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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.
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.
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
Four added minutes and City win a corner but it comes to nothing.
Brentford have now had 11 corners but City defending them so far
Wells toe-pokes against the post from Hanson knockdown. Looks set to tap-in rebound but Diagouraga comes in with crucial challenge.
Duke's having a good game, just saved well again from Logan after Meredith slipped.
Jones nearly makes it two in two minutes, shot just clears the Brentford bar.
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.
Logan booked for foul on Atkinson.
The difference in City is clear already. Brentford keeper Lee tips away Atkinson cross then saves from Wells at near post.
Parkinson makes a treble sub as Gary Jones, Wells and Atkinson replace Ravenhill, Connell and Thompson. 28 mins left.
Wells and Gary Jones stripped and ready for action.
Crowd is 3,620 with 182 from Brentford. About 20,000 down than the next midweek home game.
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.
Great save from Duke to deny Donaldson another goal after the striker cleverly turns Meredith in box.
Donaldson heads over from Brentford corner before Connell's burst clear is brought back by an offside flag.
No changes from either side for the second half.
Donaldson celebration was a bit unnecessary. Didn't need to "shush" the home fans.
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.
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.
First proper save of night as Duke turns away low drive by Forrester.
Nothing of note happening but City comfortably holding their own in first half hour.
Matt Duke's first involvement is to carefully palm over bar after Donaldson cross deflects off Curtis Good. Keeper confidently takes the resulting corner.
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.
City winning early free-kicks but Connell wastes the best chance from one with poor effort from 25 yards out.
Dad sat on one side of aisle with temperature at -2 degrees. I am on other side and it's -1.......Blackberry v iPhone apps! #bcafc— @Gav_The_Bantam 30 November 2012
4 drums to a cup game #bcafc— @FuriousChopstic 30 November 2012
Half an hour until kick-off and Valley Parade looking pretty sparse at the moment.
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.
looking forward to watching @blairturgott play tonight, looks a quality player #bcafc— @BenKentt 30 November 2012
Just read that Arsenal are going to donate to the burns unit a really nice gesture, thank you #afc #bcafc— @TimN1982 30 November 2012
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.