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FT: City 1 Swindon 1
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City’s three-month wait for a home win goes on after Swindon hit back to earn a draw in the last game of 2013.
They also lost Nahki Wells in the first half with a hamstring injury.
Rory McArdle returned from suspension to head the Bantams in front with his third goal of the season after 16 minutes.
But the seventh-placed visitors equalised midway through the second half thanks to a fineindividual goal from Alex Pritchard.
City had James Hanson back from injury and looked a much better team for it. Ricky Ravenhill was also recalled for his first league start of the season and gave a typically combative display.
But the draw means they have now gone seven games since their last Valley Parade victory.
Time's up and it finishes 1-1
Swindon almost pinch it as Storey's cross shot is pushed wide by McLaughlin.
The fourth official says five minutes
Reid cross charged down. Ball comes back to the winger who fires wastefully into the Kop
Doyle has done well since he came on. The kick up the backside for being dropped clearly worked
And it's over the bar.
But Yeates is and he's over it...
Doyle flattened on edge of the Swindon D. Exactly the position where Wells scored from against Orient.
Aah, he's not out there...
Warning for City as Byrne whistles one narrowly wide from Swindon corner.
Booking for McArdle for foul on Pritchard by angle of City box
Good shot from Doyle and good save from Foderingham to turn it behind.
McBurnie forces hurried clearance from keeper. Reid picks it up and gets flattened by Louis Thompson. How is that not a booking referee?
Doyle sweeps ball forward for Hanson to chase but Ward goes to ground and the ref penalises the City striker..
Jones puts it right on the money but Foderingham manages to scramble it off the head of Hanson.
Corner and plenty of noise...
Great control from Yeates to bring down McArdle's crossfield pass and burst into box. But he is thwarted there by well-timed tackle from Byrne.
Hanson gets 2/3 good chances every single game. Key player but doesn't score as much as he should #bcafc— @MeatIsMurd3r 29 December 2013
Swindon make a sub now, Gladwin for Kasim.
20 minutes of normal time to go roughly
And a second one, Doyle for Ravenhill - who did a good job today.
City sub as Thompson makes way for McBurnie.
Cmon City roar the Kop as the momentum continues.
Yeates trying to find his way past three blue shirts in box. Shot is charged down but City still on the front foot
This is a better spell from the home side
Keeper punches out as Hanson storms in.
Pritchard trips Meredith near to corner flag. Chance for City to apply some pressure again
City getting more ragged and passes looser.
All Swindon at the moment
1-1! Nathan Thompson feeds pass from halfway and PRITCHARD beats at least three City players before firing into bottom corner.
Hanson glances Jones's set-piece wide
Booming ironic cheer as City win a free-kick. Their third in an hour.
Pritchard makes room for a low shot from the corner of the box which he drags against the advertising board. That gets the Swindon fans singing and the rest of the ground going
The crowd is 13,461
Play stopped again as Hall still limping. Raphael Branco (who sounds like a Goodfellas extra) ready to come on
Superb cross from Reid, Hanson header is straight at Foderingham.
Miscontrol from Thompson and a few groans. Crowd bit nervous despite City being in front
Break in play as Hall down. More boos and "sympathy" from the Kop....
Nathan Thompson adopts the role of pantomime villain. Oh yes he does...
Thompson doesn't .... Boos all round
Yeates gets the card
Going to be at least one booking here...
Yeates fouls Louis Thompson and Nathan Thompson barges in to have a moan. Heated start to the half..
Swindon get us going again
Guess Tommo will get another 15/20 mins, Yeates will go to RW and one of the young guns up front #bcafc— @toddmustgo 29 December 2013
Here come the teams for the second half...
And that's the whistle. 1-0 to City at the break...
Game petering out towards half-time. City will take that.
Ball drops at the feet of McHugh but the young Irishman cannot find a clean sight on goal
Corner for City as Swindon make a change, Storey replacing McEveley.
Four minutes of added time to play.
Reid finds Meredith on the overlap into the Swindon box but the defender's low cross is behind Hanson. Pity that, good opportunity
Pritchard takes it - and bends it past the near post.
Free-kick for Swindon five yards outside the penalty area.
Pritchard is a target for Championship clubs and you can see why. Proving a handful for City - and for McLaughlin who needed two grabs at his bobbling shot.
McArdle and Hanson both go for same header. Defender gets it and then wonders why he didn't get a shout
Corner for Swindon this time. But there's a brief delay while Ravenhill is attended to by physio Matt Barrass.
Jones puts too much loft on it and the ball sails past everyone.
Foderingham rises above the pack to punch clear. Then Reid's cross turned behind for another corner
Really open encounter this as City win their second corner. Cmon Rory...
Good block from McArdle to charge down Luongo shot on edge of box.
Corner for Swindon, who have come back well since going behind.
Not sure what's wrong with him. Looks like it might be his knee
Blow for City as Wells limps off. On comes Yeates.
Close shave for City as McArdle at full stretch cannot reach through ball. Slows it down into path of Ajose but McLaughlin out quickly to smother at the striker's feet.
Hall gets in front of McArdle to win header from free-kick but cannot direct his effort.
Good defending from Ward to block Reid's low cross as the winger drilled the ball into the six-yard box.
Swindon have definitely got a goal in them though. Byrne puts header just wide from another dangerous angled cross from right wing.
Wells drifts in from right flank to drill a shot into the side-netting.
Valley Parade is a different place as the smiles return
That's the first time City have led in a home game since Wolves in October.
And it's 1-0! Jones corner is met by a thumping header from McARDLE and the ball flies in off the underside of the bar....
Corner to City as the volume level is turned up.
Ravenhill tries acrobatic volley which balloons into TL Dallas Stand. Now that would have been a story...
Game livening up nicely as Hanson shot charged down on edge of the Swindon box.
Fantastic bit of defending from Darby to thwart Swindon counter-attack. Ajose cross set to pick out Byrne for far-post tap-in but the right back is across with a perfect lunging interception.
Massive shout for handball as it clearly catches Ward on the arm. Parky has arms outstretched like an Aussie fast bowler but nothing doing. Again
Kasim worms his way past Darby then tries a trick too many and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
There he goes... flying into Luongo. Foul but no card for now
What's the sweepstake on Ravenhill's booking time?
Notice Nathan Byrne has the same pair for Swindon. Must be a left back thing
Meredith won't get lost in the fog in those boots. City's left back wearing a pair of real flourescent bad boys
Early shot from Pritchard and it's a decent one, flying just over the City bar.
City get things going with the Kop at their backs...
Good reception for Phil Parkinson. As there should be despite the recent run of results...
The Kop start to warm things up...
Here come the teams to the "glorious" strains of Claret and Amber ....
Seems a bit quiet at the moment. Not that usual sense of optimism and pre-match anticipation
We need some new midfielders - they lack goals between them, the technical ability is there, just not the athleticism. #bcafc— @SamVarneyyy 29 December 2013
This time last year City were being given the run-around by a Jason Kennedy-inspired Rochdale here - starting a run of three months without a home win.
Would be nice if a similar run could come to an end this afternoon.
We can trace our poor run of results back to the introduction of the yellow ball. #bringbackwhiteballs #bcafc— @Ianhirst666 29 December 2013
Big Hans back will see a huge transformation in our performance today. #bcafc— @aaronbower 29 December 2013
#bcafc feeling optimistic with the announcement of todays line up. Hanson back and McHugh alongside McArdle.— @brightonbantam 29 December 2013
Happy with that team, come on boys, need all 3 points today! #bcafc— @ChristianMeah 29 December 2013
Controversial striker Nile Ranger has been left out of Swindon's squad after failing to turn up for training on Friday.
Ranger had played in the Boxing Day defeat at Brentford - 24 hours after being involved in a car crash.
SWINDON (4-5-1): Foderingham, Thompson, Hall, Ward, McEveley, Byrne, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Pritchard, Ajose. Subs: Harley, Mason, Storey, Barthram, Branco, Gladwin, Belford.
James Hanson is back in the City line-up after missing the last two games with a calf problem.
The centre forward’s return is one of three changes as the Bantams look to end 2013 with their first home win since September.
Ricky Ravenhill is also included for his first league start of the season. The midfielder, recalled early from his loan at Northampton, replaces Nathan Doyle to add more bite in the engine room.
And Rory McArdle is recalled following his one-game ban. Matthew Bates makes way as McArdle resumes his Capital One Cup partnership with Carl McHugh.
On an attacking-looking bench, former Hull striker Lewis Clarkson makes his first appearance since being signed from Scarborough in November.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Meredith, Thompson, Ravenhill, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Kennedy, Yeates, Bates, Doyle, Clarkson, McBurnie, Ripley.
I wont take anything other than a win today #bcafc— @RyanKehoe 29 December 2013
Referee Oliver Langford has done a City v Swindon game before - and he sent off Andrew Davies ...
Good afternoon and welcome from a cold and clear Valley Parade as City bring down the curtain on 2013 against Swindon.
Nobody needs reminding that the Bantams have won only once in 13 games and last picked up three points here on September 28. Time to put both those records straight.
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