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Crewe Alexandra 0 Bradford City 0
James Hanson came closest to breaking the deadlock but could not find the net as City’s winless run extended to a fifth match.
The striker dragged a right-foot shot wide from 12 yards in the 51st minute after Nathan Doyle’s effort deflected into his path.
In the 64th minute, Hanson went even closer after connecting with James Meredith’s left-wing cross with a downward header which drew a smart save from Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin.
In truth genuine goalscoring opportunities were scarce throughout and the result left City with just two points from their last five outings.
Nahki Wells, back in the starting line-up in the only change from the side which lost to Wolves last weekend, looked lively during the opening period but gradually faded.
Struggling Crewe put up a spirited performance and fashioned numerous half-chances, with substitute Bradden Inman curling a superb low shot just wide of Jon McLaughlin’s far post.
Phil Parkinson brought on Garry Thompson, Mark Yeates and Caleb Folan in the final quarter but the Bantams could not make the breakthrough against their lowly hosts at a windswept Gresty Road.
In fact it was Crewe who finished the game the stronger of the sides but the scores deservedly ended level.
Crewe have looked more likely to snatch it here but it ends 0-0. A fair result.
Three minutes of added time...
Inman beats Darby down the left flank and whips in a brilliant low cross which Meredith cleared at the expense of a corner...
Mark Yeates on for Kyel Reid... about three minutes to go...
Crewe substitute Inman almost curls a shot into the far corner...
Crewe upping the tempo here... still goalless but you sense one goal would settle it... about 12 mins left...
75 mins... Inman on for Clayton...
De Vita has been poor today. Get the ball to Garry Thommo and see what he can do. 15 mins to avoid a fifth game without a win..
Referee getting abuse from the City fans after at least two questionable free-kicks awarded to Crewe... and Thompson is on for De Vita...
Yeates or Thompson for De Vita?
Meredith cross to the far post - Hanson heads the ball goalwards but Martin makes a fine save at the expense of a corner...
Fine save from McLaughlin with his fingertips to tip away Harry Davis' free-kick for a corner... City clear the danger...
Meredith booked for bringing down Anthony Grant... dangerous free-kick for Crewe now 25 yards out...
Great defending from Nathan Doyle to keep Max Clayton at bay down the left flank... still goalless...
Jones corner from the left and Hanson connects but cannot beat Alan Martin at the far post...
55 mins.. Mellor heads a superb cross from Darby clear at the far post with Hanson breathing down his neck...
City in a lucky escape after a poor backpass from Darby puts McLaughlin in trouble. The Bantams survive.
Temperatures have dropped noticeable as the game has wore on... almost 1,400 travelling supporters in great voice, though.
51 mins... Hanson drags a shot wide after an effort from Doyle was deflected into his path. Great chance spurned.
Phil Parkinson cuts a frustrating figure in his technical area. His men have yet to get a grip of this match. Goalless at the break.
Wells shoots wide from a Hanson flick-on.... can #bcafc make the breakthrough before the break?
Darby cross to Hanson, who gets a touch at the far post but cannot divert it goalwards.
30 mins - Wells drags a left-foot shot wide after Nathan Doyle sent him clear... Att: 5,428 (1,371 from Bradford)
Nahki Wells blasts over from 20 yards after a neat touch from Stephen Darby...
25 – some delightful passing from Reid, Jones and Meredith forces a corner which is played short but comes to nothing. Still 0-0.
City force a corner but it comes to nothing. Still goalless.
George Evans hits a shot from 20 yards which Jon McLaughlin parries to safety... Crewe getting on top here...
Hanson blazes over from 16 yards after Crewe fail to clear their lines…
Jones to Meredith, who crosses to De Vita whose header is saved...
11 mins... De Vita booked for foul on Guthrie....
Crewe looking tidy in possession and have forced another corner... still goalless...
Lively start from both sides here... goalless after three minutes...
Slight delay to kick (3.05pm kick-off)...
Big following of Bantams supporters here, the best part of a thousand I'd say...
Two an a half hours later, I'm in Crewe! http://t.co/ODEsacGvYr— @aaronbower 02 November 2013
Subs: Garratt, Ellis, Osman, Leitch-Smith, Ray, Inman, Molyneux
Crewe side: Martin, Mellor, Davis, Dugdale, Clayton, Moore, Guthrie, Oliver, Evans, Aneke, Grant
Subs: Ripley, Kennedy, Thompson, Yeates, Taylor, McHugh, Folan
Bantams side: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, Meredith, De Vita, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Hanson, Wells
One change for City as Nahki Wells replaces Garry Thompson up front...
Phil Parkinson's men encountered traffic hold-ups en-route to Crewe but have arrived and we are set for a 3pm kick-off as scheduled...
Welcome to Gresty Road for this afternoon's League One encounter as the Bantams aim for their first win in five games...
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