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James Hanson bags brilliant winner for Bradford City
Notts County 0, City 1
James Hanson claimed a spectacular extra-time winner as new-look City kicked off their campaign by claiming the scalp of Notts County in the Capital One Cup.
The big striker hit a delightful curling left-foot shot into the top corner from 20 yards in the 95th minute after good work from Kyel Reid and Nahki Wells.
Reid, who enjoyed a fine game and tormented Carl Regan throughout, could have made the game safe soon after but he blazed over.
Nevertheless, the Bantams held on for victory against their League One hosts to give much cause for optimism heading into next week’s League Two opener at Gillingham.
City boss Phil Parkinson handed debuts to six players in Stephen Darby, James Meredith, Rory McArdle, Gary Jones, Alan Connell and Garry Thompson.
All impressed as Notts County striker Lee Hughes was kept quiet throughout, but his strike partner Yoann Arquin was guilty of a horrendous miss in the closing stages of normal time.
Hughes saw his shot pushed away by Matt Duke and the rebound fell to Arquin, who could only fire the ball against the bar with the goal at his mercy.
That ensured another 30 minutes and, after Hanson’s stunning strike, Wells almost made the game safe in the second period of extra-time when he saw his shot parried by Magpies stopper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Hughes then fired over when well placed in the closing stages as City held on for a famous victory.