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9:28am

9:48pm

City finally ended a run of six straight defeats at the hands of Rotherham with a gritty point at the New York Stadium.
It was a drab game for the live TV cameras but the travelling fans were delighted to see their team share the spoils after so much disappointment against their South Yorkshire rivals.
The draw lifts the Bantams up to 50 points – surely enough to avoid any late panic in the dogfight at the bottom of the table.
Adam Reach had City’s best chance with a close-range effort blocked by keeper Adam Collin.
Rotherham hit the post through Michael O’Connor and missed good chances from Haris Vuckic and Kari Arnason.

9:44pm

That's it, 0-0 - at last a point against Rotherham!

9:43pm

City kill some time by replacing Bennett with Thompson

9:40pm

Massive shouts for handball against Jones. No says the ref.

9:40pm

Pringle corner picks out Arnason unmarked - and he heads over! Three more minutes of stoppages to go

9:39pm

Rotherham sponsors give man of the match to Nicky Adams. He got subbed after an hour...

9:36pm

9:35pm

He's up and trying to continue. No doubt a bit groggy though

9:35pm

Stead's hold-up play has been much better second half. But he's down in a heap now after crashing into Collin going for a cross

9:34pm

Pringle passes to .... nobody as the ball runs out for a City goal kick. Old frothy mouth threatens to explode further along the row!

9:32pm

City fans trying to sing their team home to the final whistle. Eight minutes plus stoppages to go yet lads...

9:31pm

9:30pm

De Vita's eyes light up as he gets in behind the defence to thump a shot at Collin. But the flag was up for offside against the Italian

9:27pm

De Vita seems to be playing just behind Stead

9:26pm

De Vita coming on for Dolan

9:25pm

Vuckic shoots over. He's been a busy boy so far

9:25pm

De Vita about to come on. Hasn't been on the pitch for City since December 14!

9:23pm

Jones is down and getting treatment. Not getting a lot of sympathy from the frothing mouth of the old boy sat across from the press box...

9:22pm

McArdle heads it out of goalmouth and Jones launches it out the penalty area..

9:22pm

Rotherham corner...

9:22pm

City coming under more and more pressure now

9:19pm

Massive escape as Vuckic fluffs glorious chance. Revell knocks down Skarz cross to the unmarked sub - who tries to chip McLaughlin from ten yards and clears the bar!

9:18pm

Three quarters of the job done for City.

9:15pm

Vuckic sets up Tavernier in corner of box but McLaughlin saves from defender

9:12pm

First sub of the night as Vuckic - who scored the Rotherham winner on Boxing Day - replaces Adams

9:10pm

Two portly fellas are shown out the ground by the stewards...

9:09pm

Atmosphere has cranked up - City's 1,115 followers more than playing their part

9:06pm

Very loud chant of Always Remember the 56 in the 56th minute

9:02pm

Reach almost in on goal but his shot with weaker right foot is blocked by Collin

9:01pm

End to end now as Adams wins a corner for the hosts

9:00pm

Dolan's corner is punched back to him and his first-time cross blocked by Skarz

9:00pm

Tricky footwork from Bennett to make room for a decent shot which deflects over. City's first corner and the away fans behind that goal respond

8:58pm

Bennett cross finds it way through to Reach who takes a chest to control before volleying wide across goal

8:56pm

O'Connor's free-kick from 35 yards out curled into middle, beats everyone and hits the post before Arnason follow-up deflects wide.

8:55pm

Early free-kick for Rotherham - and it's hit the post!

8:54pm

Deafening blast of New York, New York herald Rotherham's kick-off. Give it a rest, Sinatra...

8:54pm

Teams back out for the second half. Forty five minutes of the same would do nicely

8:53pm

Interviewer asked him about going to Wembley if Rotherham get there... he said he's going Sunday to watch Sheffield United- his team!

8:52pm

Footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse being presented to the crowd

8:44pm

8:43pm

8:39pm

Half a job done, 0-0 at half-time

8:38pm

But enough time for a Rotherham corner... which comes to nothing

8:38pm

One minute of added time

8:37pm

Parkinson furious that no foul given as Arnason climbs all over Stead to win header

8:35pm

Drury catches Adams late with sliding challenge and goes into the book.

8:33pm

It's an action replay of the first corner as McLaughlin again catches with ease

8:33pm

Pringle curls it deep and McArdle outjumps the red shirts to concede corner

8:32pm

Reach foul five yards outside the box - danger here for the Bantams

8:31pm

8:30pm

Two good pieces of defending from Davies to keep Agard at bay but City starting to get pushed back

8:28pm

Phew that was close! Agard wiggles into room for a scuffed shot and Revell is only a couple of shoe sizes away from turning it in

8:24pm

8:20pm

Rotherham trying to up the tempo as Adams whizzes a cross-shot through the six-yard box

8:19pm

Pringle suddenly comes to life, drifting in from the right to test McLaughlin with a well-struck drive. The keeper parries and Revell puts the rebound over

8:17pm

Few grumbles among the home fans...

8:17pm

One or two shirts off in the City end.. well they are in the south (of Yorkshire)

8:14pm

Dolan tries to release Reach on left flank but just underhits the pass

8:13pm

Not much pattern to the game. City won't mind that - looking fairly solid so far

8:11pm

First serious questions for City defence. O'Connor shot blocked, McArdle heads out cross and Rotherham force first corner.... which McLaughlin claims

8:08pm

Darby's long free-kick is flicked on by Davies and Stead hooks volley over. Decent effort from City

8:07pm

Stead shoots on the turn from the edge of the Rotherham box but there's no power behind it

8:04pm

Revell's low drive comfortably saved by McLaughlin. First shot on target in the game

8:04pm

8:03pm

Evans makes his first public appearance of the night. Surprisingly, he's complaining about a refereeing decision

8:02pm

Good noise being generated by the City fans. Need the team to feed off that energy - so far nothing in it out there

8:01pm

Reach jumps out of a challenge with Morgan...

8:00pm

Pringle cross into the danger zone flicked away by Drury

7:59pm

7:59pm

Good distance between the dug-outs - handy that. Paul Raynor, Rotherham number two, has his arms outstretched like a permanent Spitfire

7:54pm

The first anti-Evans chant from the City fans as Bennett lofts a shot high and well wide

7:53pm

City get us going, defending the end occupied by the away fans

7:52pm

A mighty roar greets the whistle and we're ready to go

7:49pm

The teams are out.... The game kicks off at 7.52 after a minute's silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

7:45pm

Stephen Darby baby booms from the away end. They'll do well to make themselves heard above this PA system!

7:44pm

7:27pm

7:27pm

Ronnie Moore is here in the directors' box....

7:16pm

7:15pm

Just been told that Rotherham have won pitch of the year in League One so no excuses on that front...

7:15pm

Rotherham make two changes from the defeat at Sheffield United on Tuesday - their first loss since New Year's Day.

Nicky Adams comes in for Tom Hitchcock so Kieran Agard, who scored two in the FA Cup tie, moves up front.

Michael O'Connor replaces Rob Milsom in central midfield.

ROTHERHAM: Collin, Tavernier, Arnason, Morgan, Skarz, Adams, Smallwood, O'Connor, Pringle, Revell, Agard. Subs: Brindley, Davis, Milsom, Thomas, Vuckic, Hitchcock, Shearer.

7:11pm

7:07pm

Nathan Doyle is back in for City after missing the last four games with a groin injury.

But there is no Aaron Mclean who picked up a hamstring problem in training on Wednesday.

So City will switch to a 4-3-3/4-5-1 approach with Stead leading the line and Adam Reach and Kyle Bennett on either side.

CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Doyle, Dolan, Jones, Bennett, Reach, Stead. Subs: Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, Bates, De Vita, McBurnie, Barker.

7:03pm

Good evening and welcome from the New York Stadium as City try to end their Rotherham hoodoo.

It's six games, six defeats under Phil Parkinson against the Millers - and no goals scored in the last five.

And don't even mention the Steve Evans factor.... Could tonight be the night, finally??!

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9:56pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Baby Bantam says...

Happy with a point, pulling my hair out how we still boot it up field when there's nobody to get it. We looked half decent when we played it on the floor. Didn't think stead played that bad as a lone striker, apparently Steve Evans is being a right "let's say idiot" on his interview, can't wait to get home and watch it
Happy with a point, pulling my hair out how we still boot it up field when there's nobody to get it. We looked half decent when we played it on the floor. Didn't think stead played that bad as a lone striker, apparently Steve Evans is being a right "let's say idiot" on his interview, can't wait to get home and watch it Baby Bantam
  • Score: 5

10:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Banktop says...

I thought that was a very good performance. Rotherham were always going to be on the front foot, but I thought we defended brilliantly. Bennett was excellent in my eyes, and was a threat all match. Liked how their defender tapped in on the head at the end when he miss kicked it out of play. He had put everything into that game, especially second half. Jones was also quality, never stopped running and getting stuck in where it hurt. Was a bit critical of Stead first half but second half was very good. Overall a fantastic result brought on by sheer determination and willingness to fight for Bradford City. Great support also for a great football club. Mr Parkinson got one over them tonight. Brentford will be very thankful. CTID.
I thought that was a very good performance. Rotherham were always going to be on the front foot, but I thought we defended brilliantly. Bennett was excellent in my eyes, and was a threat all match. Liked how their defender tapped in on the head at the end when he miss kicked it out of play. He had put everything into that game, especially second half. Jones was also quality, never stopped running and getting stuck in where it hurt. Was a bit critical of Stead first half but second half was very good. Overall a fantastic result brought on by sheer determination and willingness to fight for Bradford City. Great support also for a great football club. Mr Parkinson got one over them tonight. Brentford will be very thankful. CTID. Banktop
  • Score: 6

10:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Cityman23 says...

A very good and probably generally unexpected point which edges City a bit closer to safety. Now, after three above average away performances, we have a week to see if the Bantams complete the 'symmetry' of three poor home efforts-let's hope NOT!!

Reach and Bennett showed some good form but both have also revealed their flaws more recently-Reach doesn't track back/Bennett can seem lacking in confidence in his own ability. Perhaps these two would benefit from signing for City or a team like City. They're not the 'finished article' yet and would be fortunate to get a permanent team place at a higher level.

Well to all-mgr. players fans!
A very good and probably generally unexpected point which edges City a bit closer to safety. Now, after three above average away performances, we have a week to see if the Bantams complete the 'symmetry' of three poor home efforts-let's hope NOT!! Reach and Bennett showed some good form but both have also revealed their flaws more recently-Reach doesn't track back/Bennett can seem lacking in confidence in his own ability. Perhaps these two would benefit from signing for City or a team like City. They're not the 'finished article' yet and would be fortunate to get a permanent team place at a higher level. Well to all-mgr. players fans! Cityman23
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Cityman23 says...

Cityman23 wrote:
A very good and probably generally unexpected point which edges City a bit closer to safety. Now, after three above average away performances, we have a week to see if the Bantams complete the 'symmetry' of three poor home efforts-let's hope NOT!!

Reach and Bennett showed some good form but both have also revealed their flaws more recently-Reach doesn't track back/Bennett can seem lacking in confidence in his own ability. Perhaps these two would benefit from signing for City or a team like City. They're not the 'finished article' yet and would be fortunate to get a permanent team place at a higher level.

Well to all-mgr. players fans!
Well done...to all..!!
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: A very good and probably generally unexpected point which edges City a bit closer to safety. Now, after three above average away performances, we have a week to see if the Bantams complete the 'symmetry' of three poor home efforts-let's hope NOT!! Reach and Bennett showed some good form but both have also revealed their flaws more recently-Reach doesn't track back/Bennett can seem lacking in confidence in his own ability. Perhaps these two would benefit from signing for City or a team like City. They're not the 'finished article' yet and would be fortunate to get a permanent team place at a higher level. Well to all-mgr. players fans![/p][/quote]Well done...to all..!! Cityman23
  • Score: 3

10:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Boing-Boing says...

That is a great result considering everything, concerned that we have no teeth upfront though!
That is 3 consecutive clean sheets away from home, last 3 home games conceded 6'! And against lower teams in the table.
I think we should be safe now, but would like us to get a few more to be sure to be sure.
We need a major overall this close season, we got up last year, and now near enough staying up but other squads will improve and teams coming up and down are no pushovers, it will be a harder more competive season in league 1 in 2014/15, and we dont want to be in the basement again.....so come on PP, you have a long hard summer coming up.
CTID
That is a great result considering everything, concerned that we have no teeth upfront though! That is 3 consecutive clean sheets away from home, last 3 home games conceded 6'! And against lower teams in the table. I think we should be safe now, but would like us to get a few more to be sure to be sure. We need a major overall this close season, we got up last year, and now near enough staying up but other squads will improve and teams coming up and down are no pushovers, it will be a harder more competive season in league 1 in 2014/15, and we dont want to be in the basement again.....so come on PP, you have a long hard summer coming up. CTID Boing-Boing
  • Score: 1

12:10am Sat 12 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

Great result against a better team. Re next season, not sure about Dolan, not sure he is any better than we have! Would sign Bennett though.
Great result against a better team. Re next season, not sure about Dolan, not sure he is any better than we have! Would sign Bennett though. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

3:00am Sat 12 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

While it might not have been one for the purists, and we have rode our luck at times, it was a real dogged display.

Back 4 solid, and I also thought Stead did pretty well, as it can often be a thankless task up front on your own.

If we are to employ a 4-5-1 on occasions, then we have got to learn to take advantage of the extra man in midfield, working little triangles and creating the space.

Overall though, an excellent point, and one you would've certainly taken before the game.
While it might not have been one for the purists, and we have rode our luck at times, it was a real dogged display. Back 4 solid, and I also thought Stead did pretty well, as it can often be a thankless task up front on your own. If we are to employ a 4-5-1 on occasions, then we have got to learn to take advantage of the extra man in midfield, working little triangles and creating the space. Overall though, an excellent point, and one you would've certainly taken before the game. Bradford1903
  • Score: -1

11:13am Sat 12 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Bennett looks a class act, if possible we need to sign him and Dean Furman from Donny Rovers. Excellent point and with it safety beckons!!!!!

Great support shown by the BCFC fans last night, well done to all who went, excellent effort!!!!!
Bennett looks a class act, if possible we need to sign him and Dean Furman from Donny Rovers. Excellent point and with it safety beckons!!!!! Great support shown by the BCFC fans last night, well done to all who went, excellent effort!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

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