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Captain fantastic Gary Jones struck twice from long range as City clawed their way back for a draw in a thrilling second half.
It’s now ten without a win at home but the Bantams stormed back to rescue this one after trailing Crewe 2-0 and 3-2.
Phil Parkinson made four changes from Molineux and handed an immediate debut to latest loan signing Matty Dolan for the suspended Nathan Doyle.
But City’s first-half performance lacked any edge or creativity in the unpleasant conditions.
The strong, swirling wind played its part – and was instrumental in Crewe’s goal after 11 minutes.
Carl McHugh, who kept his place after Rory McArdle suffered a head injury in training, totally misjudged the flight of Anthony Grant’s through ball.
The defender tried to head back to Jon McLaughlin but missed and Uche Ikpeazu slipped in to finish well with a lob over the stranded keeper.
City came out firing for the second half and Ben Garratt produced a brilliant save to claw away James Hanson’s header.
Then Adam Reach was denied from close range and debutant Dolan put the rebound into the side-netting.
But as City knocked on the door, Crewe broke to double their lead. McLaughlin palmed out Chuks Aneke’s shot and Ikpeazu scored again from the rebound.
City responded straight away as Mclean squared low for James Hanson to turn in from close range.
And Mclean had a hand in the equaliser two minutes later. He laid the ball back for Jones and the skipper drilled into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
City’s comeback could have been completed with 13 minutes left but Hanson scooped over the bar from close range.
The miss proved even more costly when Crewe regained the lead, Aneke setting up Mathias Pogba for a fierce finish.
But City and their indomitable skipper were not finished as Jones struck again with another thunderbolt.
And that's it folks. Deep breaths all round and a point for both sides
Another Crewe corner
Jones puts it in the mixer... still bobbing about. Ref gives goal kick
Long run from Reach to win a City corner. Top work fella...
Aneke unmarked in box! Davies blocks in time and Pogba shot clears the bar
Davies with a vital interception to cut out Pogba's cross as Aneke lurked in front of goal
Attack, attack, attack shout the Kop.... what do they think City have been doing
Five minutes of extras to go...
Too much on it. That Jones... what does he bring to this team??!!!
Corner for City in last minute of normal time...
Crewe replace Evans with Osman
Crowd is 13,343
Unbelievable point-blank save from Garratt to stop Hanson header!!!
Fine save from McLaughlin at foot of post to turn away shot from Aneke.
Keep that backdoor shut.... Aneke heads over unchallenged
City strike back through the skipper once more!
Mclean again claims the assist as he lays ball off for JONES to hammer another bullet drive into the net from outside box... 3-3
Gone a bit flat again. That goal was a massive deflater for everyone
A fifth goal but it's Crewe back in front. Aneke finds POGBA to right of goal and he thunders shot past McLaughlin...
City make their first change as Thompson comes on for Bennett with 13 minutes to go
Massive chance goes begging.... Reach plays ball into Mclean in box and he sets up Hanson - who scoops it over the bar
Jones has another bang from outside box. This one hits Grant who certainly felt the force...
The PA guy at the game has 91 seconds between Hanson and Jones' goals. #bcafc #pointlessstat— @AidanFlood 08 February 2014
Reach shows real determination to take on three blue shirts in a foot race and win the throw halfway inside Crewe half
Mclean slides into Tootle right in front of the Crewe dug-out and sparks a bit of jostling..
Good defending from McHugh to thwart Aneke. Another corner to Crewe, though, who are building impetus again
McLaughlin takes the ball safely
Ref gives soft foul against Bennett near City box. Even Grant gets up shaking his head...
Having spoken too soon, Davies and McHugh get in each other's way to gift the cheapest of corners to Crewe
Rain has stopped and it looks a bit brighter. Mighty forces afoot...
Corner for City who look a different team from first half
Crewe take off Ikpeazu, who is not surprisingly unhappy to be subbed.... Moore on
Hanson booked for late tackle on Guthrie
The rain is still pouring but the songs are booming out... City well on top!
And it's 2-2! Jones plays ball into Mclean who lays it back to the skipper to thrash home from 25 yards. Game on ....
City straight back in it..... Mclean squares low cross and HANSON turns in from close range!
Crewe break from heavy City pressure. Aneke's angled shot is parried by McLaughlin and IKPEAZU wins race to convert rebound from tight angle. Crewe 2-0 up
Goal.... at the wrong end!
Mclean drive blocked by Davis in front of goal. Hanson scrambles loose ball wide
Garratt punches clear through crowd of players. How important could that save from Hanson prove to be?
Darby whips in cross which just beats Mclean in front of goal. City corner as the volume cranks up again
The Kop have come alive and so, at long last, have the team...
We've got a game at last ladies and gentlemen...
Reach denied by smothering block from Davis, Dolan slides in on rebound but shot goes into side-netting. City knocking on the door...
Volume shoots up accordingly
Great save by Garratt to claw away Hanson's header from Reach cross. Best chance/only City chance yet...
Finally some urgency about City's play
City trying to use the wind to their advantage. Dolan cross headed away by Ellis as the C'mon City chant booms
Kop cranking up the noise. It needs something
The second half gets underway as the rain continues to swirl...
I'm not impressed with this match. V poor so far #bcafc and not am I'm impressed with this freezing cold weather & breeze— @Pinkcess_LauraB 08 February 2014
Just a suggestion but how about you try moving for each other and playing the ball on the floor #bcafc— @joecockburn 08 February 2014
The ref puts Valley Parade out of its misery. Half-time...
Strength of the wind is clear as McLaughlin's clearance from the edge of his box doesn't even reach the halfway line
C'mon City chant the crowd. Let's have something to cling on to before the break...
That treat for City is two minutes away according to the fourth official's board
Suspect Phil Parkinson will warm his team up with a few well-chosen words in the dressing room..
The rain and cold blustery wind is making this a very miserable experience...
Wifi working as well here as City. But we're back with a shot over the bar from Reach...
Swing and a miss by Crewe defender Ellis gives everyone a much-needed laugh
Depressing to think that City haven't had a shot on target since a week last Tuesday...
Nice skills from Bennett to take ball away from Guthrie but shot lets him down
I take my comment back about looking better #bcafc— @g_spot27 08 February 2014
McLaughlin takes a throw-in ... and gets a big cheer!
Can we play football in the second half please. #bcafc— @buttslikehouses 08 February 2014
Surging run from Reach into Crewe territory. Cross too strong for Hanson but that was better from City
Ikpeazu outpaces Davies but Jones shows turn of pace to make covering tackle outside the City box.
Bennett hardly seen any of the ball. Darby tries to get him on a run but the winger puts the cross behind
Jones ready to hit it but Grant charges out of wall to block.
Hanson knocked down by Ellis right on the edge of the Crewe penalty area
Pogba down after taking a whack from team-mate Ikpeazu. Both went for same ball
Crewe's goalkeeper looks about ten.
Spontaneous roar from the crowd in the hope of getting City going. It needs something because they are second best right now
And a fourth...
At the moment Crewe are looking too strong up front as Darby concedes corner number three
Aneke wins header through the pack but only glances it across goal. Ironic cheer as ref gives the throw-in City's way
Bates jumps well to deal with Crewe free-kick at expense of corner.
Home fans not impressed with the referee. No change there
Bates goes all James Meredith and runs 40 yards with the ball. Unfortunately none of his colleagues follow suit...
Decent shot from Davis but it whistled past near post
Jones heads firmly clear at near post but here come Crewe again..
And now Crewe have won a corner
It's suddenly gone very quiet here apart from the odd voice from Staffordshire.
Crewe on the front foot as Pogba drives into the box where his shot is charged down by Davies.
So once again City have it all to do at home....
Said the wind was going to have an impact today. It certainly cost McHugh there
Crewe grab the lead! McHugh tries to head back to McLaughlin but completely misses the ball and IKPEAZU steals in to lob over the keeper. 0-1
Jones shot takes deflection off Davis and loops just wide with keeper Garratt stranded...
Good tackle from McHugh to thwart Aneke after Inman breaks past Jones towards edge of City box.
Aneke cannot direct his header from Pogba's cross.
Jones has a wind-assisted pop from 35 yards. Ball flies into the smattering of Crewe fans in top of TL Dallas Stand
Darby throw-in to box flicked on by Hanson and Dolan volley deflected behind for City corner. Would have been some first touch....
Swirling wind already causing a few problems for players. Nightmare day to be a goalkeeper...
Dangerous low cross from Ikpeazu right across the face of City's goal. Fortunately nobody in there for a touch
Not many here from Crewe
Straight out for a throw-in, wonder what the bet was....??
Crewe get us going and kick towards the Kop, who are in good voice
And here come the teams...
The 0-0 bore between the sides in November was Crewe's only goalless draw for two years. Surely it's got to be better this afternoon?!
Exciting new look to our team today! #inparkinsonwetrust #bcafc— @dantheb 08 February 2014
Atmosphere building nicely as kick-off approaches. As Aaron Mclean said in today's T&A, this is a massive game for City.
Time to end that home drought at the tenth time of asking!
#bcafc rocking out some great tunes! Reach for the stars @mummysazz— @tristan2009 08 February 2014
Reckon this is the first time that Carl McHugh and Andrew Davies have partnered each other in centre of defence.
Only times when they've been in same City team before, McHugh has always played left back.
Nothing but three points will do today. Come on City! #bcafc— @JB_Pearson93 08 February 2014
Gutted that McArdle injured. Interesting to see how Davies and Carlo get on, both left sided defenders #bcafc— @jegolton 08 February 2014
Radio commentators in for some fun this afternoon with Uche Ikpeazu partnering Chuks Aneke up front for Crewe.
CREWE: Garratt, Tootle, Davis, Ellis, Guthrie, Pogba, Evans, Grant, Inman, Aneke, Ikpeazu. Subs: Mellor, Dugdale, Osman, Leitch-Smtih, Moore, Waters, Phillips.
Matty Dolan comes straight into the City side after his loan went through this morning.
The Middlesbrough midfielder is one of four changes from the Wolves defeat.
James Hanson and Andrew Davies return after being left out at Molineux and Kyle Bennett is back from his one-game suspension.
Out go Andy Gray, Gary Thompson, the suspended Nathan Doyle and Rory McArdle - who suffered concussion after a bang of heads in training yesterday.
Raffaele De Vita makes a return to the bench after the thigh injury that has kept him out since before Christmas.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, McHugh, Bates, Bennett, Dolan, Jones, Reach, Mclean, Hanson. Subs: Gray, Thompson, Taylor, De Vita, McBurnie, Atkinson, Jameson.
Probably the most important game of the season😁😁 #bcafc #3Pointer #MustWinGame #FirstHomeWinSinceSeptember 🙏🙏🙏— @BantamPete 08 February 2014
No team news for a little while but Matty Dolan's clearance went through this morning to confirm his 93-day loan from Middlesbrough.
Expect him to slot in to central midfield to replace the suspended Nathan Doyle.
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade for City's game against Crewe.
On the positive front, it's dry and the pitch looks remarkably good considering the heavy rain that has been falling during the week.
But be warned, the strong wind is absolutely freezing!
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