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FT: Sheffield United 2 Bradford City 2
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Steve Parkin was delighted after City rescued a point from a “hard day’s work” at Sheffield United.
Second half goals from Gary Jones, via a deflection, and James Hanson helped the Bantams come from two down to grab a 2-2 draw against Nigel Clough’s Blades.
City assistant Parkin was not so happy with the performance of referee Roger East.
Parkin said: “Some of the decisions went against us – tell us if we got any?
“I didn’t think our front two got any protection, we had a couple of decent shouts for penalties and there was a handball in the middle of the pitch that really wound me up.
“We never recovered from that one and they went on and scored – I thought he was playing basketball!
“So being 2-0 down at half-time and losing Kyel Reid as well to a serious-looking injury, it was a really hard day’s work for us.”
Reid twisted his knee in the first half and had to be taken off on a stretcher.
City came back from two down to grab a point in a ferocious Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Bantams looked down and out against a rampant home side.
But they clawed their way back with two goals that won’t be remembered for their quality – not that any of the 3,130 away fans cared about that.
Gary Jones got the first with a 20-yard drive that took a massive deflection to wrong-foot keeper George Long.
Then the skipper’s free-kick crept through a ruck of players before James Hanson could apply the killer touch from close range.
City, who were losing at half-time to goals from Jamie Murphy and Harry Maguire, had to withstand some heavy late pressure to hold on to a valuable point.
There was one big downer for Phil Parkinson, though, as Kyel Reid departed the game in the first half on a stretcher – a lengthy addition to a growing injury list.
And that's it. 2-2 and the jeers at half-time have turned to cheers
Five more minutes added. Hold on to your hats, in fact hold on to anything...
Debutant getting some stick from home fans over that penalty appeal
City make their final change. Mclean subbed by Gray
Corner number 11 for Blades
It's all happening in the City box. Miller draws McLaughlin out of his goal, ref ignores huge shouts for a pen against Doyle and Murphy curls just past far post....
Mclean goes down in Blades penalty area claiming he got caught by Maguire. Boos all round, gesticulations from City dug-out.....
Sheff U make their change, Coady for McGinn
Decent corner from Jones but everyone misses it and Blades roar to other end where McLaughlin grabs Murphy's cross at the second attempt.
But before he can come on... City have a corner!
Blades preparing to make their final substitution. Coady gets a good luck pat on the bum from Nigel Clough.
Thompson makes it a hat-trick of Bantam bookings after going in late on Hill
Sliding block from Yeates to concede a corner
McMahon rattles advertising boards with free-kick. McLaughlin had his post covered
Baxter going off to be replaced by Miller
Game delayed as the Sheffield United striker gets treated
McHugh gets second City booking for foul on Baxter just outside the box.
Gutsy block from McHugh from close range as Blades queue up to have pop at City goal.
Doyle going straight into the book for catching other Doyle, Blades skipper Michael, too high
Second City sub as Doyle comes on for Kennedy
Another Blades corner. Noise getting louder as pressure builds again
Doyle getting ready to come on.
All hands on deck in City penalty area as Blades turn up heat looking to regain lead.
Maguire highest of the lot to meet cross but glances header across goal. City escaped there
Big save from McLaughlin at near post to deny McGinn after Flynn pass opens up City back four.
Blades still going down their right all the time. Cross from McMahon too high for Porter at far post
The tone of my Twitter feed has changed quite a bit in last ten minutes.....
Midland Road is belted out with extra enthusiasm now.
Bates takes a whack and goes down. Time to have a breather - think we all need it!
My, my, my. Funny old game, football....
Would you believe it??!!! 2-2..... Jones free-kick, McArdle misses header but it passes through for HANSON to turn in at far post.
Mclean hauled down level with edge of the box. Cmon Mr Jones, decent delivery please
Blades make a change and replace Paynter with Porter
Stewards run behind goal to eject a City fan as tempers rise.
More life from fans and hopefully more life from team. Sheff United continuing to target City's left side.
City have a lifeline.... JONES shot from 20 yards takes massive deflection to wrong-foot Long in Blades goal. 2-1
Bates seems to have moved over to left back and McHugh back in middle. Suggests finding a loan left back will be a priority this week
McMahon crosses pops up in front of Baxter who flicks over bar.
It's official. Forget about play offs. We are now in a relegation battle. Come on City 👏👏👏 #bcafc #disappointed #badawayday— @BantamPete 18 January 2014
Yeates drills cross too high for Thompson. Flicker of hope for the 3,130 travelling supporters
Bit more about City now , at least the fans hope so as the volume behind the Sheffield United goal goes up.
Big chance for City as Yeates cross is missed by Hanson and Mclean bundles over bar. Hanson mistimed his jump, should have been 2-1 there
Crowd is 18,794
Vital tackle from Jones in his own penalty area as hosts threaten again.
Quick corner for Blades comes to nothing
I remember being worried when #bcafc had only one win in five. Now its looking like its gonna be one in sixteen, seriously worried #ouch— @GeorgeStead18 18 January 2014
No changes at the break but City certainly need a change of fortunes for second half.
This one is safely negotiated but the half-time whistle greeted with boos from away end. Sheff United 2 City 0
Lots of shouting and finger-pointing as Blades win another corner.
City defence being opened up far too easily
Jones drills it hard towards the goalmouth but it goes through the pack for a goal kick
Biggest City cheer of the day as referee awards a free-kick to the away side.
Baxter shot turned behind for another Blades corner. Panic ensues before ball hooked over bar.... so close to 3-0 there
Four minutes of added time to play - thought it would be more than that
Is it too much of an overreaction to mention a potential battle at the bottom if we're not careful? #bcafc— @aaronbower 18 January 2014
Former Blade Yeates getting booed with each touch. Gets into a good position and then the flag goes up late
City need something back before the break, midfield have got to get involved more. The absence of Reid's pace hurts
And MAGUIRE heads home at the far post despite efforts from Kennedy on line to keep it out. 2-0 to Sheffield United and City really up against it now
Darby, under pressure from Murphy, concedes corner number three for home side.
Parkinson getting agitated with ref Roger East. The current foul count is 8-2 in United's favour.
Good position wasted by City as Thompson shanks cross over goal.
Yeates on the left side, which Parkinson reckons is his most effective position. The Irishman needs to show it after some indifferent displays from the bench recently
City's injury curse continues. Another one to add to the list - and a key one at that.
Generous applause all round the ground for the injured winger as he is carried off the field
Yeates coming on for Reid
Here comes the stretcher
Worrying this for City as Reid gets treatment. Yeates and Graham both warming up
Reid looks in pain after challenge with McMahon. Winger staying down banging the ground
Positive play from Reid before squaring to Jones who tries speculative drive that flies into the crowd
Corner hit deep to Maguire, whose header is tipped round post by McLaughlin
First corner for Sheffield United after 23 minutes.
Flurry of pressure around edge of Blades penalty area but City cannot find the room to get off a clean strike on goal.
Shot from Baxter 25 yards out but it's tame and straight at McLaughlin
Baxter flagged offside as he shoots at open goal. Hits the bar anyway and gets wished well by the City fans ....
Sheffield United looking a lot more direct than they did under David Weir at start of season. Paynter given them a more aggressive edge up front
Baxter stretches to turn ball over bar from McMahon's cross-shot
Important block from McHugh to take the pace off Paynter's shot after free-kick drops nicely for Blades striker.
It's all happening here but City trail 1-0
How did that not go in? Hanson header hits bar and McHugh's fierce shot from rebound cleared off line by Baxter.
Good response to goal from City as they force another corner.
Chance for Mclean but heads over from City corner.
Goal for Sheffield United! Low cross from McMahon and MURPHY slides home at the far post. 1-0
City enjoying plenty of the ball in opening minutes.
Mclean fouled on touchline, chance for Jones to swing free-kick into box. Hanson rises but header bounces straight at Long.
Catching practice for an unchallenged McLaughlin.
United have the first free-kick on the beach, sorry, the touchline level with City's box.
Mclean's first touch as a City player as the visitors kick off. Fans behind them first half
Pitch is a tad soggy!! #bcafc— @Elambongo 18 January 2014
The Red and White wizards? Nice sense of perspective from PA announcer...
Bring on the Bantams ... the chant begins as the away end continues to fill up. Teams on their way any minute now
Some decent away support at the lane for once #bcafc #sufc— @KieranHorry 18 January 2014
Met the legend that is Tony Currie in the media room. He was a quality player in his time - ask your dad!
RT @jordandakid: So buzzing for todays game!!! Big big game!! Time to go get it ⚽️🔥 #BCAFC safe trip to all our travelling fans 🙌👏 #3Points— @alecforbes 18 January 2014
Big 3pts needed today, will be nice to see @A9Mac open his account #bcafc— @oneleg83 18 January 2014
Plenty of noise from the away end as City come out for a warm-up. And there's a lot more supporters to come - around 3,000 expected
Former City loanee Billy Paynter makes his first start for Sheffield United.
Paynter, on loan from Doncaster, played the last 20 minutes in their 2-1 loss at Notts County.
SHEFF UTD: Long, Hill, Maguire, Collins, McMahon, Flynn, McGinn, Doyle, Murphy, Baxter, Paynter. Subs: Porter, Miller, Coady, McFadzean, Whitehouse, Kennedy, Howard.
Andy Gray is back for the first time since his injury - and goal - at Peterborough. He is on the City bench.
Subs: Oliver, Gray, Yeates, Taylor, Graham, Doyle, Jameson.
Two changes as expected to the City starting line-up.
Aaron Mclean makes his debut in place of Oliver McBurnie, who has not travelled as he nurses a slight hamstring problem.
Jason Kennedy also starts in centre midfield in place of the injured Ricky Ravenhill. The former Rochdale man had a really good game last week when he came on for him against Bristol City.
Still waiting for the subs to be confirmed.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, McHugh, Thompson, Jones, Kennedy, Reid, Mclean, Hanson.
This day has started brilliant, awaydays with the mighty bantams, and leeds losing. Come on City #bcafc— @BantamsBlog 18 January 2014
Time for a few stats to be updated this afternoon...
City have only ever won here once in the league when John Hendrie and Ian Ormondroyd scored in a 2-1 win in April 1988.
City have won only one of their last 16 games in all competitions.
City have not won any of the last eight since beating MK Dons on November 23.
Woop woop @A9Mac #bcafc http://t.co/OqazJWTZ6u— @RizzWL 18 January 2014
Good afternoon and welcome from Bramall Lane for an eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire derby.
No team news just yet but would expect there to be two changes with Aaron Mclean coming in for his debut and Jason Kennedy starting in centre midfield.
At the moment, Andrew Davies is out on the pitch being put through his paces by fitness coach Nick Allamby. The centre half's return is getting closer ...
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