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Bradford City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Gary Madine netted a 74th-minute equaliser to earn Bolton an unlikely draw and prevent former Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson from tasting defeat on his return to Valley Parade.

The 49-year-old led the Bantams to the League Cup final and promotion to League One during a near five-year spell in charge which ended last June.

But he was enduring a miserable afternoon when his rattled side conceded two goals to Charlie Wyke inside the first 16 minutes.

Wyke profited from two errors from Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick to take his tally to three goals in four games since signing from Carlisle.

Alnwick then failed to keep out Wyke's low left-footed effort and, having raced to the edge of his area, was lobbed by Nicky Law to allow the prolific striker a simple tap-in.

Madine missed two chances to halve the deficit - but he and David Wheater both netted in the second half to earn the automatic promotion hopefuls a precious point.

After Wheater lashed home in the 62nd minute following poor defending, former Sheffield Wednesday striker Madine silenced the hostile crowd by heading home 12 minutes later.

Bradford, who stay fifth, six points behind third-placed Bradford, almost won it late on, only for substitute Timothee Dieng's shot to cannon back off a post.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 23McArdle
  • 6Vincelot
  • 3Meredith
  • 7MarshallSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 82'minutes
  • 4LawSubstituted forGillieadat 78'minutes
  • 14CullenBooked at 65mins
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 9Wyke
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forDiengat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Darby
  • 5Toner
  • 8Dieng
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Gilliead
  • 24Devine

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 15Derik
  • 3MoxeySubstituted forHenryat 60'minutes
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 60'minutes
  • 6VelaBooked at 44mins
  • 32ThorpeBooked at 90mins
  • 22Morais
  • 14Madine
  • 45Le FondreSubstituted forWilkinsonat 88'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 4Dervite
  • 11Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Clayton
  • 24Henry
  • 33Howard
  • 35Wilkinson
  • 37Perry
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
21,190

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Conor Wilkinson replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James Henry.

Attempt saved. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Mark Marshall.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Romain Vincelot.

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Gilliead replaces Nicky Law.

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 2, Bolton Wanderers 2. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry with a cross following a set piece situation.

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Timothee Dieng replaces Billy Clarke.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd33198659352465
2Scunthorpe32179658332560
3Bolton31177744251958
4Fleetwood331610747321558
5Bradford331216542311152
6Southend32131184739850
7Millwall3114894740750
8Rochdale31146114440448
9Peterborough32138114541447
10Bristol Rovers331210115052-246
11Walsall33111394143-246
12Oxford Utd30127113733443
13Charlton3191574033742
14Northampton33117155054-440
15Wimbledon31912104141039
16MK Dons32109134040039
17Shrewsbury33108153445-1138
18Gillingham32811134050-1035
19Oldham33811142133-1235
20Bury3397175061-1134
21Port Vale31810133349-1634
22Swindon3379172947-1830
23Chesterfield3276193152-2127
24Coventry32510172849-2125
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