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Bradford City 0 Exeter City 1
Jamie Cureton came back to haunt his old boss and team-mate Phil Parkinson with the only goal to sink City this afternoon.
The 37-year-old pounced just before half-time to clinch the win for Exeter – and make it a frustrating day for the home side.
James Hanson flashed an early warning with a header across goal but City escaped at the other end as Cureton’s curler came back off the post.
The Hanson and Nahki Wells combination twice threatened to open up Exeter as keeper Artur Krysiak had to be on his toes to deny the Bermudian another goal.
Alan Gow was a threat for the visitors in his floating role behind the front two. They had come to have a go and were rewarded with a goal two minutes before half-time.
It was made by two veterans. Craig Forsyth was outjumped by Matt Oakley and 37-year-old Jamie Cureton volleyed past Matt Duke from close range.
Alan Connell replaced Forsyth at half-time as Phil Parkinson resorted to a diamond formation to match up to the visitors. Exeter also brought on City old boy Tommy Doherty.
The home side picked up the tempo in search of an equaliser. John Egan headed wide from a corner and Connell was close with a clever chip.
Duke denied Cureton after a Rory McArdle mistake before City were screaming in vain for a penalty as Steve Tully appeared to drag down Wells.
Exeter skipper Danny Coles almost dribbled into his own net after Carl McHugh’s cross got stuck under his feet.
Garry Thompson came on for latest loan arrival Tom Naylor as City went three at the back. And the sub should have done better when a corner dropped at his feet.
But there was no way back against an Exeter side who defended impressively and were never unduly ruffled for all City’s possession.
Exeter make final sub at start of three added mins. Goalscorer Cureton is replaced by Bauza.
Exeter bring on Amankwaah for Gow, extra defender to see out the final few minutes.
City still after that goal back and Thompson should have done better as corner drops invitingly for close-range shot.
No make that Naylor coming off, they put up the wrong number on the sub board.
Thompson comes on for McArdle with 14 minutes to go.
Coles almost dribbles the ball into his own net as McHugh's cross gets stuck under his feet.
Doherty booked on his return to City for foul on Atkinson.
Hanson heads over the bar from another corner. It's mainly one way towards the Kop now
City denied the most stonewall penalty I've seen in a decade. #bcafc— @Holden_Tight 17 November 2012
This referee is, quite frankly, shocking #bcafc— @aaronbower 17 November 2012
Tempers rising and City feel they should have had a penalty as Tully drags down Wells. Parkinson furious with fourth official when nothing is given
Connell with delicious attempted chip which curls inches away with Krysiak beaten. It's got the crowd going with plenty of noise
City stepping it up since the break and Egan header from corner drops narrowly wide.
Cups runs conpletely taking their toll. #BCAFC look shot. Exeter better team, though it helps with ref giving them anything and everything.— @markyoung1990 17 November 2012
Both teams make a sub for second half. City old boy Tommy Doherty comes on to boos in place of Bennett for Exeter.
Alan Connell replaces Craig Forsyth as City match Exeter's diamond set-up.
Half-time at Valley Parade and it's been a frustrating 45 minutes for City. Looked to be heading in goalless but good finish from Exeter top scorer Cureton. Forsyth shouldn't have been outjumped by Oakley at back post in build-up.
Exeter 1-0 up in 43rd minute with good close-range volley from veteran striker Cureton.
Another ref not winning a popularity contest with the Valley Parade home fans. Not happy that he doesn't whistle when Krysiak appears to go outside his box as he makes a catch.
Gary Jones comfortably City's best player so far, finding space and time every time he gets the ball.
Krysiak pulls off good save from Wells after Hanson flick-on. Entertaining game this so far
Exeter hit post through Cureton. Gow proving a handful for City, playing behind the front two.
Both teams playing some decent football, getting the ball down and playing on the floor.
Hanson climbs well to meet Jones f-k and header flashes just wide of post.
Exeter win a couple of early corners and Coles flicks header across goal.
Interesting to see that City have not won the game directly after all their previous cup ties this season. Hopefully that run will change this afternoon
#bcafc 3pts is a must today.— @Hughbcfc 17 November 2012
On way to VP with usual collection of other people's kids & one of my own. Come on City #bcafc— @SGiangregorio 17 November 2012
City make seven changes from the FA Cup win in midweek - or two compared with the side that won at Aldershot last Saturday.
New loan signing Tom Naylor from Derby comes straight in at right back in place of Stephen Darby, who has a hip flexer injury.
John Egan and Craig Forsyth both return after being ineligible to play Northampton.
City old boys Tommy Doherty and Rhys Evans are both on the Exeter bench.
CITY: Duke, Naylor, McArdle, Egan, McHugh, Atkinson, Doyle, G Jones, Forsyth, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Ravenhill, Thompson, Connell, Baker, Brown, Bass, McLaughlin.
EXETER: Krysiak, Tully, Baldwin, Coles, Woodman, Bennett, Oakley, Sercombe, Gow, Cureton, O'Flynn. Subs: Doherty, Amankwaah, Bauza, Keohane, Dawson, Moore-Taylor, Evans.
#bcafc season tickets ON SALE NOW! Just £199 for a full adult ticket! http://t.co/J9mpWH8K— @bantamsbanter 17 November 2012