a cheeky perfect hat-trick haha!! Well done boys, onto next week now! #bcafc— @oli_mcburnie 17 August 2013
#bcafc @oli_mcburnie just can't stop scoring goals ! He bangs in another hatrick away to hull today! ! Left foot right foot and a header!— @WLovatt 17 August 2013
Team news expected very soon. Would be amazed if there are any changes in the starting line-up after last week.
Good afternoon and welcome from a damp and overcast Vale Park as City look to register their first away win of the season at Port Vale.
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