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FT: City 2 Oldham 3
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City suffered another home horror as Oldham boosted their chances of beating the drop with a win this afternoon.
After winning four points from two away games, Phil Parkinson wanted to see that form repeated at Valley Parade.
Instead, the Bantams imploded defensively to slip to their third defeat in four home games.
Oldham struck the opener midway through the first half. Jonson Clarke-Harris headed down at the far post and nobody reacted to James Wesolowski as he charged in to ram home from ten yards.
City switched formations to match up with the Latics, Kyle Bennett playing a more central role behind Jon Stead.
And they were rewarded with an equaliser ten minutes before the break. Matty Dolan played a glorious angled pass into the box where Adam Reach controlled well and then steered a shot past Paul Rachubka.
But City had not learned their earlier lesson and were punished again for more dozy defending right on half-time. Gary Harkins poked a pass behind the back four, everyone froze and Clarke-Harris was on his own to score easily.
It got worse for the home side after 58 minutes when Oldham went further in front, Clarke-Harris finishing off again from a long ball by Jonathan Grounds.
Gary Jones scored with the last kick of the game after sub Mark Yeates had hit the post but it was scant consolation.
Once again, it had been desperately poor fare for the Valley Parade faithful.
Consolation for City, probably nothing more as Jones makes it 3-2 after Yeates hits the post
Four more minutes of misery
Dayton replaces Worrall as Oldham eat up the last few seconds
Gap at the bottom cut to six points...
Yeates is involved for the first time - he gets booked
Brown booked for foul on Reach
Yeates is still alive - and he's coming on for the ineffective Mclean
It's been another flat home display from the Bantams. Worrying shades of Walsall ....
Clarke-Harris on a break looking for his hat-trick but doesn't see Darby coming and the full back nicks the ball away
Ref annoying everyone by insisting a City free-kick in their own half is taken from the exact blade of grass..
And now he's been booked for foul on Wesolowski...
It's not been McArdle's day... he slips over in Oldham box as he goes to shoot from City free-kick
McBurnie clattered by Wilson's high boot. The Oldham centre half gets a booking for that
Worrall pot shot is comfortably saved by McLaughlin...
Oldham boss Lee Johnson told to calm down by the ref after getting over-animated when a foul goes against his team. Not a lot else for him to complain about...
City finally win a first corner but it's pulled up for a foul
Stead's substitution greeted with ironic cheers from the Oldham end - and a few boos in the home stands
Double sub for City: Thompson for Bennett, McBurnie for Stead
The crowd today is 14,920 with 1,322 from Oldham
City have looked awful defensively and the centre halves are opened up again as Philliskirk fires narrowly wide from 20 yards
It's just got a whole lot worse as CLARKE-HARRIS latches on to Grounds long ball and beats off Davies to fire in Oldham's third...
Crucial touch from McArdle to take Worrall's bending cross await from the outstretched boot of Clarke-Harris as Oldham break
Oldham corner clears everybody...
RT @chelsy_x: Get my man on!! #bcafc #believe— @Miztad 05 April 2014
Clever backheel from Dolan to Drury but his cross is headed out. Oldham winning the second ball every time
Grounds shoots from edge of box, Clarke-Harris tries to backheel it on but it rolls harmlessly through to McLaughlin
Crowd growing restless
We are back again as the second half begins with City on the offensive...
Wifi in press box stopped just like the City back four..
Poor #bcafc performance so far, on top for 5 minutes after we scored, Oldham had the best of the rest. Not good enough.— @BCGaz 05 April 2014
Very lack lustre performance from Bradford, very lazy in centre mid and mcardle! #boring #bcafc— @BenRedemtion 05 April 2014
More awful defending as everybody stands still to allow CLARKE-HARRIS to restore Oldham's lead.
Harkins pushes pass through, nobody reacts and the Oldham striker says thank you very much from close range.
City look better for the change, Bennett almost playing as the furthest forward at times
City have switched formation to match up. Bennett playing at the middle of an attacking three with Reach and Mclean behind Stead.
Darby crunches Harkins. Have some of that!
Loan Goal, boom! #bcafc— @AidanFlood 05 April 2014
That's brought the crowd back to life
Dolan picks out the winger with a lovely angled pass and he shows good composure to beat Rachubka to equalise. 1-1
City are level through Adam Reach!
Not enough of a levelling though for ref Keith Hill to award a free-kick...
Surging run by Davies and he's absolutely levelled by Lockwood on the edge of the Oldham box. Like running into a brick wall
One shot, one goal for Oldham. Everyone's a bit stunned apart from the noisy Latics fans
No attempt to make it difficult for Oldham to score. And if anyone in #bcafc midfield would like to join in feel free.— @James_Ashton1 05 April 2014
Poor defending for the goal. Not what you expect from a back four who had kept consecutive clean sheets
Oldham in front as Clarke-Harris nods down deep cross and WESOLOWSKI rams the ball home from ten yards out. 0-1
Jones tries something different with a chipped free-kick but McArdle is penned in by two blue shirts and cannot direct his header
Not a lot going on at the moment other than a few predictable Oldham chants about livestock...
Clarke-Harris tries to flick ball into path of Harkins bursting into the City box. Davies says otherwise with a firm boot...
Bennett seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges and has a pop from 30 yards. It whistles into the Oldham fans in the Bradford End
Clarke-Harris climbing all over McArdle at corner and foul given
Ambitious long-range effort by Smith blocked by McArdle but Oldham win the first corner
Now Stead chases down Rachubka and the keeper panics a clearance straight into touch
Mclean hussles possession off Grounds near corner flag and Bennett's cross is nodded wide by Stead
Stead cross plucked out the air by Rachubka to a backdrop of "Just can't get enough"...
Kop in good voice as Oldham get us going kicking towards them.
Mum informs everyone just as we are leaving the pub that she has left her season ticket at home. #bcafc #senility— @James_Ashton1 05 April 2014
Teams are out and we've got a decent atmosphere. Always good to have numbers in the away end
7 vans and about 60 coppers just guided 8 #oafc fans down Midland Road #bcafc— @BcfcBrad1903 05 April 2014
In other news, sounds like Massimo Cellino has won his appeal against the Football League ...
Oldham fans making some early noise. Seem genuinely excited to be the right side of the Pennines..
@ParkerTandA cue either an early bath or injury for Jonny Mac and a painful lesson for #bcafc regarding the goalkeeper situation— @Ianhirst666 05 April 2014
Oldham have named the same side that held second-placed Brentford at Boundary Park last week.
They are expected to line up 4-5-1 wih Jonson Clarke-Harris on his own up front.
OLDHAM: Rachubka, Brown, Wilson, Lockwood, Grounds, Worrall, Harkins, Smith, Wesolowski, Philliskirk, Clarke-Harris. Subs: Gafaiti, Dunfield, MacDonald, Winchester, Dayton, Millar, Coleman.
Win today and were safe in my opinion #bcafc— @footballtweet12 05 April 2014
As forecast, Adam Drury returns at left back for Carl McHugh. It's the only change from the team that drew 0-0 at a deserted Sixfields in midweek.
First-year apprentice Elliott Barker is the back-up goalkeeper on the bench. Fellow youngster Jack Bentley is injured and Arron Jameson cannot be included because there are five loans already in the squad.
With Drury coming back, Chris Atkinson has to drop out for the same reason as Jameson.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Bennett, Dolan, Jones, Reach, Mclean, Stead. Subs: Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, Bates, McBurnie, Stockdill, Barker.
Seen far too many Oldham fans for my liking already #bcafc #vp #3points #home— @RizzWL 05 April 2014
No team news for another ten minutes or so but wouldn't be surprised to see Adam Drury back in the defence. The left back is over his medial ligament strain and trained without a problem for the last two days.
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade as City look to bring their improved away form back home.
Four points from games against Leyton Orient and Coventry have lifted the Bantams to the brink of League One survival. A first win in four attempts on their own turf would surely finish the job.
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