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FT: City 0 Rotherham 1
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Bogey side Rotherham maintained their grip over City with a 1-0 win at Valley Parade.
It was the sixth straight defeat against the Millers – who are now eight points ahead in the last play-off spot.
For City it was more home misery as they never recovered from a superb 21st-minute lob by Haris Vuckic, the on-loan Newcastle striker who they had nearly signed in August.
Garry Thompson was denied by a fine save from Adam Collin but the bulk of the chances were in favour of Steve Evans’ side. Bradford-born James Tavernier, another Rotherham have borrowed from the Toon, had three opportunities for a second goal.
Phil Parkinson handed a shock first start to teenager Oliver McBurnie up front. Carl McHugh was also recalled in defence for the suspended Rory McArdle.
But the changes could not alter the familiar pattern as Evans and Rotherham extended the hoodoo – and pushed City further away from contention.
And that is it folks, 1-0 to Rotherham
Lot of noise.... all from the Rotherham fans
Rotherham make a change as Pablo Mills (another old Crawley "favourite) replaces Revell
Five minutes of stoppage time. Long enough for City to stir the spirit of Coventry and Leyton Orient??
City sub, Oliver for McHugh, 87th minute. A Peter Taylor throwback here as Oliver goes up front...
Biggest crowd of the season here
Crowd is 18,218 with 2,501 from Rotherham...
Another one bites the dust. Skarz in trouble for dumping Meredith
McBurnie's afternoon ends after 73 minutes. On comes Connell
Gary Jones tracks all the way back to intercept in his own area.
Yeates sticks it right on the money but a grey head clears and it's counter-attack time....
Free-kick to City five yards from corner flag. No Reid warm-up this time..
Vital block from Bates as Agard looks to exploit gaps in City defence
Rotherham the brighter side. City need some inspiration as the Kop try to provide it
Good spell for the Millers. Frecklington's low cross-shot whistles across the goalmouth....
Tavernier again goes close with a low shot that McLaughlin pushes behind.
Pringle gets Rotherham's third booking for a foul on McBurnie.
Big chance for Rotherham again but Tavernier whacks over the bar
Wells, who has been quiet, has a shot but it's straight down Collin's throat.
City's first change as Yeates comes on for Thompson. He's not had a bad game to be fair and did have the best shot so far
Bout of head tennis in the Rotherham box. All ends with a terrible miscontrol from Meredith.
Play stopped as Thompson gets treatment after landing heavily.
Cmon City is the rallying cry as the fans do their bit as requested by the manager.
Lot of noise all round now but not a lot of football going on.
Would have been even more as Arnason heads against the post. But ref blows for his push anyway
Pressure still on with a Rotherham corner. Lot of noise that end
Tavernier, the Bradford-born defender, smacks it and McLaughlin makes an excellent save
Dangerous moments for the hosts. Pringle and Tavernier over it
Agard looks to break clear but Darby catches him. Booking for the right back
We're off again.
Ex-Huddersfield left back Skarz replaces Vuckic for second half.
So that's why Ricky Ravenhill is back ... to do the half-time 50/50 draw
1-0 to Rotherham....
Two minutes of added time.
This is better. Seeing some good football from #bcafc— @bantamsbanter 26 December 2013
City corner but Bates can only glance header. It's another corner tho...
No card for Darby there
Evans flies to the edge of the pitch to argue about foul on Pringle... The Kop question his girth
Reid is hobbling but he's going to be all right
And now it's convenient for him the striker returns for his punishment
Bond wants to book Vuckic but the Slovenian goes off for a drink first ...
Vuckic fells Reid with a clumsy challenge. The winger stays down
McBurnie shields ball to set up Thompson whose blast is tipped away for corner.
That's much better from City and the crowd respond
Thompson cuts in from left wing to have a crack but his shot is swept away. McBurnie's soft header is caught by Collin.
Evans emerges wide-armed to protest a decision. Derision ensues
Sniff for McBurnie as he collects Reid's jabbed pass but Morgan swiftly slams the door shut
Reid does the above-head routine before placing.... and Jones sends it straight into Collin's arms. Real waste
Free-kick to City five yards outside angle of box. Chance to regain some momentum maybe
The set-piece from Pringle beats everyone except Agard who runs it out with a poor first touch
Rotherham have the upper hand as they force another corner.
Davis going off to be replaced by Millsom. The Jamaican, one of the many red cards from the Crawley brawl, departs to boos.
Rotherham about to make a sub.
Low shot from Agard which McLaughlin saves comfortably
"That man Steve Evans, he's laughing at you" is the mocking chant from the Bradford End
Frecklington rode a couple of challenges, slipped the ball to Agard who teed up Vuckic for the strike. Jon McLaughlin clutching thin air
Would you believe it! Haris VUCKIC, who nearly came to City on loan in August, breaks the deadlock with a perfect lob from corner of the box. 1-0 to Rotherham
And Bradley's name is taken
Complaints from Parky as Bradley goes in late on Doyle.
Great control and shot on turn out of nothing by Wells almost catches out Collin. Ball bounces beyond far post with keeper scrambling.
Long clearance gets Vuckic briefly in behind City back four but his shot is charged down by Bates.
Evans pops his head above the dug-out briefly and gets a few well-intended comments from the fans sat behind.
Bates gets important nick on Pringle's corner to clear the goal mouth.
Corner for Rotherham
Reid annoys the away end by bouncing the ball several times before Jones sends in a dangerous free-kick which no one can get a head on..
Chance for City to apply some pressure here...
Slip from Frecklington allows Reid to break. Meredith fouled by Bradley level with Millers box.
Played short and Reid's cross is volleyed out by Morgan.
And that IS a corner for City as Reid cross turned behind off Bradley's back.
Another long throw from Arnason dealt with
McHugh wins header above Vuckic, who complains in vain for a push.
Game being played at a ferocious pace
Fair to say that left the City dug-out shaken and stirred...
Terrible refereeing alert.... Thompson cross deflects off defender. Mr Bond gives a goal kick
McBurnie levelled by Davis. Welcome to League One, son
Long throw-in into City box. Meredith and Thompson deal with it and some neat control from McBurnie wins throw on halfway. Good start for the lad
Evans sat deep in his dug-out. His animated sidekick Paul Rayner in the box ready to contest every decision no doubt...
McBurnie touches the ball to Wells and off we go. City defending Kop first half
Parky high-fives Billy Bantam. We're ready ....
Rotherham sporting military grey away kit
Stirring chorus of Midland Road as the players head for the centre circle...
And the Kop serenade Steve Evans with a song of dubious taste
Bring on the Bantams cry the Kop as the atmosphere continues to crank up. Cheer leaders waiting to greet the teams on the pitch - getting a predictable "welcome" from the away end...
#Bcafc cheerleaders? bring back the Zumba ladies!— @PoweredByPepsi 26 December 2013
Best of luck to @oli_mcburnie today on his first senior start... we've popped £20 on you fella to score at any time... so no rush! #bcafc— @BradfordFCFire 26 December 2013
Noise starts to crank up with 15 minutes to go til kick-off. Good volume from both ends
City's last win against Rotherham seems many moons ago.... Jacko's first victory as caretaker boss over Ronnie Moore's Millers.
Was it or wasn't it over the line from Tom Adeyemi??!
I'm really glad to see @oli_mcburnie start for Bradford today, a goal machine in our other squads. Best of luck lad, you deserve it! #bcafc— @ABronsSmith 26 December 2013
Don't think Connell is an out and out striker needs to play behind the strikers in the hole, reckon that's why McBurnie is starting #bcafc— @BantamsSte94 26 December 2013
What an opportunity for McBurnie. Good luck. Come on City!!!!!! #bcafc— @BantamsCraig 26 December 2013
#bcafc might sound stupid but I can't see beyond a 0-2/3 today to #rufc hate saying that and hope I'm proved wrong. Will see at 16:50— @AaaDee9 26 December 2013
Rotherham make one enforced change after Nouha Dicko was recalled on Monday by Wigan.
Alex Revell takes his place up front, otherwise it's the side that led 3-1 against Wolves and had to make do with a point.
ROTHERHAM (4-4-1-1): Collin, Bradley, Davis, Morgan, Tavernier, Agard, Arnason, Frecklington, Pringle, Vuckic, Revell. Subs: Brindley, Skarz, Mills, O'Connor, Milsom, Tidser, Shearer.
Mcburnie starts #bcafc #inparkywetrust— @bantam_fan 26 December 2013
Phil Parkinson has made a huge call by handing Oliver McBurnie his full City debut.
The teenager, who has been in explosive goal-scoring form for the youth team, steps up to partner Nahki Wells up front.
James Hanson is again out and Andy Gray, who came off the bench to score against Peterborough, failed to recover from the dead leg he suffered in that game.
The other two changes from Saturday see Carl McHugh replace the suspended Rory McArdle and Kyel Reid earns a recall in place of Mark Yeates.
Interestingly, Ricky Ravenhill is back on the bench. City cut short his loan spell from Northampton following Aidy Boothroyd's departure.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Bates, McHugh, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Wells, McBurnie. Subs: Ravenhill, Oliver, Kennedy, Yeates, Taylor, Connell, Ripley.
off to VP shortly for the big Boxing Day clash. determined to retain all of my festive cheer whatever 'that lot' throw at us #bcafc— @mdavos18 26 December 2013
Rory McArdle has been out for a run with fitness coach Nick Allamby but the defender is suspended for today.
James Hanson has also been spotted on the pitch but don't think he'll be back in action.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Coral Windows Stadium for City's Yorkshire derby with Rotherham.
The pitch looks in perfect nick after the overnight frost. Let's hope the football can match it and the Bantams can end their five-game losing run against the visitors.
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