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Walsall 3-3 Bradford City

Walsall produced a stunning fightback to come from three goals down and rescue a point in a thriller against Bradford.

After a scrappy first half-hour, Bradford went ahead after 30 minutes as Alex Gilliead's rampaging run led to Charlie Wyke drilling across the six-yard box for Shay McCartan to tap home.

The Bantams doubled their lead after 38 minutes as Dominic Poleon latched on to Tom Field's cross and swept a scuffed finish into the bottom corner from 10 yards.

It looked game over when Bradford made it 3-0 after 49 minutes, Tony McMahon's deep free-kick turned into his own net by Walsall defender Luke Leahy.

Leahy soon atoned for that, scoring with a bullet header from Nicky Devlin's cross to pull one back after 55 minutes.

The comeback was on when substitute Tyler Roberts - signed on loan from West Brom a day earlier - headed home Leahy's 61st-minute cross from 12 yards, just eight minutes into his debut.

And the fightback was completed three minutes from time as Roberts' teasing cross was bundled home from close range by Amadou Bakayoko to salvage a point for Walsall.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 14Wilson
  • 23Donnellan
  • 5Guthrie
  • 6Devlin
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forRobertsat 53'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 3Leahy
  • 10Oztumer
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 8Cuvelier
  • 13Roberts
  • 15Kinsella
  • 18Roberts
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 36Candlin

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahonBooked at 88mins
  • 22Knight-PercivalBooked at 75mins
  • 5Kilgallon
  • 15FieldBooked at 69minsSubstituted forBarrat 77'minutes
  • 17GillieadSubstituted forHendrieat 59'minutes
  • 4Reeves
  • 14McCartanSubstituted forPybusat 55'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 11Poleon
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18Hendrie
  • 19Jones
  • 20Pybus
  • 30Barr
  • 34Patrick
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
4,817

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 3, Bradford City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 3, Bradford City 3.

Attempt saved. Jon Guthrie (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jake Reeves.

Foul by James Wilson (Walsall).

Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Walsall).

Lachlan Barr (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

Attempt missed. Daniel Pybus (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, Bradford City 3. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lachlan Barr (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lachlan Barr (Bradford City).

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Luke Leahy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lachlan Barr (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Shaun Donnellan.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Pybus.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Lachlan Barr replaces Tom Field because of an injury.

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Walsall).

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

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Peterborough4400124812
2Wigan431082610
3Shrewsbury431063310
4Charlton43017349
5Fleetwood43016339
6Scunthorpe42207258
7Oxford Utd42116247
8Blackpool42117617
9Bradford42116517
10Blackburn42027616
11Bristol Rovers420278-16
12Doncaster41216605
13Walsall41216605
14Portsmouth412145-15
15Southend4121610-45
16Wimbledon411234-14
17Bury411247-34
18Plymouth411247-34
19Rotherham41036603
20MK Dons410326-43
21Gillingham402235-22
22Rochdale402236-32
23Oldham400428-60
24Northampton4004210-80
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