Late drama in League Two saw Bradford City snatch a draw against fellow promotion contenders Bolton Wanderers.
It was to be an interesting game. Both sides were top of the form chart for League Two and had certainly pulled themselves into the promotion picture.
The Bantams team had one change to the side that beat Mansfield Town on Tuesday night. Andy Cook replaced Danny Rowe upfront after he was ineligible for Tuesday’s night’s clash.
Bolton also had one change to their starting 11 who beat Oldham 2-0 Tuesday night. Lloyd Isgrove replaced veteran Nathan Delfouneso. Former Bantam Eoin Doyle started up front against his old club.
The game started with a very fast tempo. Both teams were certainly showing how much this game meant in the promotion picture.
Doyle, who scored 11 goals for the Bantams, would certainly be determined to score against his old club and he found some space early on but his effort was way over the bar.
Niall Canavan had a chance when he met the ball from a corner but he couldn’t get his header down and towards goal.
The referee blew his whistle on a very even first half from both sides. The visitors had just edged the contest but there was very little to divide the teams going into break.
Half Time: Bradford City 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
The first save of the day was made by Sam Hornby. The City keeper was called into action to deny Oladapo Afolayan’s shot after Declan John’s weaving run opened the space for the forward.
Bolton had three chances in the space of 2 minutes, First Afolayan had his cross-shot cleared off the line, Secondly Hornby reached down low to deny Ricardo Santos’s shot inside the box, then finally Doyle had a free header in the box, all alone but saw his header bounce wide of the goal.
The Trotters were cranking up the pressure on the Bantams but City as seen before in the season were resolute and resilient in defence and kept Bolton out.
The pressure would soon pay off though, Eoin Doyle was played in on goal, his initial shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Nathan Delfouneso who tapped home.
Immediately after Bradford had their best opportunity of the half. A cross from the left found Anthony O’Connor who’s downward header was saved by Matt Gilks.
In added time however substitute Danny Rowe popped up with an important goal. The ball was bouncing around the box but it sat nicely for Rowe who smashed home to equalise.
Both teams share the points and a highly entertaining game. City once again weathered the storm and came away with the points.
Bolton will be disappointed, they had the chances to finish the game but they found Bradford City impenetrable. City stay 10th in the league and sit three points of the play off places. Bolton sit 7th in the table after today’s point with Exeter and Salford sitting one point behind the Trotters.
Full Time: Bradford City 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Man of the Match: Sam Hornby