September 8, 2012
Connell claims City a point
Substitute Alan Connell rescued a 1-1 draw for Bradford with a late chip at Accrington.
Padraig Amond had given Stanley a 74th-minute lead against the run of play, tapping home Will Hatfield's right-wing cross.
Connell had only been on the pitch six minutes when he got on the end of James Hanson's flick in the 83rd minute and looped the ball over goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin from 12 yards for his first City goal following his summer move from Swindon.
Bradford should have led at the break after dominating the first half.
Zavon Hines had a fierce strike punched out by Dunbavin before the forward latched onto a long pass from James Hanson and was clean through but hit the far post from 12 yards out after 16 minutes.
Hines returned the favour by setting up Hanson but his looping header was cleared off the line by Luke Joyce.
Accrington could not get going as an attacking force and were lucky to go in goalless at the interval.
After the break it was more of the same with Bradford pressing but Stanley came more into it with Romuald Boco, on his second home debut for the club, and Joyce both firing narrowly off target.
Amond then made one count and the hosts had to soak up the pressure with Connell sending a close-range effort into the hands of Dunbavin.
Connell then got the goal to make it a lively finish as both sides chalked up a npower League Two draw for the first time this season.
|Accrington Stanley||Bradford City|
|25 Ian Dunbavin||1 Jon McLaughlan|
|2 Peter Murphy||6 Luke Oliver|
|6 Dean Winnard||3 James Meredith|
|24 Lee Molyneux||2 Stephen Darby|
|3 Michael Liddle||5 Andrew Davies|
|5 Aristote Nsiala||18 Gary Jones|
|4 Luke Joyce||24 Nathan Doyle|
|12 George Miller||7 Kyel Reid|
|10 Will Hatfield||14 Will Atkinson|
|33 Romuald Boco||20 Zavon Hines|
|23 Padraig Amond||9 James Hanson|
|22 Andrew Dawber||Matt Duke 12|
|18 Thomas Eckersley||Rory McArdle 23|
|11 Aiden Chippendale||Carl McHugh 16|
|8 Charlie Bennett||Garry Thompson 11|
|7 Craig Lindfield||Scott Brown 30|
|15 Bohan Dixon||Alan Connell 17|
|9 Karl Sheppard||Ross Hannah 10|
|Charlie Bennett for Lee Molyneux (74)||Garry Thompson for Zavon Hines (66)|
|Craig Lindfield for Will Hatfield (84)||Rory McArdle for Stephen Darby (67)|
|Karl Sheppard for Padraig Amond (85)||Alan Connell for Nathan Doyle (77)|
|Dean Winnard (24)||James Hanson (62)|
|· Squads: Accrington Stanley | Bradford City|