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Crewe Alexandra 4 Bradford City 1
City will not be going to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after being knocked out in the northern area semi-finals tonight for the third time in four years.
Kyel Reid fired them into an 18th-minute lead as Alan Martin let his 25-yarder slither through his grasp.
But the home side equalised just before the break with Nathan Doyle turning the ball into his own net trying to clear Byron Moore’s deflected cross.
City almost had a second own goal when Tom Naylor hit the inside of the post before Ryan Dickson made a superb block to stop Moore converting the rebound.
But Jon McLaughlin was at fault for Crewe’s second, allowing Max Clayton’s diving header to beat him at the near post.
As City threw men forward late on, Crewe struck twice more in the closing minutes through Bradden Inman and Chuks Aneke.
And now it's 4-1 as ANEKE drills home.
Wells makes room for a shot which Phillips saves low down. There are going to be two minutes of added time.
It's all over now as INMAN breaks away to make it 3-1
McHugh inches away from an equaliser with header past far post.
Comedy keeping continues as the ball bounces over Phillips completely misjudges bounce in mix-up with Murphy but ball is hooked clear in front of goal.
McHugh comes on for Dickson with seven minutes left and he's been thrown up front. Final throw of the dice from Parkinson.
Crewe have ball in the net again but it's given offside. A few idiots spill on the pitch but are quickly dealt with.
Crewe again threatening and McLaughlin spills Inman shot. City's keeper has had a poor night.
So nearly a Crewe third
Crewe take 2-1 lead in 77th minute. Moore cross is met by diving header from sub Clayton but McLaughlin should have done better to keep it out.
Turgott tries to go round outside but angle against him and cross floats behind goal.
Reid makes great run into box but then ran out of ideas. Still won a corner though.
Jones mistake gives ball away on halfway line but City back in numbers to thwart Crewe break.
Corner for City but it comes to nothing.
City make double sub as Wells and Hines replace Gray and Connell, 66min gone.
Inman shapes up for another volley and connects well but his aim is off.
Poor clearance from Doyle straight to Inman but his shot deflected behind for corner. Crewe on top now.
City almost score a second own goal as Naylor tries to intercept Tootle cross and turns it against inside of the post. Ball rebounds to Moore to shoot at unguarded goal but Dickson makes goal-saving block.
Turgott looks confident on the ball and stretches his legs again to test left back Tootle.
Connell almost pokes ball through to Jones in six-yard box.
Ravenhill takes it but can't clear the first man who heads away at the near post.
Reid responds by winning corner for City.
City caught out badly as Davis finds room in box but McLaughlin does well to tip over for corner.
Crewe goal now being credited as Doyle own goal. He'll be happy with that.
Crewe make a sub for the second half - the keeper. Alan Martin pays the price for his part in City's goal and on comes veteran Steve Phillips.
Shame Nathan Doyle's first goal for City came in the wrong goal #bcafc #oops— @joecockburn 15 January 2013
#bcafc great Reid goal we need to do better upfront Connell needs more composure n Gray playing well big gaps in midfield but anyone's game— @odsalman 15 January 2013
#bcafc not the worst first half in the world, Connell looks good upfront.— @ben_megabus 15 January 2013
Think it was Moore's goal and can't see Doyle wanting to argue that he got the decisive touch.
Got a feeling we're gona lose on pens tonight :/ #bcafc— @greg_troy 15 January 2013
Half-time and City's good work is undone in the final minute.
Crewe attack again and McLaughlin beats out shot from Leitch-Smith. Suddenly home side have taken control.
Crewe are level. MOORE gets past Dickson to whip cross over, took bit of deflection and beats McLaughlin as Doyle, sliding in, turns the ball into net. 1-1
Turgott does well to drill in low cross from corner but Connell's half-hearted shot is easily blocked.
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Good skill by Pogba to find space to shoot from Crewe corner. But the angle was too tight and he hammered ball behind.
Crowd is 2,935 with 439 City fans. Good effort from the travelling Bantams.
Not a lot happening here and City won't mind that. Crewe can't get going and Pogba's attempt to break ruled out by foul.
Someone needs to tell #bcafc we wasn't supposed to win— @Ryan_Kanie 15 January 2013
Floats to far post where Mellor heads away. Turgott puts it back in but Naylor's header is too far out and harmless.
Almost same spot where Reid scored from and he's standing over ball.
City free-kick in good position five yards from Crewe box.
Martin off his line to clear unconvincingly into touch. Keeper looks a bit wobbly after City goal.
City back four looking pretty comfortable so far.
Crewe fans pretending they've scored a goal. City don't need to do that.
Crewe have the ball in the net through Leitch-Smith but Pogba is offside.
City take the lead. Good's ball upfield falls to REID who has a crack from 25 yards out which flies straight through keeper Alan Martin's grasp. 0-1
This time Doyle's head clears the danger before Moore shanks an attempted cross into the car park behind the ground.
City still have defending to do after conceding free-kick five yards outside box.
Ball played back to taker Tootle but Naylor wins important header to take it off Pogba.
First corner of the game for Crewe.
Gray looks to get through again but Mellor reads it quickly and nicks ball away on the edge of the Crewe box.
Dickson free-kick met by Gray header but no pace on the original ball and Martin saves comfortably.
Positive run by Dickson into Crewe territory ended with a shove in the back.
Whoever wins tonight will play Coventry away first leg in the northern final.
Can't miss Crewe keeper Alan Martin, he looks like Bananaman in his day-glo yellow kit.
Better cross from Turgott on the right but Mellor flicks it clear from the waiting Reid.
Reid first chance to cross but it's an awful early one that flies behind the goal.
Martin scuffs his first clearance from Crewe goal but ball goes straight to one of the home players.
City fans in the superbly-named Ice Cream Van Stand are in good voice. Quite a decent atmosphere here.
Jon McLaughlin gets an early touch in his first game since the FA Cup replay at Brentford.
I know we've broken the rules for tonight's cup game and its a young side but i like it. Youth, pace and ambition #bcafc #FeelingPositive— @jamesr1509 15 January 2013
So Doyle conundrum solves - he's playing right back.
Just spotted fine knitted #bcafc hat, placed an order- from someone's sister in peterboro!! Love away games! #banter— @jegolton 15 January 2013
Reasonable turn-out of City fans given the greater cup attractions dwarfing this one - and the fact that it's bitterly cold
Be interesting to see where Nathan Doyle is playing. Could be usual role in midfield or switched to back four, either at centre half or right back.
Operation #parkthebus is in effect. #bcafc— @AidanFlood 15 January 2013
Still a strong starting XI ....come on city!!! #onlyacup #bcafc #jpt— @BCAFCFanZone 15 January 2013
Lots of talk about Kilmarnock centre half Michael Nelson on his way to City. I understand it is likely to happen but don't think it has gone through yet.
Phil Parkinson risks a fine by making eight changes from the side that started against Oxford.
The City boss hinted that he would be resting several players for the JPT northern area semi-final at Crewe, even though competition rules insist you must play a minimum six starters from the previous game.
He has proved true to his word by making wholesale changes with only Andy Gray, Ryan Dickson and Nathan Doyle staying in.
It is a good opportunity for the likes of Kyel Reid, Alan Connell and keeper Jon McLaughlin.
CITY: McLaughlin, Jones, Naylor, Good, Dickson, Turgott, Doyle, Ravenhill, Reid, Connell, Gray. Subs: McHugh, Wells, Hines, Brown, Duke.