A quiet start to the second half saw Bradford ring the changes early on with Danny Cadamarteri replacing
former Darlington winger Bobby Petta. The half saw Yeovil drop back about 10 yards on their first half
strategy, inviting Bradford to come on to them, and defensively the first 15 minutes passed off without real
incident, with Bradford struggling to find any route in on the Yeovil goal.
All that changed 20 minutes into an event free half when Colin Miles had gone down injured and struggled
to carry on. Nathan Jones replaced him, and straight from the re-start, Yeovil got caught on the counter-attack.
A Glovers free kick was cleared by the Bradford defence, and Jones was caught cold with his attempt to put the
ball back into the danger zone being blocked by a Bradford player. The ball squirmed wide onto Yeovil's right,
where Kevin Amankwaah retrieved the situation with a sliding tackle but in doing so collided with Kevin Gall.
With three Yeovil players now over-committed, Ben MUIRHEAD grabbed the ball, cut in from the left wing
and as he entered the Yeovil penalty area, he fired cleanly past Chris Weale to equalise the scores.
The goal woke up the home side and their supporters and for the following 15 minutes, it was Bradford who
looked the more likely to win the match, having their best spell of the game. Andrew Cooke was replaced by
Yeovil fans 'favourite' Steve Claridge, whilst Liam Fontaine had to limp off following an injury to be replaced
by Efetobore Sodje. Pablo Bastianini, who had been studded in a first half challenge completed a trio of limping
Glovers as he was replaced by Matt Harrold.
Ben Muirhead landed in the referee's notebook for a rash challenge on Kevin Gall after the ball had gone,
as Yeovil finally came out of their shells, finishing the game strongly. Darren Way set up Kevin Amankwaah with
a great chance when he chested the ball down to the right-back but he went for power instead of precision and
the result was the ball screamed over the bar.
Matt Harrold set up Phil Jevons with three minutes left when perhaps the youngster should have gone for goal
himself but Jevons shot wide of the target. But a minute later, Bradford had an extreme let-off when Matt Harrold
set up Arron Davies who smacked the ball against the foot of the post from 15 yards out with Howarth beaten. From
the rebound, Lee Johnson drove the ball at the target, but somehow Howarth got a palm in the way and
on the second attempt grabbed the ball safely.
Dean Windass completed what was a pretty anonymous match for him by mouthing off to the linesman and getting
in the referees notebook for his troubles, as Bradford failed to keep their second half performance going, and
it was Yeovil who will have felt hard done by to not be going home with all three points. Perhaps Bradford
would argue that their second half pressure deserved something but in truth despite the territorial advantage
they actually created more during their weaker first period, and in the end had to rely on the width of a post
to stop Yeovil from coming home with all three points.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.3 / 10
23 votes received.
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