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BRADFORD CITY 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0
Nahki Wells wrote his name into Bradford City history books as they claimed Yorkshire bragging rights with an impressive win over Sheffield United.
Wells became the first Bantam to ever score in eight consecutive games – and did it in style with a double against David Weir’s Blades.
A bumper crowd of 18,041 was rocking as Valley Parade saluted a superb derby victory from the home side.
The Blades had the first chance of a lively first half with a quick break from City’s first corner. But Jon McLaughlin spread himself to thwart Jamie Murphy.
City responded with a superb move as Mark Yeates released James Meredith in the box. He squared for Wells to try first time but George Long saved well.
The Blades keeper made another good stop to deny a Yeates curling free-kick. But he had no chance right on half-time as Garry Thompson’s header fell to Wells who drove across the keeper from the right side of the box.
It was the confident finish of a striker at the very top of his game.
Sheffield United always carried a threat and had chances to equalise in the second half. Sub Joe Ironside was just over with a stretching volley and Harry Maguire headed wide.
But Wells inevitably had the final say with his second goal in the closing minutes.
Raffaele De Vita’s shot was too hot for Long, James Hanson nodded the rebound into the mix and there was the predatory Wells to apply the killer touch.
And that's it. Great win, great effort from them all. But one man will hog the headlines for his history-making effort
But it's smothered by the wall at the expense of a corner
Wells on a hat-trick stands over the ball.....
Handball right on the line of the Blades penalty area as Reid looks for a way through.
That's put the nerves to rest as the fourth official puts up the board with three minutes of added time.
Nathan Doyle goes off as crowd continues party atmosphere. On comes Ravenhill
2-0! De Vita screamed palmed up in air by Long, Hanson nods ball towards goal and WELLS, inevitably, finishes...
City break from Blades corner. Meredith slides in Reid but Doyle reads danger with tackle on edge of the box.
Blades make their final change. Porter comes on for McGinty as Weir throws on another striker.
Maguire is first name in the book after handing off Wells near the corner flag.
Not to be outdone by his central defensive partner, McArdle gets in the way of a Doyle drive.
Blades asking more questions on City defence but Davies is here, there and everywhere. Him and McArdle have been excellent
Heartbeat... oh no, sorry it's the Garry Thompson song as the winger departs to loud cheers.
De Vita coming on for Thompson.
Maguire heads wide through crowd of players. City still have plenty to do to see this one out.
Meredith (head) and McLaughlin (left hand) combine to avert the danger.
Strong run from Taylor to force another Blades corner off Darby.
Chance at other end but Ironside cannot keep his close-range volley down from close range.
Massive shout for a penalty as Thompson goes down. Looked a foul but referee Foy waves it away - to huge boos from the Kop.
It comes to nothing but that does nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Thompson cross too deep for Hanson but Reid wins a corner.
Away fans shout for handball against Darby. Nope
Mr Smoke bomb being escorted from the TL Dallas Stand.
Yeates replaced by Reid before corner is taken.
McLaughlin tips over shot from Flynn. Cue a smoke bomb from the Blades' fans behind the goal.
Hanson wins important header in his own penalty area from Blades' corner.
Crowd is 18,041.....
Exciting stuff at both ends and the crowd noise goes into overdrive. Not for the first time
Miskick by Long edge of his own box but just enough on it to steer away from Hanson.
Ball drops in a heap before McArdle heaves the ball over halfway.
Ref warns Davies and Maguire for spot of pushing.
McLaughlin comes through a crowd of players to get the slightest touch and gives away another corner.
McArdle doing a lot of defending at the moment and concedes corner.
Thompson cuts in to left foot and puts dangerous ball across goal which is missed by Maguire and Wells.
City shout for a penalty as Wells goes down under McMahon challenge but nothing given.
McArdle beats two players to deal with McMahon cross on the edge of the City box.
That was Sheffield United's second sub. Flynn replaced McFadzean at half-time
Ironside replaces Brandy, who looks like he has pulled his hamstring. Had been a threat on the wing
Ironside ready to come on for the Blades. No sign of his wheelchair...
Yeates sends teasing cross past the far post as City begin second half on the front foot.
Half-time and City deserve their lead. Home side have got stronger as half went on but Blades look a threat on the break.
That's a history-making strike from the Bermudian, who becomes the first City player ever to score in eight successive matches. Take a bow lad!
1-0 to City and guess who??!!!! WELLS drills shot across Long from right side of the box.
Yeates is over free-kick - and Long makes fine save to his right!
Noise level still unbelievable. Some proper support from the home fans
Wells gets in behind two defenders and draws the foul 25 yards out.
Wells cross too high for Hanson and Thompson taken by surprise behind him cannot direct header. City still on the offensive and Yeates drives high over the bar.
Wells shot from 25 yards skids up and smacks Long in the face as he dives to save!
Murphy easily gets past McArdle but his shot has no power and McLaughlin saves comfortably.
Big screams for handball but looked like the City cross hit a Sheffield back.
Noise level maintained by the Kop has been superb.
Mighty scramble in the box but nobody can get a clean hit on it. Hanson and Wells both in there trying...
City corner number five as Yeates cross takes a deflection behind. Take me Home gets even louder ...
Crucial tackle from McArdle on Brandy inside box as Blades launch a menacing raid. Meredith let him in too easily and gets an earful from the centre half after
Sheffield Wednesday score flashes up on board. Sure it's only to wind up the away fans because they are winning!
Brandy looking a threat. Cuts inside and his shot is too hot to handle for McLaughlin before Davies clears up.
McLaughlin punches it away confidently despite a shove from the incoming Taylor.
Good run from Murphy to force first Blades corner of the game midway through the half.
Too flat from Yeates this time and McGinty is able to welly away.
Another City free-kick from virtually the same spot...
Yeates swings it in to area where Collins got the slightest touch to take it off the head of the waiting Davies. But ref gives a goal kick .... Premier League refs eh!
Wells tripped by Collins just outside Blades box. Looked a soft one as striker had lost the ball.
Yeates puts it to the back post where Taylor clears with difficulty under pressure by Thompson
Corner number four for the home side ....
And yes, Blades boss David Weir does look like President Obama from the back!
So nearly the record...... Yeates header releases Meredith, squares for Wells but Long turns away his first-time shot..
Doyle was only talking about his (lack of) goals yesterday in the paper. Just had a pop with an ambitious volley from 30 yards after chesting ball down - over bar but not by that much...
McMahon free-kick provides McLaughlin with some simple catching practice.
Brandy uses his pace to get in behind Darby but Davies is in right place to head out of danger.
It's fast and frenetic as you'd expect...
Thumping tackle by Jones on Doyle earns large roar from fans.
Good one from Yeates but McFadzean beats Jones to header.
Another corner to City
Action switches to other end and Wells drives low and wide.
Taylor puts him through with only McLaughlin to beat ... but the City keeper blocks with an outstretched leg.
Coady heads out Yeates corner and Sheff United suddenly break through Murphy...
Hanson wins an early City corner.
And here we go.... Blades kick off towards the Kop.
Well I've got to say there's quite a crowd at Valley Parade today. #bcafc— @BiiGSeaN86 24 August 2013
The teams are out and the volume has gone up another notch.
Take Me Home Midland Road belts out from the Kop as Rudamental plays on the sound system. Memories, memories ...
Three years spent in uni at Sheffield. Wednesday were always the preferred team. Hope we smash em today #bcafc— @markyoung1990 24 August 2013
Atmosphere building nicely as kick-off gets nearer. Got the feeling of a proper match this - not in League Two now!
Police presence surely completely over the top today. West Yorkshire police must be making a fortune out of #bcafc— @Jason_Mckeown 24 August 2013
Yorkshire derby what can be much better #bcafc #sufc— @yorkie_thrower 24 August 2013
Like City, Sheffield United have named the same team that played last week when they drew 1-1 with Colchester.
SHEFF UTD: Long, McMahon, Collins, Maguire, McGinty, Doyle, Coady, Murphy, Brandy, McFadzean, Taylor. Subs: Westlake, Hill, Flynn, Porter, McGinn, Ironside, Howard.
If ur at Valley Parade today pls say Hi to our @BritishRedCross bucket collectors & make a donation. #BCAFC #SUFC #Clarets #Twitterblades— @MaximoNewton 24 August 2013
It's the same team for the fourth successive league game.
James Hanson and Mark Yeates are both fit to continue, allowing Phil Parkinson to keep faith with the side that lost at Port Vale last week.
The bench is also the same so once again there is no room for Jason Kennedy.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Yeates, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Ravenhill, Reid, Taylor, McHugh, Connell, De Vita, Ripley.
1 hour 25 mins to kick off, can you feel it? Bradford v Sheffield United, Yorkshire derby, come on city! #bcafc— @chris_trevelyan 24 August 2013
Getting pumped for this game now. Loads of Sheffield United fans about. Can’t wait for kick off now. #bcafc— @BiiGSeaN86 24 August 2013
Waiting on the team news but expect it to be unchanged once again, as long as Hanson and Yeates are given the okay.
Good afternoon and welcome from the Coral Windows Stadium for this much-anticipated Yorkshire derby.
We're looking at a bumper crowd - can it beat the 17,014 that were here for Hereford in February 2012 when it was £1 entry?
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