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Live blog: Bantams v Brentford
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BRADFORD CITY 4 BRENTFORD 0
City kept up their remorseless home form with a crushing victory over ten-man Brentford.
It’s three wins, ten goals and none conceded for Phil Parkinson’s troops at fortress Valley Parade.
James Hanson scored twice as well as Nahki Wells, inevitably, and Garry Thompson.
But the key moment was the first-half dismissal of Bees keeper David Button for a two-footed lunge on Wells.
It was 0-0 at the time and how City went on to cash in on the man advantage.
Hanson swept home James Meredith’s cross just before half-time and then a three-goal burst in nine devastating minutes turned the game into a rout.
Hanson had already hit the bar when Wells cashed in on a terrible mix-up between Tony Craig and back-up keeper David Button to tap in number two.
Thompson nodded home from another Meredith set-up before Hanson made it four from Kyel Reid’s corner.
At the other end, Luke Oliver made his first appearance for 11 months and came through it comfortably as City rode some late Brentford pressure to claim a third successive clean sheet on their own turf.
Connell makes room for shot but drills over bar to chants of Brentford reject...
Three minutes extra
Oliver's day is over. On comes Taylor as stoppage time starts.
McLaughlin preserves his clean sheet by tipping over Forshaw blockbuster. Few late scrambles but no joy for Brentford.
Yeates corner cleared and Irishman's follow-up blocked by O'Connor.
Now Donaldson clips the post as Dean's cross almost catches out McLaughlin.
Davies almost scores freak own goal, deflecting a Brentford header on to the post...
Donaldson for once gets to cross first but header glances well wide.
Davies cut his thigh making that clearance and is having some running repairs off the pitch.
Another sub for City as Yeates replaces Reid.
All about that cleansheet as Davies throws himself into a clearance to shut the door on Donaldson.
4-0 up and you still don't sing according to Brentford's travelling 200 or so. Don't think so lads...
Connell straight on to the loose ball with well-struck shot that Bonham palms away.
Wells off to standing ovation and straight off for treatment. On comes Connell
And the goals keep coming. HANSON nods in far post from Reid corner. 4-0
No let up for Brentford now as City win a corner.
Saville replaced by Dallas.
Crowd is 13,621 with 256 from Brentford
City enjoying themselves now. Reid still frustrating tho... gives ball away then jinks past full back and whips in a wonderful low cross.
Quick feet from McLaughlin to elude Donaldson as Brentford look for way back. There is none
Goals galore! Meredith crosses on the numbers and THOMPSON nods home.. 3-0
With City having that cushion now, the Kop can go through the full repertoire
Wells not at his sharpest, probably feeling the effects of that clattering from Button. But he's not going to miss from there!
Terrible mix-up between centre half and novice keeper and that's the easiest of his seven goals this season...
2-0 to City!! Craig heads over his own keeper and WELLS has the simplest task of tapping into the empty net...
City corner number three but Craig wins header under pressure from Davies.
Meredith sets up Reid who blazes attempted cross into crowd. Delivery been poor today
Davies has been immense today, just clears up the danger once more as Fillo almost capitalises on half block by Meredith.
Doyle goes into the book for late challenge on Reeves.
Fillo then pulled up for tug on Reid and not happy. Crowd giving him some stick
Ball sits up nicely for Wells to have a crack but he slices into Kop.
Davies gives away foul and Fillo shows him an imaginary card.No card shown but Brentford winger should get one for doing that...
Meredith cross and Hanson's looping header hits the bar!
Reid looking to make something happen. City staying on the front foot.
Reid shoved down to the ground but nothing given
Jack Bonham was the keeper who looked very very shaky for Watford against Leeds last day of last season.
And there goes the whistle for half-time. So far so good for City.
Strong tackle from Meredith prevents Czech international Fillo going on a run.
Four minutes of added time
Brentford's fifth corner but City break through Thompson. Unfortunately his pass for Reid is underhit and counter breaks down.
And just like that the rain disappears and the sun beams down!
Reid feeds Meredith who pulls ball back from byline. Pass slips through two defenders and Wells but HANSON is behind them to score underneath the bar.
1-0 to City!
Wells drives straight into chest of O'Connor, good defending from the Brentford full back.
Donaldson volleys away Jones's kick but City trying to apply the pressure with the man advantage.
Reid wins another City corner
Low shot from Saville but McLaughlin has everything behind it.
Referee went with his assistant's call over sending off. May have been a bit harsh though if Button did get to the ball first
Reid free-kick blocked by wall.
Bonham on for Trotta
Free-kick awarded right on corner of area.
Brentford down to ten and forced to bring on back-up keeper. Button very reluctant to leave field
Ref goes to assistant and ..... shows the red card!!
Button takes out Wells just outside box and could be in big trouble here! Brentford keeper got the ball but lunged in with two feet...
Davies comes hurtling through the pack to head over from free-kick. Hanson able to continue
Hanson looks a bit dazed after taking a clattering. Physio Matt Barrass checks him over but striker should be okay.
Reid over it... and it soars straight into the side-netting. C'mon Kyel
First corner for City!
Dangerous free-kick by Reeves flicked over City bar by Trotta.
Reid curls into six-yard box... and over everyone for goal kick. Wasted opportunity
Logan handles Thompson cross and City have free-kick level to right edge of penalty area.
Davies again clears the corner out of harm's way.
Vital save from McLaughlin to deny Trotta after on-loan Fulham striker played dangerously into box by Reeves.
Davies hurls himself sideways to head clear.
Another corner for Brentford, third of game.
Poor pass by Logan is picked off by Reid 30 yards out. But the winger can't get a shot off
Wells charges down Button and blocks keeper's clearance - which deflects just over bar!
Some think City have scored .... but Davies header hits the side-netting. Got the crowd cranked up though
Rosler and Parkinson already exchanging "pleasantries" on the touchline. No love lost between those two.
Reid cuts back low cross but Brentford scramble it clear of advancing Wells.
Oliver wins header over Donaldson to loud applause
Now Dean wellies well into the Kop. Brentford dangerous going forward
Great block from Davies to deflect Saville shot wide. Decent break from Brentford there.
Midland Road anthem booms as McLaughlin gets clattered at far post dealing with setpiece.
First touch from Donaldson and first boos from Kop. But he wins first corner...
City kick things off and straight on the attack.
Teams are out and shaking hands. Here comes the roar ...
First chant of Oliver as teams announced. Sure it won't be the last of the afternoon. Big game for the big man
Walked to the game today that's my exercise for the weekend done #bcafc— @kayleighbcfc 07 September 2013
Nice idea Supporters Board, but this doesn't work. #bcafc— @TheBigTash 07 September 2013
Can see this new interview piece being avoided by many fans. #bcafc— @Gav_The_Bantam 07 September 2013
@footballears I'll keep my fingers crossed that Clayton is kept under control today... and that Nahki Wells fires a few home! #BCAFC— @BradfordFCFire 07 September 2013
Clayton Donaldson returns to his native Manningham looking to sting City once again.
His last two visits have seen him net a hat-trick for Crewe and then score in the FA Cup draw last season.
BRENTFORD (4-4-2): Button, Logan, Craig, Dean, O'Connor, Fillo, Saville, Reeves, Forshaw, Trotta, Donaldson. Subs: Saunders, El Alagui, Dallas, Venta, Diagouraga, Nugent, Bonham.
@ParkerTandA massive vote of un-confidence in Matt Taylor! #bcafc— @paulwardmbe 07 September 2013
Sounds like Phil Parkinson was concerned with Matt Taylor's mentality after drubbing at Hartlepool. Reluctant to keep him in against one of the most dangerous attacks in the division.
Luke oliver starting, didn't see that one coming, him an davies were good together last year though #BCAFC— @sam1kenny 07 September 2013
OLIVERRR OLIVERRRRR!! #bcafc— @CurleyBCAFC 07 September 2013
Altogether now OLLLLIVER OLLLIVER x repeat #bcafc— @Love_13_Hate 07 September 2013
Phil Parkinson has taken a big gamble by throwing in Luke Oliver for his first game for 11 months.
Oliver has not played a senior game since suffering a serious knee injury at Burton in October.
His only action so far has been in friendlies at Harrogate Town and Park Avenue and a private game with Accrington.
Oliver replaces Rory McArdle, who is still with Northern Ireland for their next World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg on Tuesday.
The rest of the team picks itself from last Saturday's draw at Stevenage. There was hardly anyone pushing for a chance from the JPT line-up.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, Oliver, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Connell, McHugh, Taylor, Ravenhill, De Vita, Yeates, Ripley.
And the centre half choice is ...... Luke Oliver!
COME ON CITY! show us that JPT was just a one off & not to be repeated #bcafc— @BantamAnnie 07 September 2013
I think it will be 2-1 to #bcafc today @Andrew_Davies84 and @nahkiwells to score...C'MON CITY!!!— @AdeleMc6 07 September 2013
Tough game away at notts county but we battled through to get a good 3-2 win! Always nice to get another goal and keep my run going! #bcafc— @oli_mcburnie 07 September 2013
Reckon it'll be a tough game today but 2-0 to City. Wells + De Vita, although I'd love McHugh to replace McArdle and for him to score #bcafc— @Matty_Robinson4 07 September 2013
Of course there is a slight chance that City could play Luke Oliver. But that would be a huge gamble.
Let's get another win today lads! @nahkiwells to score!!! #bcafc— @bEaNzZzZzZ13 07 September 2013
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade for City's game against highly-fancied Brentford.
No team news just yet but there is definitely no Rory McArdle. City had looked at flying him back from Belfast this morning to play but the two red cards Northern Ireland picked up against Portugal last night ruled out any chance of them letting him go.
So the choice for Phil Parkinson is who to partner Andrew Davies - Matt Taylor or Carl McHugh. By the sounds of it, could be a toss-up for which way he goes.
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