Bradford City responded to back to back defeats with a goalless draw against Oldham Athletic
Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars named two changes to the starting 11 going into the fixture. Captain Richard O’Donnell returned in goal for the Bantams, Danny Rowe started against his old club, he replaced Andy Cook up front .
The visitors from Greater Manchester named one change, Arsenal loanee Harry Clarke returned to the starting 11 for the Latics.
City made a quick start to the game and tested Laurie Walker early, Danny Rowe’s shot on the edge of the area stung the palms of the Oldham Keeper.
The visitors matched the high intensity that City had set early on and had an opportunity when Davis Keillor-Dunn saw his close range header from a corner blocked by Paudie O’Connor.
Connor McAleny went close for the Latics, he latched onto a long ball and forced O’Donnell into his first save of the afternoon.
McAleny tested O’Donnell again when he found space to fashion a shot, City’s skipper parried his effort.
O’Donnell was busy in the first half, again he was called into action when Keillor-Dunn sent a low drive towards his goal.
Half Time: Bradford City 0-0 Oldham Athletic
Connor Wood had early dart forward but he bent his effort inches wide of the far post from the edge of the area.
Harry Clarke nearly got on the score sheet, his volley almost nestled into the top corner but just whistled over the bar.
City responded, Charles Vernam played a one-two with Danny Rowe but his effort was a tame one and Walker saved easily.
Vernam had another chance, he was released by substitute Andy Cook, his strike however was parried away by Walker.
A last minute free kick presented a chance for City to snatch three points but Elliot Watt’s effort was well over the bar as the whistle ended a goalless draw at Valley Parade.
Full Time: Bradford City 0-0 Oldham Athletic
A very lackluster performance from a Bradford City perspective, City were very slow, laboured and played with no real intent.
Oldham will be disappointed, they certainly looked the more likely to score in the duration of the game and played with high intensity which troubled the home defence.
The draw leaves Bradford City 12th sitting nine points off seventh place Newport County. Their opponents Oldham sit 17th in the league two table, six points off the Bantams.
Man of the Match: Niall Canavan
Match Report written by Matthew Ward