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Sub Jordan Bove's late goal sent City out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round at Oldham tonight.
Penalties beckoned until Carl Winchester's fierce cross-shot was parried by Jordan Pickford, allowing Bove to hammer in the rebound.
City, who gave a debut to defender Christopher Routis, had held their own up to that point. Their best chance came from a Mark Yeates drive that hit the post.
And that's it folks. No Wembley trip in the JPT for City for another year
Hanson's flick-on creates half-chance for Bennett but the loan man cannot find his way through the blue shirts
Ambitious shout of "Wemberley" by one Oldham fan in front the press box. City have three added minutes to force penalties...
Oldham make a sub - Brian Wilson replaced by Brown
Winchester's cross-shot is parried by Pickford and sub BOVE hammers home
Oldham take the lead with two minutes left!
Yeates gets a silly booking for kicking the corner flag ...
Don't forget there is no extra-time in the JPT... penalties beckoning??
Oldham make their first subs as Dieng replaces Morgan-Smith and Bove comes on for Dayton
Sheehan corner picks out Hanson but he's blocked off by James Wilson and cannot make a proper contact on header
City corner in front of their own fans
Parkinson having a few animated words with the assistant - and the home fans behind the dug-out chip in with their views on the City manager
Yeates switches to left of midfield and immediately tries to jink his way through.
City make their final sub as Meredith makes way for Clarke
Corner for Oldham and a first proper shout from the main stand
The build-up was much better than the free-kick from Mills which flies high into the stand
Free-kick for Oldham yard outside corner of box and finally ref gets his spray out. We've only waited 70 minutes!
Here they come. No shocks who's going off - McBurnie and Mclean
Big guns about to be rolled out. Hanson and Bennett ready to enter the fray
Oldham trying to respond after City strong start to half. Pickford saves above his head from Winchester
McArdle heads it clear with minimum of fuss
Free-kick for Oldham level with City box - but disappointingly still no spray!
Dolan catches Dayton just over the half-way line and receives the night's first booking
— thebantams(@thebantams1903) September 2, 2014
Ball cannons to the right where Darby drills the cross back in and Mclean heads wide
The Irishman has had a quiet one so far but that was as close as we've been to a goal...
Bright start to second half continues as Yeates smacks low 20-yarder against the post ....
Mclean cross is half-blocked by Elokobi and the ball pops up to Kennedy whose near-post drive is blocked again by the centre half
Crowd is 2,535 with 660 from City
Not quite happening for McBurnie at the moment. Mclean's been less effective alongside him... can see some big-hitters coming off the bench later
Painful blow for Oldham defender Mills but he might have saved a goal there. Sheehan cross drops to Kennedy who really gets hold of shot inside box - and it smacks into the home player before deflecting wide
The teams are back and off we go again...
0-0. Still on for 4 trips to Wembley and 4th in the league. #bcafc
— Keith Wildman (@KeithWildman) September 2, 2014
Congratulations to City fan Paul Jarvis and his missus on the birth of Billy Knott James Hanson Jarvis this morning.... Safe to say that Dad chose the name!!
@ParkerTandA a good music selection at half time, maybe the highlight so far.
— Bradford City Gaz(@BCGaz) September 2, 2014
City director Roger Owen has won a raffle prize ... and donated it back to the fans
All very well interviewing new signing Dominic Poleon at half-time - if you can hear him. Booming questions from man with the mic drowned out the player.
And that's it for the first half...
One minute of added time. No hold-ups so far - so no sign of the spray!
McBurnie given away a few fouls. Might test the referee's patience if he's not careful
Chance for Oldham as Winchester's dinked cross is nodded down and wide by Morgan-Smith. Three minutes until the break
Been impressed with Routis so far.
McArdle hits the post after Routis nods back deep free-kick from Sheehan. Unfortunately it was too deep and the Frenchman was ruled out of play when he retrieved the ball
— Boredbantam(@Ianhirst666) September 2, 2014
Another decent cross from Sheehan picks out Kennedy who heads over
Still no sign of that vanishing spray...
It looked to have taken a City touch but ref ignores Oldham protests and gives goal kick
Clever move from Oldham as Winchester works ball in to Dayton, whose shot on the turn just beats the far post with Pickford scrambling.
City corner comes out as far as Routis who tries a first-time shot but slices horribly
Long ball from Darby catches out Oldham defence and Mclean slips in behind. But it doesn't really come down for him and James Wilson is able to make a goal-saving block..
Thumbs up from Phil Parkinson to the away end as they sing his name
Routis wins the cross over James Wilson, who is left rubbing his head
Routis wins the cross over James Wilson, who is left rubbing his head
First corner for the home team
Dolan has a ping at the other end but Rachubka watches it comfortably wide
First shot on target after 15 minutes, Philliskirk driving low and straight at Pickford from 25 yards
City fans making far more noise than the locals
That was a decent chance for the teenager and judging from his reaction, he knew it
McBurnie so close to his first senior goal, flicking header wide from Sheehan corner. Another spot-on delivery from the defender
Chorus of Midland Road strikes up from high above Jordan Pickford's goal. Right on cue, City win another corner
Dangerous cross from Brian Wilson which McArdle manages to smuggle back to Pickford.
Pickford has to hurry to clear backpass from Routis as Morgan-Smith closes in
Two blue heads get Sheehan kick away...
Sheehan cross forces Elokobi into an uncomfortable clearance behind. First corner of the game
McArdle with a decisive diving header to clear early Oldham cross. Ball rescued from the empty stand that is still being built
Waiting for a free-kick and the first use of the "magic spray" at a City game. It's a Premier League and Johnstone's Paint thing....
And Oldham get us going...
— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) September 2, 2014
@ParkerTandA I remember being extremely giddy here in the area semi 3 seasons ago... Almost seems silly now
— Joe Scargill(@jwscargill) September 2, 2014
Announcer going all Jimmy Lennon Junior .... "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people of all ages ...."
Four minutes to kick off ... doesn't quite match the buzz leading into the last cup game!
— jamesalderson(@jtalderson) September 2, 2014
— Duncan Kerr (@toddmustgo) September 2, 2014
Great to see McBurnieplay again tonight. Impressive when he came on against Leeds. #bcafc
— Mark Hainsworth(@bcafcmark) September 2, 2014
Only five on the bench in the JPT but City have plenty of firepower there with Hanson, Bennett and Clarke as well as Billy Knott.
— Moose (@PaulGreen95) September 2, 2014
— CluedoNym(@MajorSession) September 2, 2014
Oldham signed Dominic Poleon from Leeds yesterday but he isn't registered in time to come straight in.
OLDHAM: Rachubka, B Wilson, Elokobi, J Wilson, Mills, Winchester, Kelly, Jones, Dayton, Philliskirk, Morgain-Smith. Subs: Brown, Dieng, Tidser, Bove, Coleman.
Christopher Routis makes his City debut as they open their JPT account at Oldham tonight.
The French centre half is the only change from a full-strength back four. Jordan Pickford also retains his place in goal.
James Meredith will play the holding role in midfield alongside Jason Kennedy and Matty Dolan. Mark Yeates is recalled to play behind the front two of Aaron Mclean and Oliver McBurnie - making his first start of the season.
CITY: Pickford, Darby, Routis, Sheehan, Kennedy, Meredith, Dolan, Yeates, Mclean, McBurnie. Subs: Hanson, Clarke, Knott, Bennett, Williams.