LiveFT: Walsall 0 City 0

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4:57pm

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.

4:55pm

That's your lot...

4:54pm

Meredith looks for Hanson but Walsall defend it well

4:53pm

Now it's City's turn with a throw-in level with the Walsall six-yard box...

4:53pm

Grimes whacks over the bar after half-clearance from Davies. Home side pushing for late winner

4:52pm

Walsall work an opening for James Chambers - and Pickford superbly tips his goal-bound shot away!

4:51pm

Three added minutes

4:50pm

Personally, I think Yeates was the liveliest Bantam. Defensively City looked solid ... as we stand

4:49pm

Clifford voted home man of the match by the sponsors. Cannot argue with that

4:47pm

Another rare call in City's favour and Parkinson voices his feelings to the home fans behind the dug-out

4:44pm

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

4:43pm

Wild full back's shot from Taylor lands in row Z

4:43pm

Walsall threatening as Grimes peels off McArdle in box but his lay-off is touched out of harm's way by Liddle

4:42pm

Dolan finds Liddle in space on the left wing but the cross floats behind the goal. Parkinson not impressed

4:41pm

Sarcastic cheer as City win a free-kick - the foul count is currently 16-5 to the visitors

4:40pm

This is exactly when we need a Barry Colon type player #bcafc

— Bradford Joe (@BradfordJoe1) August 16, 2014

4:39pm

... not for long as Sawyer looks to break but Darby calmly defuses any potential threat

4:38pm

Shariff's corner is too flat but City still have the ball

4:38pm

Mclean pressures Adam Chambers into conceding a corner. "Cmon City" is the roar behind that goal

4:37pm

Having said how well he's done, Yeates is subbed for Shariff!

4:36pm

Walsall sub as Benning makes way for Forde

4:36pm

Yeates seeing loads of the ball. Now pops up on left and his cross picks out Hanson - heads down straight to keeper

4:31pm

James Chambers limping to the sideline and is replaced by Holden

4:29pm

Yeates cuts in on to his left foot but low drive is straight at keeper

4:28pm

Crowd today is 4,520 with 927 from City
 

4:27pm

City make a second change before the throw-in - Dolan for Knott

4:26pm

Pickford rushed into clearance from Davies back pass and whacks the ball out the ground

4:25pm

Finally Grimes has a dig wide and City can replace Bennett with Mclean. The Derby striker has had a decent debut

4:24pm

Mclean still waiting but the ball's not gone out of play

4:23pm

Chorus of "Aaron Mclean, he scores with his hands" is followed by another serenading the "goal machine". He's ready to come on ...

4:21pm

Hanson peels off promisingly to receive Yeates cross but the linesman flags for offside and kills any excitement

4:20pm

Clifford curler has Pickford back-pedalling but it drops safely over the bar

4:19pm

Bennett seems to have an extra yard this half

4:19pm

That's Pickford's all day long...

4:19pm

Bennett concedes City's 13th foul to give Walsall chance to whip ball into box

4:17pm

Second half looks considerably more lively than the first

4:15pm

It's opening up a bit now and Bennett feeds Yeates on the overlap but his cross is nodded away

4:15pm

The home fans shout for a hold by Davies on Bradshaw in the box .... nothing given

4:14pm

Walsall quickly counter themselves and Pickford cannot prevent another corner

4:14pm

He feeds Bennett but James Chambers throws his body in the way to smother hiss attempt

4:13pm

City clear and Yeates breaks away...

4:13pm

Free header for McArdle but he nods straight up and over the bar for another Walsall corner

4:13pm

Walsall win their sixth corner of the game

4:12pm

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

4:10pm

Walsall crowd getting a bit impatient with their team passing it about so much

4:09pm

Bennett denied in Walsall penalty area by well-timed tackle from Taylor as he prepared to pull trigger

4:07pm

And we're off once more... hopefully with a bit more to report this time

4:03pm

@ParkerTandA disgusted to see Walsall having a go at our chairman in this way pic.twitter.com/RZzabDDDTI

— Kieran Wilkinson (@KieranWilkinson) August 16, 2014

3:51pm

And there's the whistle. Some good football from both sides but not much incident, Walsall had the best chance through Bradshaw

3:51pm

Kinsella cross nodded down by Benning but Davies gives it the size 11 to clear away

3:49pm

Two minutes of stoppages

3:49pm

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

3:46pm

It's Yeates.... through the wall but O'Donnell has everything behind it to cover

3:46pm

Knott and Yeates standing over the ball...

3:45pm

Yeates taken out right on the edge of the Walsall box. City furious and Parkinson having words with the fourth official

3:43pm

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

3:42pm

Liddle goes into back of Grimes well after the ball has gone. That will be a booking

3:41pm

Youngster will feel he should have scored there

3:40pm

He plays it short and whips in cross which Bennett flicks wide of the far post. Close to a debut goal for the teenager...

3:39pm

Again it's Yeates on corner duty in the absence of Sheehan

3:39pm

Good determination from Meredith wins City a corner

3:37pm

Lovely pass from Clifford floats into City box over Davies. Bradshaw makes connection on the volley but it's straight into Pickford.

3:35pm

Downing climbs all over Bennett to compete for cross. So of course it's a foul given against the City man ...

3:34pm

And it's Liddle again with a thumping clearance upfield

3:33pm

Liddle then McArdle head away before Walsall force their fifth corner off Kennedy

3:33pm

McArdle shanks clearance from Taylor cross and gifts Walsall a corner

3:32pm

And Clifford can't alter that with a first-timer from 30 yards which draws plenty of stick from the City end

3:31pm

Still waiting for the first shot on target at either end

3:31pm

Knott makes room for shot but screws it horribly

3:30pm

Poor Walsall clearance is picked off by Kennedy but he stumbles over his own feet. City still in the home half

3:29pm

Best baltipie I've ever had. #bcafc

— Keith Wildman (@KeithWildman) August 16, 2014

3:29pm

Chance for the other players to get a drinks break while he gets treatment

3:28pm

Grimes not getting much sympathy from the away end, who question his backbone and his parentage..

3:28pm

Boom... Davies crunches into a 50/50 with Grimes, who stays down in a heap

3:27pm

Yeates attempts an ambitious chip on the turn from tight angle. It doesn't come off

3:25pm

But he is let off with a stern word and no card

3:25pm

Darby late in on Benning. City skipper being called over by ref Dean Whitestone

3:23pm

Davies ends up in the dug-out making a tackle on Grimes...

3:23pm

Walsall pressing and Sawyers thumps one over the angle from 20 yards out

3:21pm

... and the game's first chance as Downing header drops for Grimes to swivel and shoot high over the City bar

3:20pm

Corner for Walsall

3:20pm

Bradshaw wins header off Taylor cross but McArdle gets something on it to take away the power

3:19pm

Taylor wins a corner off Kennedy. Both sides playing some good football but no end product yet

3:17pm

Clifford wrong-foots his former Chelsea academy team-mate Knott but his cross is straight into Pickford's arms

3:15pm

Knott has a pop from way out and it's not a bad try...

3:15pm

Davies outnumbered from Yeates kick but City still probing in Walsall half.

3:15pm

Trickery from Meredith and Yeates forces a second corner. City building momentum and the fans sense it

3:14pm

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

3:13pm

Neat passing and movement from the home side but City have white shirts back in numbers - Davies heads away dangerous cross from Benning

3:09pm

City fans in excellent voice as you'd expect

3:08pm

He chests Yeates pass back into the Irishman's path but the shot is wayward and wide

3:08pm

Couple of neat early touches for Bennett

3:07pm

Benning takes it flat and it's cleared by somebody right behind the pillar!!

3:07pm

Walsall, whose kit looks a bit like Arsenal, force the afternoon's opening corner

3:05pm

The #bcafc fans are somewhere behind the stanchion. So's the goal .... pic.twitter.com/H9YA934fZq

— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) August 16, 2014

3:05pm

Finally arrived, hate m6! Come on city!! #bantams #bcafc #tandagoalface @ParkerTandA @bcafcfanpics @officialbantams pic.twitter.com/vGyJdwvtIo

— Steve Coulter (@PlanetCoulter) August 16, 2014

3:04pm

Walsall get us underway after a minute's silence for a former director who died this week

3:00pm

Some City fans still arriving - the M6 has a lot to answer for!

2:59pm

City in their white away kit once again - got a 100 per cent record to protect after the win at Morecambe!

2:58pm

Here come the teams. City and "the pride of the Midlands, Super Saddlers" ... think the announcer means Walsall

2:55pm

Always good to hear a bit of Who before the game ...

2:51pm

Ashley Grimes, in the Walsall line-up today, was a big target for Jacko three years ago

2:49pm

Volume kicks up in the away end as City head back for the dressing room

2:48pm

Ready to rock! GwaaaanCity! Knott, run rings round emlad! #bcafc

— Danny Jarmola(@jams_84) August 16, 2014

2:47pm

#bcafc shooting practice pic.twitter.com/EMpCnWm7C9

— bcafcfanpics(@bcafcfanpics) August 16, 2014

2:40pm

Everyone enjoyed the Manchester United score when it was just announced....

2:39pm

Don't forget to tweet pix of your #TandAgoalface to @parkerTandA if City score ...

2:30pm

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!

2:29pm

2:25pm

City out on the pitch going through their drills with Nick Allamby. Sun appears right on queue

2:14pm

Today's teams ... #bcafc pic.twitter.com/ohiVsqdBpT

— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) August 16, 2014

2:08pm

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.

2:05pm

Good afternoon and welcome from Walsall as City look to make it a hat-trick of wins from the opening week.

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2:52pm Sat 16 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Interesting Bennett selected before Mclean maybe for his speed lets hope he can profit from Hanson.s flick ons Expect a point today 3 would be a bonus and a great result GOOD LUCK CITY
Interesting Bennett selected before Mclean maybe for his speed lets hope he can profit from Hanson.s flick ons Expect a point today 3 would be a bonus and a great result GOOD LUCK CITY lawsonio123
  • Score: 6

3:38pm Sat 16 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

Not heard a mention of hanson after 35 minutes. is he there?
Not heard a mention of hanson after 35 minutes. is he there? OLDLAD
  • Score: 1

7:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

citygent7 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Not heard a mention of hanson after 35 minutes. is he there?
You must be deaf.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Not heard a mention of hanson after 35 minutes. is he there?[/p][/quote]You must be deaf. citygent7
  • Score: 3

9:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Banktop says...

Only listened to the match on the radio today, but a great team performance. Defence as we know is possibly the best in league one. Final third not that good today but plenty of effort. Interesting start to the season, can't complain as we've started very well. An away match without one of our best players at the side of Hanson has done quite well. A lot to build on for the Crawley game, confidence maintained and the management with plenty decisions to make regards the starting line up. Well pleased with the teams efforts. Long may this continue and finally what a great turn out for city today. Well done to all who went. CTID
Only listened to the match on the radio today, but a great team performance. Defence as we know is possibly the best in league one. Final third not that good today but plenty of effort. Interesting start to the season, can't complain as we've started very well. An away match without one of our best players at the side of Hanson has done quite well. A lot to build on for the Crawley game, confidence maintained and the management with plenty decisions to make regards the starting line up. Well pleased with the teams efforts. Long may this continue and finally what a great turn out for city today. Well done to all who went. CTID Banktop
  • Score: 8

10:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Olivermac says...

Banktop wrote:
Only listened to the match on the radio today, but a great team performance. Defence as we know is possibly the best in league one. Final third not that good today but plenty of effort. Interesting start to the season, can't complain as we've started very well. An away match without one of our best players at the side of Hanson has done quite well. A lot to build on for the Crawley game, confidence maintained and the management with plenty decisions to make regards the starting line up. Well pleased with the teams efforts. Long may this continue and finally what a great turn out for city today. Well done to all who went. CTID
I was there two things stood out the ref was an homer and Bennett is not fit, 3 points should have been in the bag in the first half second half even. 2 points dropped.
[quote][p][bold]Banktop[/bold] wrote: Only listened to the match on the radio today, but a great team performance. Defence as we know is possibly the best in league one. Final third not that good today but plenty of effort. Interesting start to the season, can't complain as we've started very well. An away match without one of our best players at the side of Hanson has done quite well. A lot to build on for the Crawley game, confidence maintained and the management with plenty decisions to make regards the starting line up. Well pleased with the teams efforts. Long may this continue and finally what a great turn out for city today. Well done to all who went. CTID[/p][/quote]I was there two things stood out the ref was an homer and Bennett is not fit, 3 points should have been in the bag in the first half second half even. 2 points dropped. Olivermac
  • Score: 1

9:45am Sun 17 Aug 14

bantam10 says...

Agree with the above comment,
Bennett not fit and needs to be coming off of the bence for the last 10 -15 mins
Ref was awful too.
Thought they were there for the taking but looked an organised team.
Anybody notice their number 22?
Looked about 10 but was playing the ball about a bit and put some good passes together.
Agree with the above comment, Bennett not fit and needs to be coming off of the bence for the last 10 -15 mins Ref was awful too. Thought they were there for the taking but looked an organised team. Anybody notice their number 22? Looked about 10 but was playing the ball about a bit and put some good passes together. bantam10
  • Score: 0

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