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First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

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9:40pm

Bradford City 1 Brentford 1

James Hanson kept City’s remarkable cup record alive with a second-half equaliser.
Local lad Clayton Donaldson had threatened to spoil the show by firing Brentford ahead before the break.
But Hanson netted for the second successive game after City had made a triple substitution to earn a replay.
The Bantams had made four changes from the Bristol Rovers draw and handed debuts to loan signings Blair Turgott and Curtis Good.
Winger Turgott was a keen figure early on as the home side made a confident start without worrying the Bees goal.
The first incident came at the other end where Matt Duke tipped away Harry Forrester’s low drive.
Brentford broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time. Good made a sliding challenge as the visitors counter-attacked but the ball rebounded into the path of Donaldson to beat Duke with a well-placed finish.
Duke produced a fine block to deny Donaldson another goal at the start of the second half after the striker had spun away from James Meredith.
Phil Parkinson made a treble change with half an hour left and threw on big guns Nahki Wells, Will Atkinson and Gary Jones.
It transformed the home side. Wells was denied by Richard Lee’s save before Hanson levelled 20 minutes from time after Brentford failed to deal with Meredith’s cross.
Jones and Hanson went close and then Wells toe-poked a shot against the post as City hunted a winner.
But they must do it again with a replay at Griffin Park on Tuesday, December 18 – stuck between the long league trips to Southend and Wycombe.

9:39pm

It's finished 1-1 and the replay at Griffin Park will take place on Tuesday, December 18 between the trips to Southend and Wycombe. Tough week on the road for City before Christmas.

9:37pm

Another City corner but again nothing from it and the replay is beckoning. Brentford keeper has just fallen over for a third time while taking goal kick

9:36pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City goalscorer James Hanson celebrates his goal with Blair Turgott

9:35pm

Four added minutes and City win a corner but it comes to nothing.

9:33pm

Brentford have now had 11 corners but City defending them so far

9:26pm

Wells toe-pokes against the post from Hanson knockdown. Looks set to tap-in rebound but Diagouraga comes in with crucial challenge.

9:21pm

Duke's having a good game, just saved well again from Logan after Meredith slipped.

9:16pm

Jones nearly makes it two in two minutes, shot just clears the Brentford bar.

9:15pm

James HANSON levels for City after 70min. Good work from Atkinson on left creates room for Meredith cross, Brentford cannot clear and striker whips home from ten yards out.

9:10pm

Logan booked for foul on Atkinson.

9:09pm

The difference in City is clear already. Brentford keeper Lee tips away Atkinson cross then saves from Wells at near post.

9:06pm

Parkinson makes a treble sub as Gary Jones, Wells and Atkinson replace Ravenhill, Connell and Thompson. 28 mins left.

9:04pm

Wells and Gary Jones stripped and ready for action.

9:01pm

Crowd is 3,620 with 182 from Brentford. About 20,000 down than the next midweek home game.

8:58pm

Chance for City from their third corner of the game but Good's shot is a typical centre half's effort, high and not very handsome.

8:55pm

Great save from Duke to deny Donaldson another goal after the striker cleverly turns Meredith in box.

8:53pm

Donaldson heads over from Brentford corner before Connell's burst clear is brought back by an offside flag.

8:50pm

No changes from either side for the second half.

8:46pm

Donaldson celebration was a bit unnecessary. Didn't need to "shush" the home fans.

8:44pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bantams loan winger Blair Turgott on the ball during his debut against Brentford

8:38pm

8:37pm

8:37pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City midfielder Ricky Ravenhill tries to block a Brentford cross

8:35pm

Half-time and City trail 1-0. After bright start, they have yet to threaten Brentford goal while visitors picked it up towards half-time to grab lead.

8:30pm

1-0 to Brentford, ball poked through to DONALDSON who spun and fired past Duke. Ball came to him after Good's challenge ricocheted into his path.

8:22pm

First proper save of night as Duke turns away low drive by Forrester.

8:20pm

Nothing of note happening but City comfortably holding their own in first half hour.

8:07pm

Matt Duke's first involvement is to carefully palm over bar after Donaldson cross deflects off Curtis Good. Keeper confidently takes the resulting corner.

8:02pm

Turgott looks confident on right, just linked well with Connell whose shot cannons off the imposing Diagouraga. City fans might remember him from his Hereford days when he had a monster game at Valley Parade against Stuart McCall's team.

7:54pm

City winning early free-kicks but Connell wastes the best chance from one with poor effort from 25 yards out.

7:36pm

7:15pm

7:10pm

Half an hour until kick-off and Valley Parade looking pretty sparse at the moment.

7:07pm

Manningham's Clayton Donaldson returns to Valley Parade in the Brentford starting line-up.

But there is no Tom Adeyemi, who is still missing as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

BRENTFORD: Lee, Logan, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Saunders, Forshaw, Diagouraga, Forrester, Hayes, Donaldson. Subs: Barron, Dallas, Redwood, Oyeleke, German, Pierre, Moore.

7:02pm

7:02pm

6:54pm

Loan signings Curtis Good and Blair Turgott both come in for their debuts as City host League One Brentford in the FA Cup second round tonight.

Good replaces Craig McHugh at centre half, with the young Irishman on the bench as he recovers from a throat infection.

Winger Turgott comes in for Will Atkinson, playing on the right with Garry Thompson switching to the left side.

The two other changes see Ricky Ravenhill take over from Gary Jones in central midfield and Alan Connell replace Nahki Wells alongside James Hanson up front.

Ravenhill assumes the captaincy with those given a rest from the starting line-up all on a strong bench.

CITY: Duke, Darby, McArdle, Good, Meredith, Turgott, Ravenhill, Doyle, Thompson, Connell, Hanson. Subs: Wells, G Jones, R Jones, McHugh, Atkinson, Baker, McLaughlin.

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4:39pm Fri 30 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))
Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-)) nowt fresh
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4:39pm Fri 30 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))
Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-)) nowt fresh
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5:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))
They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days.

Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))[/p][/quote]They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days. Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale. KnightMcCall
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6:09pm Fri 30 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
nowt fresh wrote: Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))
They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days. Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale.
According to Sky Adeyemi is out ?.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))[/p][/quote]They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days. Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale.[/p][/quote]According to Sky Adeyemi is out ?. nowt fresh
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6:49pm Fri 30 Nov 12

PaddyBantam says...

McCardle has to handle Donaldson who would be to big and powerful for McHugh. To be honest i can see Brentford pinching it 2-0, but of course i hope i am wrong.
McCardle has to handle Donaldson who would be to big and powerful for McHugh. To be honest i can see Brentford pinching it 2-0, but of course i hope i am wrong. PaddyBantam
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6:54pm Fri 30 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
nowt fresh wrote: Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))
They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days. Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale.
Rob Kiernan is also ineligible.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Just keep Clayton Donaldson quite and were in with a good shout of being in the 3rd round draw on Sunday :-))[/p][/quote]They are more than just Clayton Donaldson. Potentially two ex-city players in the line-up for Brentford too. Rob Kiernan was excellent for City and Tom Adeyemi has clearly been doing well since his City days. Hoping for a win and some more cash from a big third round tie. If we do win; we really can just throw Tuesday's game at Port Vale.[/p][/quote]Rob Kiernan is also ineligible. nowt fresh
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6:56pm Fri 30 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

This teams good enough to do the job: Duke, Darby, McArdle, Good, Meredith, Turgott, Ravenhill, Doyle, Thompson, Connell, Hanson
This teams good enough to do the job: Duke, Darby, McArdle, Good, Meredith, Turgott, Ravenhill, Doyle, Thompson, Connell, Hanson nowt fresh
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9:51pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Rambo says...

james hanson came off the bench???
er.... no...
james hanson came off the bench??? er.... no... Rambo
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12:26am Sat 1 Dec 12

oldmod says...

If Parky had started with the 11 that finished we would have seen off Brentford by half time. Should forge an advantage then rest players, let opposition chase the game which in turn will leave them exposed.
If Parky had started with the 11 that finished we would have seen off Brentford by half time. Should forge an advantage then rest players, let opposition chase the game which in turn will leave them exposed. oldmod
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2:16am Sat 1 Dec 12

Bradford1903 says...

Just what we needed, another replay, which will no doubt go into extra time.

At least we'll be in the hat for the 3rd round.
Just what we needed, another replay, which will no doubt go into extra time. At least we'll be in the hat for the 3rd round. Bradford1903
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4:15pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Rambo says...

Rambo wrote:
james hanson came off the bench???
er.... no...
The story has since been edited and has taken out that glaring mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: james hanson came off the bench??? er.... no...[/p][/quote]The story has since been edited and has taken out that glaring mistake. Rambo
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