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Bradford City 1 York City 1
Zavon Hines came off the bench to save City from derby defeat with his first goal for the club.
The winger produced a fine finish to cancel out Ashley Chambers’ first-half effort and deny York their first victory at Valley Parade since 1980.
Phil Parkinson again persisted with the 4-3-1-2 formation – but it needed a switch back to 4-4-2 after the break to get going.
And the draw means City have now gone four league games without a win.
The contest itself came alive in the second half after a sterile opening 45 minutes.
City had a couple of early chances. Alan Connell fired over from close range before Nahki Wells charged down Jamal Fyfield’s clearance but slipped as he shot straight at the keeper.
York, though, showed their menace on the counter-attack as Jason Walker blasted over Jamie Reed’s cross.
It was an uninspiring spectacle as City tried to break down York’s resistance. Andrew Davies nodded Nathan Doyle’s free-kick across the six-yard box but the ball bounced behind James Hanson.
The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break – with the visitors snatching the lead.
Jon Challinor’s shot was blocked but popped up for Chambers, whose volley beat Jon McLaughlin from the edge of the City box.
Parkinson ditched the wingless formation soon after the restart, throwing on Garry Thompson and Zavon Hines to switch back to 4-4-2.
Hanson headed over from a Doyle set-piece before Chambers went close to netting his second with a well-struck effort.
But City were level just before the hour with a superbly-worked equaliser. James Meredith, booed all afternoon by the York fans, showed his old club what they were missing with some clever skill to beat three men on halfway.
He found Hines outside the box and the winger did the rest, evading a couple more would-be challenges before calmly beating keeper Michael Ingham.
Lifted by the goal, Nahki Wells flicked a header for Thompson to hit first time and the ball crashed back off the post.
The Bermudian then should have had his eighth goal of the season when Doyle sent him clear on goal. But his dink over the sliding Ingham finished the wrong side of the post.
Luke Oliver headed over and Wells back-heeled wide as City pressed unsuccessfully for a late winner.