Cambridge United vs Bradford City


Bradford City’s unbeaten run extends after 0-0 draw against League Leaders Cambridge United. 

It was the Bantams first match of 2020 after a long lay off due to postponements. However that hasn’t stopped the Bantams from making 6 new signings and seeing four players leave so far in the January Window.

5 of the new signings were in the matchday squad for the Bantams but only one started with striker Danny Rowe starting up front in place of Lee Novak who missed out due to a knee injury. Will Huffer, Jordan Stevens, Niall Canavan and Rumarn Burrell started on the bench.

The hosts made three changes from their midweek encounter with Southend United. Former Premier League player Wes Hoolahan started in midfield for the U’s. League two top scorer Paul Mullin started and was looking to add to his tally of 18.

First Half

Danny Rowe seemed eager to get his first goal for City, his shot certainly caused a problem for the keeper so much so he went off injured after landing on his shoulder.

After a long delay due to the injury the game continued and City keeper Sam Hornby was called into action, he tipped over a shot from outside the box from Paul Mullin.

City threatened from their first corner of the game but Paudie O’Connor’s header was well over the bar.

The league leaders were looking to up their game after a sluggish start and after some neat play down the right hand side Kyle Knoyle ran down the right hand side and cut it back for Mullin who fired over the bar.

Mullin seemed determined to add to his tally and after being fed through by Wes Hoolahan he angled his shot well but Hornby blocked the shot well.

Into added time and Hornby was called into action again as Mullin was played in by Hoolahan again but Hornby made himself big and saved well.

Half Time: Cambridge United 0-0 Bradford City

Second Half 

The Bantams started the second half well with Rowe causing problems as he wrong-footed centre back Paul Digby and fired a shot which Callum Burton pushed away.

Rowe was looking for the goal again as he thumped a 30 yard free kick but it just fizzled wide. 

Heading into the final quarter it was still anybody’s game.

It looked certain that City would break the deadlock when Gareth Evans was dinked in by Callum Cooke but his shot hit both posts before being cleared to safety. 

The Bantams were having a late surge and created another great chance as Levi Sutton shuffled the ball over to Cooke but his shot was too weak to really trouble the keeper.

And that was the last chance of the game as both teams took a point from the game. 

A committed display from the visitors against tough opponents proved to be enough for Bradford City this afternoon, the Bantams are next in action on Tuesday against Southend United.

Full Time: Cambridge United 0-0 Bradford City 

Man of the Match: Danny Rowe

The debutant impressed on his first outing for the Bantams. He seemed to cause trouble for the Cambridge backline and certainly seems like he’s got a deadly strike on him. 

Written by Matthew Ward

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