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Live blog: Bantams v Tranmere
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Ryan Lowe's goal inflicted a first home defeat of the season for City on an afternoon of frustration at Valley Parade.
Lowe fired home on the counter attack in the second half - the first goal the Bantams had conceded after the break for eight league games.
City huffed and puffed but could not find a way through Ronnie Moore's men.
There were two big shouts for penalties, particularly when Mark Yeates looked to be pulled back. But the Bantams for once fired a blank against the side who had started the day on the bottom of the table.
Moore gives the crowd a sarcastic wave - and gets a song in return.
Parkinson and Moore having a very animated discussion...
And that's it. A first home defeat of the season for City
Jones so close to bundling home from close range...
Yeates kick catches the wind and flies from one side to the other...
Another City corner.
Tranmere use up a few more vital seconds, replacing Lowe with Stockton.
Yeates works way into decent crossing position but his ball into box is far too hefty.
Five minutes of added time to save the day
Fon Williams does well to punch away above several City heads
Corner number seven for the Bantams
Folan heads back across goal but there's only white shirts there
City piling on the pressure again
McLaughlin and Doyle almost get in an horrendous mess at one end before City go close with Folan's header well saved by Fon Williams.
City make their final sub. De Vita replaces Kennedy
Tranmere fans in good voice at the top of the TL Dallas Stand.
Folan catches Ridehalgh late and that's the sixth booking of the day
No nonsense defending again from Tranmere to clear their lines
Throw-in for City level with Tranmere box, everyone up
Tranmere happy to take as long as they can over set-pieces.... but Fon Williams has finally got his yellow for time-wasting
Bell-Baggie on for Kirby.
Quick feet from Yeates to beat two players but cannot get past a third in the corner of the penalty area.
Everyone bar McLaughlin now in Tranmere half.
Tranmere's first change, Horwood for McNulty.
Yeates dinks cross to far post - and it hits the far post and bounces over.
Hanson goes down but the shout for a penalty comes from the crowd rather than the players.
Ironic cheer as ref blows for trip on Jones.
City switched to a 3-4-1-2 formation
Connell ready to come on as Tranmere kick the ball away to waste more time. Oliver coming off
Goodison slides to block Hanson shot. City got men in the box but cannot find a way through.
That goal is the first one City have conceded in the second half in the league since Port Vale on August 17.
Reid shot blocked for City corner. Need a quick response but Fon Williams catches the poor corner.
There's a goal - for Tranmere. LOWE shoots through McLaughlin's legs with low cross shot.
Reid has another go - and this one's a lot closer as it fizzes just over the angle of post and bar.
It's Thompson coming off for Folan, 23 minutes left.
Yeates makes space for a shot. Decent strike but off the target.
Folan stripped and ready for home debut.
Quick throw from Thompson on halfway gives Reid room to run. Charges towards penalty area and low shot saved by Fon Williams. Better from City
Jones forced to hack the ball away from City six-yard box as Tranmere get numbers upfield.
Crowd today is 14,674 with 430 away fans
Yeates almost in behind Tranmere back four. Wonder if Wells would have got there?
Wayward drive for Reid and a yellow card for Thompson for trip on McNulty.
Last-ditch tackle from McNulty thwarts Hanson at near post. Hanson gets his head on the corner but ball flies harmlessly wide.
Back now hopefully. You've missed two Tranmere shots wide from Power and Kirby and a ticking-off for their keeper for time-wasting.
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Expected this sort of negative gamesmanship from a Ronnie Moore side but the refereeing has been beyond woeful. #bcafc— @hmakohan 13 October 2013
And that's half-time which is greeted with some boos for the referee and Goodison. The Jamaican leaves the field deep in conversation with the official, who is also flanked by a couple of stewards.
Kennedy takes the sting of blast by Hateley.
Fon Williams happy to take his time as half-time approaches.
Important save from McLaughlin to finger-tip away McNulty's curling free-kick.
Four minutes of stoppages as Tranmere win free-kick near to byline.
#trfc what a brilliant, skillful team you are. Not. 3 clear penalties and an elbow inside 45 minutes. Enjoy the second half #bcafc— @LukeGBantam 13 October 2013
@ParkerTandA you chat some crap on your live blog! No mention of Parkinson shoving goodison which he should of been punished for !— @Eddie_Trfc 13 October 2013
Thompson looks to put Hanson in but far too much on his pass.
First genuine effort on target as Atkinson meets Ridehalgh cross with a header which McLaughlin saves to his left.
To be fair, Tranmere doing a good containing job on City so far and looking to break in numbers.
Not been a great footballing spectacle. Most of the excitement has revolved around the shenanigans by the dug-outs.
Poor cross from Meredith straight into Fon Williams' arms.
City throw-in right by the corner flag.
Now Parkinson having a row with Ryan Lowe after the Tranmere striker shoves Doyle into the bench.
Another shout for a penalty as Yeates upended. Again it's turned down...
Goodison booed every time he touches the ball.
Well that's livened the place up...
Goodison stays down to general abuse from the crowd
Hanson takes retribution with trip on Goodison - and gets booked as well.
Ref's copped out there
Boos all round as Goodison escapes with a yellow card.
It took 26 minutes....
Moore having his say with the referee - and the famous chant begins.
Right in front of City dug-out and Parkinson straight out to have a go at the Jamaican. Then everyone gets involved in the melee
Goodison forearm smash into Reid's face and it's all kicking off!!
Firm header out by Kennedy before Tom Hateley shoots into the stand. Not quite his old man's touch...
Curious decision against Reid gives Tranmere free-kick level with City box.
Game starting to hot up a bit.
Parkinson, arms outstretched, has a go at the assistant but ref Darren Drysdale was adamant
Reid on the run. Cross blocked away and another huge penalty shout as Thompson goes down. Again nothing given...
The wonderfully-named Max Power has a shot which is deflected away for a Tranmere corner
Big shout from Kop for a penalty as Kennedy is wrestled to ground by Goodison. Nothing doing and Tranmere counter ...
Dangerous cross from Thompson headed behind by Taylor. Corner count now 2-2
Easy catch for McLaughlin
Important tackle from Oliver concedes a second Tranmere corner
Yeates plays free-kick short to Reid who tries to re-enact his Walsall wonder goal. It flies near the corner flag....
McNulty booked for flattening Darby.
Reid coming in for some harsh treatment. No change there
Meredith does well to get cross in, Hanson blocked but ball pops across for Darby to flash volley narrowly over bar.
Thompson tries to latch on a long goal kick as visitors allow ball to bounce. City have throw deep in Tranmere territory.
Tranmere playing with a bit of confidence early on considering their position. Lowe has first shot of game but it's off balance and well off target.
Tranmere already taking their time at throw-ins trying to kill the clock.
First sign of a Ronnie Moore tantrum on the touchline as he disputes throw-in
Yeates kick aims for Kennedy but Taylor flicks the ball away.
Corner for City. Up goes the volume
Hanson's head on the end of it.
Ref not happy with pushing and shoving at back post before corner.
Meredith, wearing gloves for first time this season, nips across quickly with neat interception from Ridehalgh but it's a corner for Tranmere.
Hanson wins header from McLaughlin free-kick and it almost drops for Yeates to volley in box.
Goodison's first touch on his landmark game is a wild hoof straight up in the air.
City get this game going
Chorus of Midland Road greets kick-off. Tranmere win the toss and turn the teams round so City attacking the Kop first half.
Great reception for Phil Parkinson as he walks to dug-out. Ronnie Moore was ignored by most...
And here come the teams...
If we send Tranmere packing we can put sum daylight between us and other teams in playoffs!Good luck @jason7kennedy on your VP debut #bcafc— @chrisbcfc 13 October 2013
Wacked £10 on @KReidy11 to score first. £110 return if so. come on son. #bcafc— @Alastair1903 13 October 2013
Ian Goodison makes his 400th appearance for Tranmere this afternoon. The Jamaican centre half is 41 next month.
Owain Fon Williams has returned from sitting on the Wales bench on Friday to play in goal.
TRANMERE: Fon Williams, Holmes, Goodison, Taylor, McNulty, Kirby, Hateley, Atkinson, Power, Ridehalgh, Lowe. Subs: Horwood, Bell-Baggie, Rowe, Stockton, Sodje, Morris, Watkins.
Matthew Bates and Carl McHugh have added to City's defensive options this afternoon.
But Phil Parkinson has gone with Luke Oliver and Nathan Doyle as his pairing in the middle of the back four as they come to terms with the absence of Andrew Davies.
With Doyle dropping back to defence, Jason Kennedy comes in for his first league start - and first appearance at Valley Parade.
New signing Bates and McHugh, who was flown back specially by the club from international duty in Romania, are both on the bench.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Oliver, Doyle, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Kennedy, Reid, Yeates, Hanson. Subs: Connell, Folan, Gray, McHugh, Bates, De Vita, Ripley.
City have signed defender Matthew Bates on a three-month deal.
The 26-year-old, who is on the bench today, has been a free agent after a short spell with Bristol City last season.
Bates made his name with Middlesbrough but his career has been hampered by knee injuries.
Meredith to the left of me Darby to my right here I am stuck in the middle mchugh #bcafc— @dudleyhill6 13 October 2013
Nervous about #bcafc game today. Must remind myself we're not the same team that messed these games up in the past! #win— @NikkiBantam 13 October 2013
Good afternoon and welcome from a soggy Valley Parade as City look to make it four wins in a row against bottom club Tranmere.
No team news yet but Carl McHugh is here after being flown back from Romania in time to be involved.
He was an unused sub in the Republic of Ireland under-21s' 0-0 draw on Friday.
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