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CITY 2 COLCHESTER 2
Nahki Wells added another two goals to his prolific run – but City dropped their first points of the season at Valley Parade.
Wells took his tally to nine with a double strike that topped and tailed a testing encounter with Colchester this afternoon.
Phil Parkinson had warned that his old club would pose a difficult test for the Bantams and he was not wrong as they became the first visiting side to avoid defeat.
Wells gave City a 14th-minute lead after a miscue from David Wright. The ball appeared to get stuck under the Bermudian’s feet but he pivoted superbly to drill into the bottom corner.
But Colchester were a threat going forward. Jabo Ibehre should have equalised straight away before Jeffrey Monakana crowned his debut on loan from Preston with a superb finish into the top corner.
It was the first goal City had let in at home in nearly five hours of football – but within four minutes there was another as Ibehre turned Rory McArdle to confidently convert Monakana’s through ball.
City had lost their way since the equaliser and the crowd were quiet. But normal service resumed seven minutes after the break as Wells looped a header home from James Meredith’s cross.
City pushed for a winner although there was a scare when Gavin Massey hit the post.
But the game finished on a sour note when Yeates was taken out by sub Daniel Pappoe, who was sent off just four minutes after coming on the pitch.
It's all over. 2-2
No stretcher and, for now, no panic as Yeates is able to get up and continue!
Pappoe gets an earful from Parkinson as he is ushered along the touchline.
Sub had only been on four minutes.
City calling for the stretcher. Horribly late tackle on the Irishman.
Yeates writhing on floor in agony. Looks seriously hurt.
Yeates taken out by Pappoe who is straight off!
Four added minutes
Yeates toe-poke turned over bar by Walker.
Colchester's wall wins again.
But first a Colchester change, Pappoe for Gilbey.
Free-kick for City 20 yards out as Ravenhill sticks his head in where it hurts - and nearly loses it!
It's all hands to the pump for Colchester now as City pile forward.
Kop getting annoyed by amount of time Walker is taking over goal kicks.
McArdle heads wide from Yeates free-kick. Before goal kick is taken, City are making their final sub - Ravenhill for Doyle.
Reid's afternoon is done. On comes Yeates.
Massey hits the far post for Colchester.
Hanson header flashes past near post. That was close
Another good cross from Reid and another corner for City...
And the Kop unveil their first chant for the Italian...
Sub for City. De Vita coming on for Thompson with 15 minutes left.
Second sub for Colchester as Sears, back from injury, replaces the impressive Monakana
Reid dances way round Wilson and pulls back for Doyle but the finish is ugly and skies into the Kop.
Wells cuts into Colchester box but shouts from crowd for handball are ignored. Tries to set up Thompson but winger didn't react.
Eastmond break halted by shuddering tackle from Davies.
Jones drive blocked by Okuonghae
First sub of the day. Massey replaces Drey Wright
Meredith powers from one end to other.
Colchester still look a threat going forward and fashion a chance for Wilson to shoot over bar. Away fans won't give the ball back now...
David Wright booked for trip on Reid as it starts to hot up.
Colchester don't give the ball back and it gets a bit feisty in the dug-outs.
Doyle flattened by Davies after pair go for same ball. Midfielder continues after treatment.
Davies gets under his header and Walker catches under pressure from McArdle.
Lovely cross from Reid is flicked behind by Okuonghae for City corner.
Chance for Reid to run at them but excellent defending from Gilbey.
Doyle booked for late challenge. Third yellow card for the City enforcer
Yep it's Wells but the free-kick is a weak one and smothered by the white wall.
Free-kick for City 25 yards out. Wells or Reid? Think we know the answer...
Midland Road rings round the ground. At last the atmosphere is back...
Great strike from Thompson whistles just past post as Walker struggles to get across.
Colchester break well again but McLaughlin catches chip from Ibehre.
Goal was like slow motion. Everybody stopped as the ball dropped ever so gently into the net.
Na na na na na...... the song booms out
2-2! Meredith cross and WELLS flick header loops over Walker and under the bar. Just the nine goals for the season...
At least that's got the crowd going again
But no Stevenage repeat as wall do their job.
Reid over free-kick...
Wells brought down by Okuonghae right on corner of the box. Yellow card for the Colchester centre half.
Attendance is 13,570 with 189 visitors
Test of City's resolve second half - and the crowd's. Fans very muted after game started to go against home side.
Teams are back out.
Hope the fans get things going second half, very negative from the city faithful last 15 of the first half #bcafc— @RobSteiner82 14 September 2013
Not at the game due to poorly son, but looking at #bcafc hashtag a lot of people are pressing the panic button. Chill out its only halftime!— @PaulFixter 14 September 2013
I'm glad we haven't conceded in the last 3 home games if this is how we react #bcafc— @Matty_Robinson4 14 September 2013
Test of Parkinson's mettle today. Big second half to come to preserve Fortress Valley Parade #bcafc— @bcafc 14 September 2013
And that's half-time...
It's all gone very quiet.
Eastmond allowed to run too far unchecked but Gilbey's shot is a poor one.
Two minutes of added time.
Reid's deep free-kick met by Davies but his header into the ground is no problem for Walker.
Familiar loud-mouth moaning behind the press box. Doesn't take long ...
Not any more. Wilson curls free-kick high into the Kop
Another worrying moment...
Ibehre causing City problems as Jones bundles over Gilbey on edge of the D.
This probably isn't the right moment to mention that City haven't beaten Colchester for 31 years...
Another corner for Colchester, who are looking very dangerous.
Parky give us a wave is the cry from the TL Dallas Stand. He blanks them...
Bit of the stuffing been knocked out of the Bantams. Colchester fans making all the noise at the moment
And now it's 2-1 to Colchester! IBEHRE sent racing clear on his own by Monakana's through ball and coolly slots past McLaughlin.
Colchester have the bit between their teeth and Drey Wright tests McLaughlin with low curler. Keeper needs two bites at it.
City defence breached at home for first time in 298 minutes.
Walker claims it comfortably and launches quick counter attack with long clearance. Ball worked to MONAKANA and on-loan winger smashes shot into top corner. 1-1
Another City corner...
Reid in the wars again as he gets to 50-50 just ahead of Wilson. Takes a painful jab from the Colchester skipper in the process.
Thompson flicks corner out of danger.
Good break by the visitors as Wilson gets in behind Meredith. Davies clears his cross for a corner.
Clever flick-on header by Hanson catches Wells on his heels for once.
Wingers have switched sides to give Reid the chance to test Garbutt on his booking...
Shout for penalty as Wells nudged over but flag is up for offside. If Darby had taken it on instead of passing to him could have been number two...
Hanson header from free-kick saved by Walker.
You dirty Southern ..... chant the Kop. Garbutt is from Merseyside
Thompson too quick for Garbutt who cynically brings him down. Yellow card for on-loan Everton left back on his debut.
Wells has another crack just past the far post. He's got magic in his boots...
Should be 1-1 but Ibehre fires over bar from ten yards. Big let-off
1-0 to City! Defender skews clearance straight into path of WELLS. Looked like he'd got the ball stuck under his feet but City's top scorer then pivotted and drilled into the corner.
McArdle in right place at right time to clear from Eastmond as Colchester almost find an opening in box.
Simple catching practice for Walker.
Meredith gets forward for first (and not last) time this afternoon and earns corner number three for City.
Eastman is first to the cross but side-foot is well wide.
Hanson back in his own box to head away Garbutt kick and then cross back in. Still another corner for U's
Drey Wright cuts in to fire Colchester's first shot, deflection off Darby gives them a corner.
Garbutt catches Thompson napping to get forward for Colchester. His cross is well claimed by McLaughlin.
Reid tries a shot from 25 yards but it is a simple save for Walker. Good positive start from the home side.
City's early momentum continues. Darby whips cross into penalty spot where Wells attempts an overhead kick.
Davies gets a push in back as he jumps for header. Steve Parkin and Phil Parkinson both scream for a penalty but referee Tony Harrington sees nothing wrong...
Another City corner as Wells forces ball off David Wright.
Hanson nods it back into danger zone before U's hook it clear.
Great cross by Thompson and Okuonghae just flicks it behind as Hanson waits to pounce. City corner....
Thompson drills low cross into Colchester six-yard box but the flag is up for hand ball against the winger.
Here comes the roar... kick-off time.
Colchester wearing all white away kit. Don't know what's wrong with the usual blue and white stripes?
Rudamental on the play list. Cue the start of the singing from the Kop
Very small following from Colchester here today. Onus will be on home fans to make the noise.
Really hoping there'll be wins for @officialbantams & @Yorkshireccc today. Come on #bcafc & #yccc !!— @annfirth 14 September 2013
Come on City , make this late Saturday shift bearable by bringing in another three points . #bcafc— @CMH1967 14 September 2013
Interesting sub-plot today as Colchester centre half Magnus Okuonghae returns from suspension to face Nahki Wells, who pipped him from the short-list to win League One player of month for August.
Colchester include both this week's loan signings in their much-changed side today.
Everton left back Luke Garbutt and Preston winger Jeffrey Monakana both come straight into Joe Dunne's side.
Centre half Magnus Okuonghae is also back from suspension.
COLCHESTER: Walker, Wilson, Okuonghae, Eastman, Garbutt; David Wright, Eastmond; Drey Wright, Gilbey, Monakana; Ibehre. Subs: Morrison, Sears, Bean, Massey, Olufemi, Pappoe, Cousins.
There's no Carl McHugh on the bench because he took some hefty whacks in the reserves friendly at York on Tuesday.
Jason Kennedy has also been having some trouble with an ankle problem. Matt Taylor has recovered from his stiff back but with Luke Oliver already there, Phil Parkinson probably decided he didn't need two centre-halves as subs for a home game.
At Valley Parade. In my seat. Ready for some claret and amber shenanagins. #bcafc— @Gav_The_Bantam 14 September 2013
At Valley Parade ready for another win!! #bcafc ⚽— @GraceHolly75 14 September 2013
Sat waiting for game to start feeling sick or butterflies probably sick from the bovril love it or hate it #bcafc— @LesleyClarke87 14 September 2013
Rory McArdle comes back into the City defence after returning from his week away with Northern Ireland.
Given his excellent form up to now, it's no surprise that he replaces Luke Oliver. The big man is on the bench following his successful comeback from 11 months out in the win over Brentford.
There's another new face among the substitutes as Andy Gray is involved for the first time since breaking his arm in the opening pre-season friendly at Guiseley.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Gray, Connell, De Vita, Ravenhill, Oliver, Yeates, Ripley.
A class 4-1 win away at Doncaster and we're top of the league!! Nice to get another hat trick as well and keep my run going! #bcafc— @oli_mcburnie 14 September 2013
And another well done to youth-team goalmachine Oliver McBurnie, who made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks this morning at Doncaster.
That's 11 goals in five games for the young striker - handy that City tied him down on a pro contract the other week.
@oli_mcburnie Does anyone else get a look-in when you're on pitch? ☺ Well done #goalmachine #bcafc— @AdeleMc6 14 September 2013
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade as City look to maintain their 100 per cent home start.
Rory McArdle is expected to replace Luke Oliver at centre half after returning from Northern Ireland duty. I can't see any other changes from the side that dismantled ten-man Brentford.
Colchester's line-up will be a lot stronger than the one beaten last Sunday by Coventry at Northampton.
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