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City made it back-to-back away cleansheets with a goalless draw at Walsall this afternoon.
Jordan Pickford’s superb save in stoppage time ensured they returned to West Yorkshire with a share of the spoils.
Both sides tried to pass the ball around but there was little genuine excitement in the first half.
The best chance fell to Walsall’s Tom Bradshaw who volleyed straight at Jordan Pickford from Billy Clifford’s clever pass over the defence.
With Billy Clarke out with a hamstring problem, Mason Bennett came straight in for his debut.
The Derby youngster looked lively and could have had a goal with a flick header wide from Mark Yeates’s cross.
The second half was more open but genuine opportunities were still at a premium.
Aaron Mclean, who came on for Bennett, almost scored in the 82nd minute – the exact time he netted at Morecambe – but his poke past keeper Richard O’Donnell was easily cleared.
Walsall could have won it in added time through James Chambers but Pickford was equal to his shot to tip away.
That's your lot...
Meredith looks for Hanson but Walsall defend it well
Now it's City's turn with a throw-in level with the Walsall six-yard box...
Grimes whacks over the bar after half-clearance from Davies. Home side pushing for late winner
Walsall work an opening for James Chambers - and Pickford superbly tips his goal-bound shot away!
Three added minutes
Personally, I think Yeates was the liveliest Bantam. Defensively City looked solid ... as we stand
Clifford voted home man of the match by the sponsors. Cannot argue with that
Another rare call in City's favour and Parkinson voices his feelings to the home fans behind the dug-out
Suddenly a half-chance at the other end for Mclean. Gets the ball past keeper O'Donnell but not a good enough connection to get past the covering defender Downing
Wild full back's shot from Taylor lands in row Z
Walsall threatening as Grimes peels off McArdle in box but his lay-off is touched out of harm's way by Liddle
Dolan finds Liddle in space on the left wing but the cross floats behind the goal. Parkinson not impressed
Sarcastic cheer as City win a free-kick - the foul count is currently 16-5 to the visitors
This is exactly when we need a Barry Colon type player #bcafc
— Bradford Joe (@BradfordJoe1) August 16, 2014
... not for long as Sawyer looks to break but Darby calmly defuses any potential threat
Shariff's corner is too flat but City still have the ball
Mclean pressures Adam Chambers into conceding a corner. "Cmon City" is the roar behind that goal
Having said how well he's done, Yeates is subbed for Shariff!
Walsall sub as Benning makes way for Forde
Yeates seeing loads of the ball. Now pops up on left and his cross picks out Hanson - heads down straight to keeper
James Chambers limping to the sideline and is replaced by Holden
Yeates cuts in on to his left foot but low drive is straight at keeper
Crowd today is 4,520 with 927 from City
City make a second change before the throw-in - Dolan for Knott
Pickford rushed into clearance from Davies back pass and whacks the ball out the ground
Finally Grimes has a dig wide and City can replace Bennett with Mclean. The Derby striker has had a decent debut
Mclean still waiting but the ball's not gone out of play
Chorus of "Aaron Mclean, he scores with his hands" is followed by another serenading the "goal machine". He's ready to come on ...
Hanson peels off promisingly to receive Yeates cross but the linesman flags for offside and kills any excitement
Clifford curler has Pickford back-pedalling but it drops safely over the bar
Bennett seems to have an extra yard this half
That's Pickford's all day long...
Bennett concedes City's 13th foul to give Walsall chance to whip ball into box
Second half looks considerably more lively than the first
It's opening up a bit now and Bennett feeds Yeates on the overlap but his cross is nodded away
The home fans shout for a hold by Davies on Bradshaw in the box .... nothing given
Walsall quickly counter themselves and Pickford cannot prevent another corner
He feeds Bennett but James Chambers throws his body in the way to smother hiss attempt
City clear and Yeates breaks away...
Free header for McArdle but he nods straight up and over the bar for another Walsall corner
Walsall win their sixth corner of the game
Bennett takes on Walsall defence before squaring to Knott who miscontrols on the edge of the box. The midfielder is furious with himself as the chance disappears
Walsall crowd getting a bit impatient with their team passing it about so much
Bennett denied in Walsall penalty area by well-timed tackle from Taylor as he prepared to pull trigger
And we're off once more... hopefully with a bit more to report this time
— Kieran Wilkinson (@KieranWilkinson) August 16, 2014
And there's the whistle. Some good football from both sides but not much incident, Walsall had the best chance through Bradshaw
Kinsella cross nodded down by Benning but Davies gives it the size 11 to clear away
Two minutes of stoppages
Liam Kinsella, son of Phil Parkinson's former Charlton number two Mark, looks a decent player. The young Walsall right back proving a handful when he gets forward
It's Yeates.... through the wall but O'Donnell has everything behind it to cover
Knott and Yeates standing over the ball...
Yeates taken out right on the edge of the Walsall box. City furious and Parkinson having words with the fourth official
Not sure Bennett looks totally match fit. Parkinson had talked about getting him up to speed but with no Clarke and Mclean not ready to start yet, manager's hand may have been forced
Liddle goes into back of Grimes well after the ball has gone. That will be a booking
Youngster will feel he should have scored there
He plays it short and whips in cross which Bennett flicks wide of the far post. Close to a debut goal for the teenager...
Again it's Yeates on corner duty in the absence of Sheehan
Good determination from Meredith wins City a corner
Lovely pass from Clifford floats into City box over Davies. Bradshaw makes connection on the volley but it's straight into Pickford.
Downing climbs all over Bennett to compete for cross. So of course it's a foul given against the City man ...
And it's Liddle again with a thumping clearance upfield
Liddle then McArdle head away before Walsall force their fifth corner off Kennedy
McArdle shanks clearance from Taylor cross and gifts Walsall a corner
And Clifford can't alter that with a first-timer from 30 yards which draws plenty of stick from the City end
Still waiting for the first shot on target at either end
Knott makes room for shot but screws it horribly
Poor Walsall clearance is picked off by Kennedy but he stumbles over his own feet. City still in the home half
Chance for the other players to get a drinks break while he gets treatment
Grimes not getting much sympathy from the away end, who question his backbone and his parentage..
Boom... Davies crunches into a 50/50 with Grimes, who stays down in a heap
Yeates attempts an ambitious chip on the turn from tight angle. It doesn't come off
But he is let off with a stern word and no card
Darby late in on Benning. City skipper being called over by ref Dean Whitestone
Davies ends up in the dug-out making a tackle on Grimes...
Walsall pressing and Sawyers thumps one over the angle from 20 yards out
... and the game's first chance as Downing header drops for Grimes to swivel and shoot high over the City bar
Corner for Walsall
Bradshaw wins header off Taylor cross but McArdle gets something on it to take away the power
Taylor wins a corner off Kennedy. Both sides playing some good football but no end product yet
Clifford wrong-foots his former Chelsea academy team-mate Knott but his cross is straight into Pickford's arms
Knott has a pop from way out and it's not a bad try...
Davies outnumbered from Yeates kick but City still probing in Walsall half.
Trickery from Meredith and Yeates forces a second corner. City building momentum and the fans sense it
Meredith wins City's first corner which Yeates takes short before crossing into mix. Bennett leaps but Downing gets a decisive head on the ball
Neat passing and movement from the home side but City have white shirts back in numbers - Davies heads away dangerous cross from Benning
City fans in excellent voice as you'd expect
He chests Yeates pass back into the Irishman's path but the shot is wayward and wide
Couple of neat early touches for Bennett
Benning takes it flat and it's cleared by somebody right behind the pillar!!
Walsall, whose kit looks a bit like Arsenal, force the afternoon's opening corner
— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) August 16, 2014
— Steve Coulter (@PlanetCoulter) August 16, 2014
Walsall get us underway after a minute's silence for a former director who died this week
Some City fans still arriving - the M6 has a lot to answer for!
City in their white away kit once again - got a 100 per cent record to protect after the win at Morecambe!
Here come the teams. City and "the pride of the Midlands, Super Saddlers" ... think the announcer means Walsall
Always good to hear a bit of Who before the game ...
Ashley Grimes, in the Walsall line-up today, was a big target for Jacko three years ago
Volume kicks up in the away end as City head back for the dressing room
Ready to rock! GwaaaanCity! Knott, run rings round emlad! #bcafc
— Danny Jarmola(@jams_84) August 16, 2014
— bcafcfanpics(@bcafcfanpics) August 16, 2014
Everyone enjoyed the Manchester United score when it was just announced....
Don't forget to tweet pix of your #TandAgoalface to @parkerTandA if City score ...
And the big question has been answered by the man himself... Christopher Routis is French.
He was born in Bordeaux, not Geneva as it says on Wikipedia!
City out on the pitch going through their drills with Nick Allamby. Sun appears right on queue
— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) August 16, 2014
We have the team news straight away and there are two changes from the City side that started against Coventry.
Mason Bennett is thrown in for his debut after joining on loan from Derby on Tuesday. He comes in for Billy Clarke, who has a slight hamstring problem.
The other change was the anticipated one at left back where James Meredith replaces Alan Sheehan, who is unavailable following a family bereavement.
New dad Gary Liddle is back in midfield and the bench includes Christopher Routis for the first time after his international clearance came through.
CITY: Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Kennedy, Knott, Yeates, Bennett, Hanson. Subs: Williams, Dolan, Mclean, Shariff, Routis, McBurnie, Morais.
Good afternoon and welcome from Walsall as City look to make it a hat-trick of wins from the opening week.