A low cut-back followed but no red shirt could get onto it and the Bantams managed to clear their lines. Salford were forced into an early change as Conor McAleny was forced out of the game with an injury on 8 minutes, to be placed by Thomas-Asante. Both sides were looking to play a passing game, although the proceedings would always carry a little bit of bite. In the 11th minute Bradford full-back Liam Ridehalgh was booked for a heavy challenge on Wright.
There would be plenty more effort before the half drew to a close, but just one more sniff of a chance. A Cooke corner from Bradford’s left dropped into the middle where it was met by Fiacre Kelleher. A very presentable opportunity but the big central defender’s header dropped harmlessly over the crossbar. HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 0 BRADFORD CITY No goals despite a hard-fought and quite open first half and there would be no changes in personnel when the teams emerged from their break. Bradford were first off the attacking blocks, launching a 47th minute attack that would draw a memorable save from home keeper King. Charles Vernam started things off with a back-heel on the left edge of the box that sent Gareth Evans towards the line.
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The cross was a good one, with Cook muscling away from the defensive cover to bullet a header that had “opening goal” written all over it. King had other ideas, springing to his right then clawing the ball away, much to the disbelief of the Bantams crowded onto the terracing behind his goal. Vernam’s follow-up effort from the angle was blocked, but King’s tremendous save will be remembered at the Peninsula Stadium for some considerable time. The tempo was already building and in the 53rd minute a neat touch from Thomas-Asante sent Henderson away on a run through the inside-right channel. Last season’s top-scorer made it to the edge of the area, but before the trigger could be pulled Kelleher got across to put in a perfectly timed sliding challenge.
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A couple of saves - one of them top drawer - from home keeper Tom King had kept Bradford at bay prior to Lund's strike and the Welshman deserved his clean sheet. There were three changes from the XI that started the defeat at Carlisle last Saturday. Back from international duty with Wales, King replaced Birmingham City loanee Zach Jeacock in goal. Skipper Ash Eastham returned to the centre of defence in place of Jordan Turnbull and further upfield Tyreik Wright – also back from international duty – stepped in for Brandon Thomas-Asante. The game got off to a robust start as both sides looked to wrestle an early advantage. In the 5th minute Lund flicked a pass out to Wright and he pushed the ball down the right flank for Liam Shephard.
Bradford were soon back on the offensive as Vernam cut inside from the left before seeing his well-struck shot take a deflection on its way through to King. The game was end-to-end at this point and Morris tried his luck with a 19-yard effort that cleared the crossbar by some distance. Just before the hour Salford had a penalty shout after the lively Morris slipped the ball through an opponent’s legs only to be barged over.
We saw the other side of the Bantams’ game within a minute as Alex Gilliead headed for the line on the right. A clipped cross dropped for Andy Cook on the edge of the 6-yard box, but under pressure from Eastham the powerful striker could only glance a header that dropped outside the far upright. This was turning into a keenly contested match, yet despite some crisp enough passing, goalscoring chances were at something of a premium. Just past the midpoint of the half Salford’s Josh Morris threaded through a pass that almost picked out Wright only for Bradford keeper Richard O’Donnell to advance and claim the ball.
At the West Stand end former Ammie Oscar Threlkeld’s pass found Callum Cooke who controlled deftly before curling an effort just wide of the target. There would be a second yellow card for Bradford after Elliot Watt hacked down Morris. The game was heating up, yet with two sides evenly matched, chances were proving hard to come by. Twelve minutes before the interval Ian Henderson won a corner that was whipped in from the left by Morris. Lund rose to nod down but Thomas-Asante’s attempt to hook home a 7-yarder dropped just outside O’Donnell’s left-hand post.
As the game entered it’s final 20 minutes Matty Willock was introduced in place of Henderson. Both sides were looking for a goal that might well prove to be the winner. In the 72nd minute Shephard pushed forward on the right before playing a pass inside for Hunter. The Salford substitute had a real sight of goal but from the edge of the box could only lift a driven effort over the bar.
Salford City 1-0 Bradford City | Results 2021-22Matty Lund’s first ever Salford City goal, scored during the game’s final minute, secured back-to-back home league wins for Gary Bowyer’s side. The match had been heading for the “entertaining goalless draw” category until the Ammies snatched those two extra points right at the death.
The referee had a look but allowed play to continue, ignoring the home side’s appeals for a spot-kick. Ash Hunter replaced Wright after that and a couple of minutes later the Ammies won a free-kick when Henderson was fouled by Threlkeld near the corner flag on the left. Hunter delivered the set-piece to the near post where Lund’s reverse flick header dropped just over the crossbar. King would be called into action again in the 65th minute after Cooke’s pass picked out Vernam on the left. The cross evaded everyone in the middle but when the ball was played back in Cook got in a low shot from about 10 yards out. King got down to his right, just managing to shovel the ball away at the base of the post before recovering to block Cook’s angled follow-up effort. Bantam’s skipper Paudie O’Connor was carded for a challenge on Hunter but Morris could only slam the free-kick into Bradford’s defensive wall.
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For Bradford Gilliead did well to wriggle into the box from the right, but nobody in blue managed to get a touch on his tempting low delivery. The Ammies countered, with Morris advancing on the right before drilling in an angled 22-yarder that was comfortably saved by O’Donnell. With 10 minutes to play a Hunter free-kick from 22 yards out beat the wall only to drop just outside the keeper’s left-hand post. It was Bradford’s turn next as Gilliead got in a cross from the right that was cleared at the far post.
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