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Bradford City 1-1 Walsall

Walsall gained the point they needed to secure their League One status with a 1-1 draw at Bradford City.

The match was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the 56 people who died in the Valley Parade fire in May 1985 and both captains laid wreaths.

Walsall took the lead in the 22nd minute with a smart, opportunist goal. George Dobson won the ball in the Bradford penalty area and tried a left-foot shot. The ball appeared to be going wide of the far post, but Erhun Oztumer dived forward to head it into the net.

Bradford equalised on the stroke of half-time following a move involving the two players on-loan from Burton. Former England international Stephen Warnock, who is retiring at the end of the season, crossed from the left for the unmarked Matty Lund to score with a close-range header.

The hosts came closest to grabbing a winner in an improved second-half performance. Winger Jordan Gibson fired just wide of the far post in the 56th minute after receiving a through pass from Shay McCartan just two minutes after coming on as substitute.

Tim Dieng and Callum Guy had shots blocked and Charlie Wyke saw a header saved, but the nearest they came to scoring was in the 62nd minute when goalkeeper Liam Roberts made a stunning save to keep out a superb 20-yard shot from McCartan. The ball came out to Tony McMahon but he fired over the crossbar.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6Vincelot
  • 15WarnockSubstituted forChicksenat 78'minutes
  • 17GillieadSubstituted forGibsonat 55'minutes
  • 18GuyBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHawkesat 67'minutes
  • 8DiengBooked at 79mins
  • 30Lund
  • 14McCartan
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 3Chicksen
  • 7Law
  • 23Raeder
  • 24Devine
  • 27Gibson
  • 28Hawkes
  • 34Patrick

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 24Roberts
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 6Devlin
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Dobson
  • 11Morris
  • 10OztumerBooked at 79minsSubstituted forCuvelierat 87'minutes
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Ngoy
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 36Candlin
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
18,976

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Tony McMahon (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Foul by Tony McMahon (Bradford City).

Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Cameron Hawkes (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Gibson (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Kory Roberts.

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Erhun Oztumer (Walsall).

Booking

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Adam Chicksen replaces Stephen Warnock.

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

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Cameron Hawkes replaces Callum Guy because of an injury.

Booking

Callum Guy (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Callum Guy (Bradford City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Callum Guy (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jordan Gibson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordan Gibson replaces Alex Gilliead.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bradford City 1, Walsall 1.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 1, Walsall 1. Matthew Lund (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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2Blackburn452712680394193
3Shrewsbury452512860382287
4Rotherham452371572531976
5Scunthorpe4519161064491573
6Charlton452011145850871
7Plymouth451911155654268
8Peterborough4517131568581064
9Portsmouth45196205556-163
10Southend451711175862-462
11Bradford45188195666-1062
12Blackpool451515156054660
13Bristol Rovers451610196066-658
14Doncaster451317155251156
15Oxford Utd451511196064-456
16Fleetwood45159215768-1154
17Gillingham451217164553-853
18Walsall451313195364-1152
19Wimbledon451313194556-1152
20Oldham451116185673-1749
21Rochdale451018174857-948
22Northampton451210234175-3446
23MK Dons451012234269-2742
24Bury45811263969-3035
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