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FT: City 1 Leyton Orient 1
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Nahki Wells fired home a superb free-kick in stoppage time to save City against the leaders.
Leyton Orient looked set for a classic smash-and-grab victory after scoring with their only shot on target.
But Wells was fouled just outside the box and stepped up to curl the set-piece into the top corner and earn a point the home side deserved.
City felt they should have had an early penalty when Wells was nudged in the back by Romain Vincelot.
James Hanson flashed a close-range header across goal and Kyel Reid’s thunderbolt was tipped over by Jamie Jones.
But Leyton Orient stunned Valley Parade by grabbing the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Lloyd James had room to fire off a shot from the corner of the box and his wind-assisted effort flew past Jon McLaughlin.
And it's all done. Another draw but City will take that. 1-1
Top of the league, you're having a laugh..... That's the chant from the Kop now
That's goal number 15 for the guy who must not be allowed to leave in January....
What do I know!!! WELLS curls it into top corner, 1-1
Hard to get it up and down from here. Maybe hard and low and hope the wall jump..
Wells wrestled down on edge of the Orient box. Booking for Baudry
Five minutes of stoppages...
Jones does well to claim Meredith's cross as Hanson comes charging in.
Odebajo cross drops invitingly for Batt but he fails to hit target. Could have settled it there and then
Hand ball, hand ball chirp those in the away end with every City touch
Desperate shout for hand ball from the crowd. You know the rest...
Second sub for the visitors, Bartley for Batt. Trying to shore things up
It's the Irishman who curls over the wall but the save is an easy one.
Reid over it, Yeates behind him...
Connell neatly brings down McArdle long ball and then gets checked. Free-kick for City 25 yards out
De Vita shows some fast feet before going down theatrically. Goal kick says the ref
City switch formations to 3-4-1-2 with Connell just behind front two
Off come Doyle and Bates
City ready to make a double sub as Connell and De Vita strip for action
Yeates and Reid try to play it short. Big fail
Make that ten...
Corner number nine for City....
Jones uses the ref to shield the ball before setting up Wells. His effort cannons behind off Clarke.
Keeper Jamie Jones annoying the crowd by taking his time with goal kicks. Where have we seen this before??
Sub for Leyton Orient. Lisbie replaces Simpson, 73min
Sub Jason Kennedy jumps into the crowd to fetch the ball. Everyone getting into it
City trying to turn the screw but Orient threaten on the break. Game becoming a lot more open
Darby stays cool to diffuse potentially dangerous situation in City box.
That's got the crowd rocking once again
Keeper makes point blank block from Doyle chip. Midfielder has another effort blocked in front of line from resulting corner
Crowd is 14,292 with 374 from Leyton Orient
And here's that standard City change, Yeates for Thompson 64th minute
Clarke gets underneath his header and skies it over the bar.
Corner number 6 for the O's
Yeates going through his stretches on the sidelines. Ready for his usual 20-minute cameo
Orient threaten to add to their worries as great ball into the box from James just eludes the stretching Batt.
Kop maintaining a good atmosphere as City look for a way back into the game.
Despite being second best, one goal from one shot on target suggests why they're top. #lofc #bcafc— @M_Shaw1 14 December 2013
Reid finds room for shot and it goes high, wide and not very handsome
Wells causes panic in the six-yard box and ball pops out for Doyle volley which is deflected behind.
Vincelot volley smacks against the TL Dallas sign at the top of the stand.
Batt wins Orient corner off Bates.
Classy interception from Darby to thwart Orient counter-attack.
Panicky defending from Orient but pressure eased when Hanson pulled up for high kicking
Corner for City and volume hits the max
Hanson takes a lift off Cuthbert's shoulders but still cannot reach free-kick from Jones.
City looking to get straight on the front foot as second half begins. Reid fouled almost immediately.
But equally proof why Leyton Orient are where they are in table. And it's 1-0 at the break
That's really knocked the stuffing out the place. Harsh on City after good first-half display
1-0 Orient! Great goal curled in by JAMES from corner of box. Looked like it was wind-assisted.
Two minutes of added time to play.
Thompson produces great bit of defending to nick the ball away in the box after Odubajo looks to set up unmarked Batt.
Darby caught late by Simpson but no card
Wells chases down Meredith chip over the top to earn City's fourth corner.
Good tempo to City's play.
Hanson and Wells flick on for Thompson to have a crack. Omozusi makes important block
Hanson gets a lecture after foul on Clarke. But no card for the City big man
Na na Nahki Wells is the chant... as the striker hammers the free-kick into the wall. Danger averted
Reid upended by Omozusi in the Orient D. Booking for Leyton Orient left back
Reid accompanied by two men every time but he's still posing problems for the visitors
Doyle scuffs shot - and turns into the perfect pass for Reid. Rocket shot follows which Jones tips over the bar!
Batt whacks it away - or should that be cover drives??!!
Another City corner to follow
Surging run from one end to the other from Thompson who wins a corner for City. Top effort
Won them another corner though, which Hanson heads away.
Not sure Steven Pressley would be too impressed with Orient's approach...
Simpson tees up Batt for low 25-yarder but it's well off target.
Maybe a bit groggy but the Northern Irish international is back on his feet and ready to plough on
McArdle on the floor getting treatment after hefty collision with Batt.
Leyton Orient up a gear and Odubajo shot deflected behind by stretching McArdle.
Half volley from Cox threatens the top tier of the Kop.
So close! Jones free-kick flicked across goal and Hanson flashes header just past far post.
Reid shows off his skills to torment Cuthbert who brings him down. Parkinson wants a card but City get the free-kick.
Low cross from Reid and Thompson's shot on the turn forces a routine save from Jones.
Overhead attempt from Cuthbert flies into the Kop.
C'mon Orient "roar" the travelling few
Batt volley cannons off McArdle for first corner of the game.
McLaughlin out quickly to slide ball away from Batt after Odubajo's pass lofted towards City penalty area.
Now there's a shout for hand ball against Clarke. Again Mr Heywood is unmoved
Big shout for a penalty as Wells turns in box and gets nudged from behind by Vincelot. But ref gives nothing .... (for a change)
Reid threatens to get behind Orient defence but overruns ball for goal kick
Uncertainty in Orient box as Jones can only half-punch Thompson cross away. Reid shot blocked before defence can clear
Long throw time as Clarke hurls one into City box. Doyle sees it away with his right knee...
Leyton Orient get it underway kicking towards the Kop.
It's a short sleeves and gloves afternoon - if you're James Meredith.
And here come the teams. Leyton Orient wearing their red home shirts but no clash of kit
Atmosphere starting to build as kick-off gets nearer. First (of many) chant from the Kop
Fish n Chips. Football. Beer. Curry. #today #simplelife #bcafc— @mickswales 14 December 2013
C'mon the mighty bantams, feels like forever has passed since last home match. Good performance please lads!! #bcafc— @BantamFirth 14 December 2013
Referee is Mark Heywood not Colin Boyeson. Apparently it was changed during the week but nobody told the club...
And Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade - who missed out on the City job to Peter Taylor in 2010 - reckons this is their "toughest assignment" of the season so far.
Leyton Orient stats to remember:
1) Most goals of any team in the country.
2) Scored in every away game this season.
3) Best away record in League One.
4) Lost only four games since February 26.
But City always raise their game against better opposition....
I image Russell Slades favourite Christmas song isn't Merry Christmas Everybody. #bcafc #lofc— @Its_MikeM 14 December 2013
Brass band appears on the pitch. Just when you think it couldn't get any more festive than Shakin Stevens on the PA ...
Leaders Leyton Orient are missing top scorer David Mooney, who starts his suspension for last week's FA Cup red card against Walsall.
Kevin Lisbie, his regular strike partner, is back in the squad after injury but starts on the bench.
Skipper Nathan Clarke also returns at centre half.
LEYTON ORIENT: Jones, Omozusi, Clarke, James, Cuthbert, Odubajo, Vincelot, Baudry, Cox, Simpson, Batt. Subs: Sawyer, Lisbie, Lasimant, Gorman, Bartley, Wright, Larkins.
Garry Thompson is fine to continue after an injection on his troublesome Achilles so City name the same starting line-up.
There is one change on the bench where Carl McHugh returns from his recent ankle injury to replace Matt Taylor.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Kennedy, Yeates, McHugh, Connell, De Vita, McBurnie, Ripley.
Unchanged?!? Am I the only one that can tell we aren't creative enough in midfield? #bcafc— @louram123 14 December 2013
Festive tunes blaring out across Valley Parade. Ho, ho, ho!
Looking forward to the game, feels like forever since I've been to Valley Parade! #bcafc— @nickfoster_ 14 December 2013
I feel sorry for mark yeates #bcafc moves down a division from a play off final side and doesnt even start— @RyanKehoe 14 December 2013
City's starting line-up is unchanged from the draw at Oldham a fortnight ago.
Just waiting for confirmation on the subs but Carl McHugh is back on the bench after his recent ankle injury.
Leyton Orient may be top of the table but their players are taking pictures of Valley Parade as they walk around the pitch.
Good afternoon and welcome from the Coral Windows Stadium as City face the League One leaders.
It is the start of a daunting run for the Bantams, who have not won here since September 28.
Bizarrely it's only the second Saturday afternoon home game since then - the last was against Wolves at the end of October.
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