Bradford 0-0 Chesterfield

By Ian WoodcockBBC Yorkshire Sport at Coral Windows Stadium

Bradford City and Chesterfield played out an uninspiring stalemate, as Paul Cook earned his first points as Spireites manager.

Gary Jones's free-kick had Chesterfield keeper Richard O'Donnell at full stretch in the first-half.

John Egan headed over from Jones's corner as Bradford pressed forward.

Chris Atkinson headed at home keeper Matt Duke and namesake Will fired just over for the Bantams but neither side could find an unlikely winner.

Bradford, who will host Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-final in five weeks time, had the better of the opening exchanges with winger Zavon Hines causing problems for the visiting defence.

After the former West Ham man had been brought down for the second time in quick succession, Spireites keeper O'Donnell did well to tip Jones's free-kick from 20 yards around the post before Nahki Wells dragged a 30-yard effort wide.

Cook's side had scored six in thumping League One Hartlepool in the FA Cup on Saturday but Scott Boden's offside effort was as good as it got for them in a cagey first half.

With both sides struggling for any kind of cohesion, home substitute Alan Connell went close to winning it when a Wells cross fell into his path but his shot went narrowly past the angle of post and crossbar.

The draw means Chesterfield sit five points off the play-off places while Bradford stay fifth.


Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a very disciplined, hard fought, ground-out point.

"After Saturday's game when we were so pleasing on the eye, coming to Bradford you know you're going to be out under pressure.

"Creatively we were poor, which is fine... But defensively we were strong."

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