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Bradford City 1-1 Walsall

Bradford City's Billy Clarke
Billy Clarke joined Bradford in the summer and has scored seven goals this season

Bradford City moved into the League One play-off places despite Jordy Hiwula's second-half strike denying them victory over Walsall.

The hosts went ahead on 51 minutes when striker Billy Clarke drilled the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

But the Saddlers equalised 16 minutes from time when Hiwula headed in Jordan Cook's cross from close range.

Bradford almost grabbed a late winner but Alan Sheehan's low drive was well saved by keeper Richard O'Donnell.

The point saw the home side go sixth in the table on goal difference after Doncaster were beaten 3-0 at Port Vale.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC Sport:

"It wasn't a great spectacle, but the conditions didn't help and it was a very hard-earned point. It's a difficult place to come, so it's a big point for us.

"It was a game of few chances, but we battled it out and worked hard all over the pitch. It was a fair result in the end.

"We tried to play when we could but I felt we were maybe a little too deep in the second half, which is understandable given the condition of the pitch."

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Darby
  • 15Mackenzie
  • 23McArdle
  • 3Meredith
  • 14YeatesSubstituted forSheehanat 87'minutes
  • 8Liddle
  • 11Knott
  • 25Halliday
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forZokoat 76'minutes
  • 16Stead

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 6Sheehan
  • 12Williams
  • 13Zoko
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forHenryat 71'minutes
  • 21CookSubstituted forBaxendaleat 90'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forGrimesat 71'minutes
  • 12Cain
  • 27Forde
  • 30Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Chambers
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 25Henry
  • 29Murphy
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
13,534

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Andy Halliday (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Alan Sheehan (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alan Sheehan replaces Mark Yeates.

Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

Booking

Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Andy Halliday (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Francois Zoko replaces Billy Clarke.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Walsall 1. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Andy Taylor.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Michael Cain (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City31197558292964
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon31176857342357
4Preston30168646281856
5Sheff Utd3014794335849
6Bradford3012994034645
7Doncaster31129103837145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale291251251401141
14Walsall311011103333041
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Scunthorpe30117124346-340
17Notts County31108133339-638
18Barnsley31115154148-738
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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