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Summary

  1. First leg of the League One play-off semi-finals
  2. Rory McArdle's late header gives Bantams advantage
  3. FT: Bradford City 1-0 Fleetwood Town
  4. FT: Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe United

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By Tom Garry and James Law

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That's all for tonight

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood; Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Rory McArdle
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Thanks for your company on this Thursday evening where the only EFL play-off goal of the night came from this man, Bradford's Rory McArdle.

His second-half header gave the Bantams a deserved - but slender - 1-0 lead going into Sunday's second leg at Fleetwood, while Millwall and Scunthorpe's first leg was goalless.

We'll see you at the weekend for the final round of League Two and Championship fixtures as well.

Wherever you are, have a great evening. Good night.

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FT: Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

If you want to read more on Millwall's lacklustre draw at home to Scunthorpe, you can do so by clicking 'read more' in the link below.

And Ian Woodcock's fine report from Valley Parade on the other of tonight's League One play-off semi-finals can be found here.

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Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe United

Millwall are held to a lacklustre draw at home in the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final by a determined Scunthorpe side.

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Coming up this weekend in the EFL

Do be sure to join us again throughout this weekend, as there is so much in store.

Here is a reminder of the rough schedule over a busy couple of days:

  • Saturday teatime - the final day in League Two.
  • Sunday lunchtime - the final day in the Championship.
  • Sunday evening - these League One play-off semi-finals continue...

'Millwall shaded it'

FT: Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall manager Neill Harris told Sky Sports:

"I think we were the better team over the course of the 90 minutes. I thought we were excellent in the first half and we had everything other than a goal. The second half was more even.

"We knew it was going to be blood and thunder and played at 100mph - these games always are.

"I thought we shaded it but we couldn't get that breakthrough. It's all square going into the next game and I'm not disappointed with that."

90 minutes from Wembley

Still to come - Sunday's second legs

After tonight's fun and games, these four will do it all over again in less than three days' time.

Both second legs will kick-off at 18:30 BST on Sunday. Do join us again for that.

And the final, I hear you ask? Well, that's at Wembley at 15:00 on Saturday, 20 May.

'It wasn't a pretty game'

FT: Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall v Scunthorpe
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Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander tells Sky Sports:

"We both know that nothing's done in the first leg. I thought both teams tried to win the game but it's also a case of not trying to lose the game as well.

"It wasn't a pretty game but we had to come here determined to confront what they pushed upon us.

"Milwall put us under pressure by putting balls in the box but we dealt with it very well. It was a solid team performance.

"The game is not over have we have to be just as focused and determined in the second leg."

Reaction at Valley Parade

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Bradford City boss Stuart McCall tells Sky Sports One:

"To get the goal, which we deserved, was great. But it's only half-time.

"It was a great corner, Rory attacked it well. All-in-all, I thought it was a really strong performance.

"The lads kept going and believing and we nearly got a second. But we can't be greedy. The support was fantastic and we look forward to Sunday now."

Only 'half-time'?

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

If you were betting one of the managers would use the phrase "it is only half-time" tonight... Well, you're not going to be disappointed.

Here's the Bradford boss, speaking to the media...

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Uwe Rosler
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Well, Uwe Rosler's side are still in it. But he'll need to get his thinking cap on now ahead of a second leg that they will have to win to go through.

They were up against a Bradford side tonight who haven't lost at home in the league all season, and you could see why.

'One lapse of concentration'

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Alan Wright

Former Aston Villa and Fleetwood defender on BBC Radio Lancashire

I thought the (Fleetwood defence) had been brilliant. They blocked everything and put their bodies on the line.

But it only takes one person to slip, loose their concentration, lose their man and get something wrong...

Eventually, Bradford were going to have a chance to hit the target and that's what happened.

Reaction at Valley Parade

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Bradford's man of the match Josh Cullen tells Sky Sports One: "It's a (win) we should be proud of. We missed out last year so it means a lot to me and the lads.  

"You can always say it could have been a bigger cushion but we'll give ourselves a chance of winning the game (at Fleetwood) as well."

Reaction at Valley Parade

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Bradford goal scorer Rory McArdle tells Sky Sports One: "It is quite a quick turnaround and the gaffer will have the opportunity to change things around if he wants but all the lads will want to play and we'll go there aiming to get a positive result on Sunday."

FT: Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall were the attacking force, but only really had Lee Gregory's first-half shot to look back on as Scunthorpe defended admirably.

The Iron will be by far the happiest, with home advantage in the second leg on Sunday.

FULL-TIME

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

It's all over - fans are on the pitch, but I really don't know what there is to celebrate about that game...

FT: Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Bradford fans cheer after their deserved win, but should they have won by a bigger margin?

Fleetwood trudge off disappointed, but perhaps relieved to still be in a tie which could yet go either way.

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

The hosts are launching the ball into the Scunthorpe area but the Iron are sticking to their task.

Millwall have a corner now though...

FULL-TIME

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

The referee brings this first leg to an end.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

The clock is running down at Valley Parade and, in truth, Fleetwood have rarely looked like scoring.

Are they content with being just the one goal behind?

It will certainly be all to play for on Sunday.

SUBSTITUTION (Scunthorpe)

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Will we be seeing Scunthorpe skipper Stephen Dawson in the return leg?

Having been taken down by Tony Craig, Dawson comes off with what looks like a finger or wrist problem.

With the second leg on Sunday, there isn't much time to recover - Sam Mantom replaces him here.

We're into four minutes of stoppage time.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Fleetwood have never lost an EFL play-off match, winning two and drawing one of their three games en route to promotion to League One in 2014, beating Burton Albion 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

I wonder what has happened to Burton since then, eh?

Anyway, the Cod Army's unbeaten EFL play-off record is just three minutes of second-half stoppage time away from coming to an abrupt end.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Valley Parade

Rory McArdle scores
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That goal could hardly have come at a better time as the home fans were just starting to show their frustration at their side's lack of a killer touch.

With both teams so good defensively a late second could give Bradford a huge advantage for Sunday's second leg.

SUBSTITUTION (Bradford)

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Nicky Law goes off for the dominant hosts, with Timothee Dieng coming on to warm applause.

YELLOW CARD

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall look to launch a free-kick into the Scunthorpe box but it goes wrong and the visitors clear.

Stephen Dawson looks to break for the Iron and Millwall skipper Tony Craig steams across and unceremoniously shoves him over.

If this game went on for another half an hour I'd fancy there'd be a red card...

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

It could be 2-0, as James Meredith comes steaming in from deep at the far post, unmarked, to meet a hanging, right-wing cross.. But he heads well wide.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Rory McArdle scores
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Here was the first goal of the 2016-17 EFL play-offs.

Rory McArdle's jump was perfect and his angled header has Bradford in front.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

There are seven minutes plus stoppage time left at Valley Parade for Fleetwood to find an equaliser, or for Bradford to extend their lead...

SUBSTITUTION (Fleetwood)

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

The visitors make their third and final change of this first leg, as David Ball goes off and the pacey Wes Burns comes on.

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe have had their first shot on target, with 80 minutes on the clock.

Their top scorer Josh Morris strikes a free-kick from range but it's straight down the throat of Millwall keeper Jordan Archer, who I'm mentioning for the first time tonight.

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Alan Wright

Former Aston Villa and Fleetwood defender on BBC Radio Lancashire

Someone lost their man. Fleetwood have suffered for that reason.

But Bradford have got another surge of energy now. It is almost as if they've got another player on the pitch!

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

What a noise now around Valley Parade. They believe they're on their way...

Bradford get the breakthrough

Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

At last they get the goal they've deserved! Rory McArdle times his run perfectly from a left-wing corner to divert a powerful header past Alex Cairns.

Valley Parade erupts! Bradford have been totally dominant. And the relief is clear to see!

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall v Scunthorpe
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Scunthorpe captain Stephen Dawson surges down the wing in an attempt to force the issue, but is almost too keen and runs out the ball out of play.

At least he had a go - I feel there are a few out there tonight that are playing things a bit safe in fear of making a mistake.

At the other end Steve Morison hooks the ball over his shoulder but it's a soft effort and caught by Joe Anyon.

GOAL - Bradford 1-0 Fleetwood

Rory McArdle

There it is! That's been coming!

Bradford 0-0 Fleetwood

Alan Wright

Former Aston Villa and Fleetwood defender on BBC Radio Lancashire

The back three centre-halves for Fleetwood have been fantastic.

Bradford 0-0 Fleetwood

At the other end, the lively Ashley Hunter cuts inside dangerously for the visitors but his left-footed strike goes way, way over the bar. He didn't catch it cleanly.

SUBSTITUTION (Millwall)

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Aiden O'Brien comes on for Shane Ferguson as the home side look to find that spark.

The left winger scored against Scunthorpe when the sides met in the regular-season.

A good omen, perhaps...

CLOSE!

Bradford 0-0 Fleetwood

Vincelot miss
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How are Bradford not winning this first leg yet?!

This time Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila's scuffed shot rolls to Charlie Wyke, who should score... But Nathan Pond - yet again - gets in the block. That was a crucial intervention. 

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

Millwall v Scunthorpe
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We're into the final 20 minutes.

If you asked me for a defining photo from the game so far, it would be this...

Will that change? Can someone go and put themselves on tomorrow's back pages?

YELLOW CARD

Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe

The bookings are racking up at The Den - Shane Ferguson scythes down Neal Bishop around two seconds after the ball went.

Neither side can be criticised for a lack of determination and heart, but at the same time I don't think too many of the Championship managers watching will be too worried about what they've seen.

SUBSTITUTION (Bradford)

Bradford 0-0 Fleetwood

Now a first change for the hosts at Valley Parade, as Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila comes on for Billy Clarke up front.