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Port Vale 0 Bradford City 2
City marched a huge step closer towards the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final after a highly impressive victory against League Two promotion rivals Port Vale.
After an organised and disciplined goalless first-half display, Phil Parkinson’s men struck twice in nine devastating minutes after the break.
Ritchie Jones rifled home a spectacular 46th-minute opener with a sweet right-footed strike and on-loan Watford winger Craig Forsyth blasted in a second soon after.
Both goals were created by the excellent Garry Thompson and left City just two rounds away from the Wembley final on April 7.
Final score: Port Vale 0 Bradford City 2
Darby and Turgott OFF - G Jones and Doyle ON
Attendance: 2,786 (120 City fans)
GOAL!!! Forsyth puts City 2-0 up and in total control with a sweet left-foot finish!!!
Myrie-Williams booked for diving. Vale fans are fuming.
Myrie-Williams shot deflected out for a corner. Still 1-0 to City.
GOAL!!! Ritchie Jones scores from 20 yards to put City ahead!!! 1-0 to the Bantams.
The second half is underway at Vale Park.
Half-time at Vale Park: Port Vale 0 Bradford City 0
Referee Drysdale has erred, books Alan Connell instead of Carl McHugh, who he then goes to book as it was he who committed the foul on the Vale player.
Jennison Myrie-Williams hit a vicious left-foot strike from 25 yards which Jon McLaughlin parries out for a corner.
Tom Naylor recovers well to shepherd the ball back to Jon McLaughlin after Ashley Vincent threatens to outpace him.
Garry Thompson outfoxes a Vale defender with a nice piece of skill but fires straight at Chris Neal from inside the 18-yard box.
Phil Parkinson, typically, patrolling the edge of his technical area barking orders at his men.
Craig Forsyth, who is having a lively evening, blazes over after excellent work from Ritchie Jones to set him clear.
Overall so far, two well-balanced, well-matched sides. Genuine goalscoring opportunities remain scarce.
City cut apart the Vale defence as Alan Connell shows intelligence to slip in Garry Thompson. He finds Craig Forsyth, whose shot is blocked.
Phil Parkinson is asked by the travelling supporters for a wave, which he does.
Craig Forsyth clears a dangerous low cross from Ashley Vincent after Calvin Andrew sent him clear inside the left channel.
Stephen Darby heads out a deep cross at the far post at the expense of a corner.
Ricky Ravenhill catches Doug Loft late, much to the disgust of the home faithful. No booking though.
Forsyth blazes wide with a right-foot shot from eight yards out after delightful run and low cross from Blair Turgott
Stephen Darby clears up well after Ashley Vincent threatened to beat him with skill and pace.
Rain has started to fall at Vale Park.
Craig Forsyth hits a vicious low left-footed shot wide from 20 yards
Alan Connell curls a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards.
Jon McLaughlin makes a fine save to keep out John McCombe's header
Alan Connell free-kick saved by Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal in the second minute.
City kick-off attacking the home end in the first half. Port Vale attacking the stand housing around 100 or so Bantams supporters.
100 or so City fans in the away end. #bcafc— @rosshtanda 04 December 2012
Not quite a sell out! #bcafc http://t.co/eXfbVIa9— @julesholt47 04 December 2012
Good to see R Jones getting a start for #bcafc. Parkinson keeping big guns in reserve for bigger challenges. Forsythe needs to step up.— @jimnicholson83 04 December 2012
Port Vale: Neal, Yates, McCombe, Loft, Myrie-Williams, Vincent, Andrew, Morsy, Williamson, McAllister, Chilvers
Subs: Dodds, Taylor, Shuker, Davis, Lloyd
Phil Parkinson made five changes for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint northern quarter-final clash at Port Vale – City’s 29th game of the season.
Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was recalled at the expense of Matt Duke in between the posts and there were also starts for Tom Naylor, Carl McHugh, Craig Forsyth and Ritchie Jones.
Rory McArdle, James Meredith and Will Atkinson were all rested but there was a very strong-looking bench featuring Nahki Wells, James Hanson, Gary Jones and Nathan Doyle.
McLaughlin, Darby, Naylor, Good, McHugh, Turgot, Ravenhill, R Jones, Forsyth, Thompson, Connell
Subs: Duke (GK), Hanson, Wells, G Jones, Doyle
RT @TheGameCaller: Port Vale v Bradford City in tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy quarter-final fixture. #bcafc last tasted victory at Vale Park in 2008 (2-0)— @philipclark11 04 December 2012
Hope we keep the run going tonight! More important game at home on sat tho! Got a feeling it will be another penalty shootout triumph #bcafc— @adameliis1977 04 December 2012
Good luck to #bcafc tonight still in all comps, hopefully another win tonight. Gotta feelin a few results will go our tonight too #gtfc— @RHannah10 04 December 2012
On the coach en route to Port Vale, let's go... #DEEC #bcafc— @blairturgott 04 December 2012