FT: Sheffield United 2 Bradford City 2

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Steve Parkin was delighted after City rescued a point from a “hard day’s work” at Sheffield United.
Second half goals from Gary Jones, via a deflection, and James Hanson helped the Bantams come from two down to grab a 2-2 draw against Nigel Clough’s Blades.
City assistant Parkin was not so happy with the performance of referee Roger East.
Parkin said: “Some of the decisions went against us – tell us if we got any?
“I didn’t think our front two got any protection, we had a couple of decent shouts for penalties and there was a handball in the middle of the pitch that really wound me up.
“We never recovered from that one and they went on and scored – I thought he was playing basketball!
“So being 2-0 down at half-time and losing Kyel Reid as well to a serious-looking injury, it was a really hard day’s work for us.”
Reid twisted his knee in the first half and had to be taken off on a stretcher.


City came back from two down to grab a point in a ferocious Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Bantams looked down and out against a rampant home side.
But they clawed their way back with two goals that won’t be remembered for their quality – not that any of the 3,130 away fans cared about that.
Gary Jones got the first with a 20-yard drive that took a massive deflection to wrong-foot keeper George Long.
Then the skipper’s free-kick crept through a ruck of players before James Hanson could apply the killer touch from close range.
City, who were losing at half-time to goals from Jamie Murphy and Harry Maguire, had to withstand some heavy late pressure to hold on to a valuable point.
There was one big downer for Phil Parkinson, though, as Kyel Reid departed the game in the first half on a stretcher – a lengthy addition to a growing injury list.


And that's it. 2-2 and the jeers at half-time have turned to cheers


Nearly there...


Five more minutes added. Hold on to your hats, in fact hold on to anything...


Debutant getting some stick from home fans over that penalty appeal


City make their final change. Mclean subbed by Gray


Corner number 11 for Blades


It's all happening in the City box. Miller draws McLaughlin out of his goal, ref ignores huge shouts for a pen against Doyle and Murphy curls just past far post....


Mclean goes down in Blades penalty area claiming he got caught by Maguire. Boos all round, gesticulations from City dug-out.....

Sheff U make their change, Coady for McGinn


Decent corner from Jones but everyone misses it and Blades roar to other end where McLaughlin grabs Murphy's cross at the second attempt.


But before he can come on... City have a corner!


Blades preparing to make their final substitution. Coady gets a good luck pat on the bum from Nigel Clough.


Thompson makes it a hat-trick of Bantam bookings after going in late on Hill


Sliding block from Yeates to concede a corner


McMahon rattles advertising boards with free-kick. McLaughlin had his post covered


Baxter going off to be replaced by Miller


Game delayed as the Sheffield United striker gets treated


McHugh gets second City booking for foul on Baxter just outside the box.


Gutsy block from McHugh from close range as Blades queue up to have pop at City goal.


Doyle going straight into the book for catching other Doyle, Blades skipper Michael, too high


Second City sub as Doyle comes on for Kennedy


Another Blades corner. Noise getting louder as pressure builds again


Doyle getting ready to come on.


All hands on deck in City penalty area as Blades turn up heat looking to regain lead.


Maguire highest of the lot to meet cross but glances header across goal. City escaped there


Big save from McLaughlin at near post to deny McGinn after Flynn pass opens up City back four.


Blades still going down their right all the time. Cross from McMahon too high for Porter at far post


The tone of my Twitter feed has changed quite a bit in last ten minutes.....


Midland Road is belted out with extra enthusiasm now.


Bates takes a whack and goes down. Time to have a breather - think we all need it!


My, my, my. Funny old game, football....


Would you believe it??!!! 2-2..... Jones free-kick, McArdle misses header but it passes through for HANSON to turn in at far post.


Mclean hauled down level with edge of the box. Cmon Mr Jones, decent delivery please


Blades make a change and replace Paynter with Porter


Stewards run behind goal to eject a City fan as tempers rise.


More life from fans and hopefully more life from team. Sheff United continuing to target City's left side.


City have a lifeline.... JONES shot from 20 yards takes massive deflection to wrong-foot Long in Blades goal. 2-1


Bates seems to have moved over to left back and McHugh back in middle. Suggests finding a loan left back will be a priority this week


McMahon crosses pops up in front of Baxter who flicks over bar.



Yeates drills cross too high for Thompson. Flicker of hope for the 3,130 travelling supporters


Bit more about City now , at least the fans hope so as the volume behind the Sheffield United goal goes up.


Big chance for City as Yeates cross is missed by Hanson and Mclean bundles over bar. Hanson mistimed his jump, should have been 2-1 there


Crowd is 18,794


Vital tackle from Jones in his own penalty area as hosts threaten again.


Quick corner for Blades comes to nothing



No changes at the break but City certainly need a change of fortunes for second half.


This one is safely negotiated but the half-time whistle greeted with boos from away end. Sheff United 2 City 0


Lots of shouting and finger-pointing as Blades win another corner.


City defence being opened up far too easily


Jones drills it hard towards the goalmouth but it goes through the pack for a goal kick


Biggest City cheer of the day as referee awards a free-kick to the away side.


Baxter shot turned behind for another Blades corner. Panic ensues before ball hooked over bar.... so close to 3-0 there


Four minutes of added time to play - thought it would be more than that



Former Blade Yeates getting booed with each touch. Gets into a good position and then the flag goes up late


City need something back before the break, midfield have got to get involved more. The absence of Reid's pace hurts


And MAGUIRE heads home at the far post despite efforts from Kennedy on line to keep it out. 2-0 to Sheffield United and City really up against it now


Darby, under pressure from Murphy, concedes corner number three for home side.


Parkinson getting agitated with ref Roger East. The current foul count is 8-2 in United's favour.


Good position wasted by City as Thompson shanks cross over goal.


Yeates on the left side, which Parkinson reckons is his most effective position. The Irishman needs to show it after some indifferent displays from the bench recently


City's injury curse continues. Another one to add to the list - and a key one at that.


Generous applause all round the ground for the injured winger as he is carried off the field


Yeates coming on for Reid


Here comes the stretcher


Worrying this for City as Reid gets treatment. Yeates and Graham both warming up


Reid looks in pain after challenge with McMahon. Winger staying down banging the ground


Positive play from Reid before squaring to Jones who tries speculative drive that flies into the crowd


Corner hit deep to Maguire, whose header is tipped round post by McLaughlin


First corner for Sheffield United after 23 minutes.


Flurry of pressure around edge of Blades penalty area but City cannot find the room to get off a clean strike on goal.


Shot from Baxter 25 yards out but it's tame and straight at McLaughlin


Baxter flagged offside as he shoots at open goal. Hits the bar anyway and gets wished well by the City fans ....


Sheffield United looking a lot more direct than they did under David Weir at start of season. Paynter given them a more aggressive edge up front


Baxter stretches to turn ball over bar from McMahon's cross-shot


Important block from McHugh to take the pace off Paynter's shot after free-kick drops nicely for Blades striker.


It's all happening here but City trail 1-0


How did that not go in? Hanson header hits bar and McHugh's fierce shot from rebound cleared off line by Baxter.


Good response to goal from City as they force another corner.


Chance for Mclean but heads over from City corner.


Goal for Sheffield United! Low cross from McMahon and MURPHY slides home at the far post. 1-0


City enjoying plenty of the ball in opening minutes.


Mclean fouled on touchline, chance for Jones to swing free-kick into box. Hanson rises but header bounces straight at Long.


Catching practice for an unchallenged McLaughlin.


United have the first free-kick on the beach, sorry, the touchline level with City's box.


Mclean's first touch as a City player as the visitors kick off. Fans behind them first half



The Red and White wizards? Nice sense of perspective from PA announcer...


And here come the players ... great noise from City fans.


Bring on the Bantams ... the chant begins as the away end continues to fill up. Teams on their way any minute now



Met the legend that is Tony Currie in the media room. He was a quality player in his time - ask your dad!




Plenty of noise from the away end as City come out for a warm-up. And there's a lot more supporters to come - around 3,000 expected


Former City loanee Billy Paynter makes his first start for Sheffield United.

Paynter, on loan from Doncaster, played the last 20 minutes in their 2-1 loss at Notts County.

SHEFF UTD: Long, Hill, Maguire, Collins, McMahon, Flynn, McGinn, Doyle, Murphy, Baxter, Paynter. Subs: Porter, Miller, Coady, McFadzean, Whitehouse, Kennedy, Howard.


Andy Gray is back for the first time since his injury - and goal - at Peterborough. He is on the City bench.

Subs: Oliver, Gray, Yeates, Taylor, Graham, Doyle, Jameson.


Two changes as expected to the City starting line-up.

Aaron Mclean makes his debut in place of Oliver McBurnie, who has not travelled as he nurses a slight hamstring problem.

Jason Kennedy also starts in centre midfield in place of the injured Ricky Ravenhill. The former Rochdale man had a really good game last week when he came on for him against Bristol City.

Still waiting for the subs to be confirmed.

CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, McHugh, Thompson, Jones, Kennedy, Reid, Mclean, Hanson.




Time for a few stats to be updated this afternoon...

City have only ever won here once in the league when John Hendrie and Ian Ormondroyd scored in a 2-1 win in April 1988.

City have won only one of their last 16 games in all competitions.

City have not won any of the last eight since beating MK Dons on November 23.




Good afternoon and welcome from Bramall Lane for an eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire derby.

No team news just yet but would expect there to be two changes with Aaron Mclean coming in for his debut and Jason Kennedy starting in centre midfield.

At the moment, Andrew Davies is out on the pitch being put through his paces by fitness coach Nick Allamby. The centre half's return is getting closer ...

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2:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14 jamiejoe says…

Come on City ... A bit of team work and attacking flair would do niceley!! Hope you put on our shooting boots ...

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3:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14 jackez20591 says…

Reid off injured, there go most of our hopes of getting anything out of this game. Twice we lose our ONLY attacking fast player, and twice we bring Yeates on instead of Graham. Yeates doesnt fit being a left midfielder, he doesnt have pace. He needs space and time on the ball

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3:42pm Sat 18 Jan 14 albioff says…

Here we go again. defence cut to shreds, same old.

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3:46pm Sat 18 Jan 14 Crags says…

What is the point bringing a young starlet in on loan from villa if you are not going to play him. Come on Parky when are you going to wake up and give Thommo the boot. It's pathetic.

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3:58pm Sat 18 Jan 14 albioff says…

i worry about p.p cost money to replace him yet he does not give me much confidence the way things are going

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4:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14 -HCK3R- says…

Hear Parkinson already has his post match interview ready.... blaming the ref !

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5:13pm Sat 18 Jan 14 macca1969 says…

Still shows we have great team spirit. The form will soon turn around

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5:35pm Sat 18 Jan 14 kirkleesbantam says…

A point from an average performance is a decent result still in a good position to climb the table, can't understand why he didn't give the lad from villa a chance, just listened to Steve parking on the pulse and he basically admitted that they need someone else in the team and they need to work on some things in training. Still feel we need a quality midfield player. Come on city .

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5:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14 Cityman23 says…

From the sound of the 'Pulse' radio commentary, James Hanson was given a torrid time (Kyle Reid had to be stretchered off) and City generally didn't benefit from 50/50 decisions. Two-nil down away from home, to come back and gain a point must go down as a very good result. Yes, it's another point rather than the 'elusive win' but away from home a point is 'good.' City now need to start winning games at home and if they can do that (plus some away draws) will start to move up the table. Sounded as if Aaron McLean had a decent debut with a few half chances, but perhaps City ought to consider a short term loan for a specialist left back until Meredith is ready to return. Now we've got approx. 10 days to wait till City's next game (at home) to Preston. This is the sort of game/opponents that hopefully WILL get us that longed -for win.

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5:59pm Sat 18 Jan 14 bcfc1903 says…

Great show of character by the BCFC team, an excellent result!!!! The BCFC fans sounded awesome, absolutely brilliant support, well done fellas and ladies of course. 3,120 following, immense!!!! What a great result for the beast-iality boys, and Nahki scored, money in the bank, that'll do nicely lol

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7:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14 Olivermac says…

Well another game that we should have had 3points to slow out of the blocks 2.0 down great fight back but like the other comments why can't he give this starlet from Villa game time it's just the same old thing Yeats comes on and was very poor the back 4played better in the second half and a draw was a fair result not one cross from the byline in all of the 90min. New boy Aaron McLean did enough to suggest he will be an handful for the defenders can't wait for the Preston game with home crowd I can see a couple of goals from him .

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10:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14 doneBD4 says…

Not good enough, time after time our team come's out in the first half, half arsed, only to go behide then need and get a kick up the backside for the second to get back in the game. The same thing happened numerous times last season... it's so frustrating.

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1:59am Sun 19 Jan 14 bcfc1903 says…

Would surely be a good idea to get in another experienced keeper to give JM competition in the summer. Would love to see Oscar Jansson back, great keeper and great attitude. Lets get that competition for the gloves back that worked incredibly well last season.

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9:36am Sun 19 Jan 14 notpoliticallycorrect says…

This site makes you laugh. People get negative marks for stating their opinion. Wait till the fat creep that is Peter300 gets on here, no doubt he will have a few pearls of wisdom even though his benefit income restricts his ability to actually attend a game. Loser.

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10:34am Sun 19 Jan 14 bwwb says…

Not wanting to criticise Simon Parker's facts (2.05pm) but City have won 4 times at Sheffield United the other s being 12/03/1910, 17/09/1910 and 10/09/1934. And for those slagging off Garry Thompson - he was brilliant yesterday

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2:23pm Sun 19 Jan 14 shaun from richmond says…

ONE POINT CLOSER TO SAFETY!!. Parky HAS to get a Midfield player in!...AND FAST!. Without that great start to the Season we would be ODDS ON the DROP!. GET YOUR FINGER OUT "PARKY"!!

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6:32pm Sun 19 Jan 14 Pablo says…

Those posters last week, seduced by the signing of McLean, and harbouring thoughts of a play off position are living in fantasy land. Yesterdays seven minutes scoring spell served only to paper over the cracks. The statistics of one league win in the last sixteen games, and a FA cup exit into the bargain, don't lie. The cose

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6:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14 Olivermac says…

bwwb wrote…

Not wanting to criticise Simon Parker's facts (2.05pm) but City have won 4 times at Sheffield United the other s beingI agree it was one of his better days but he certainly is not a winger his work rate from him was great but he just does not have pace to trouble any defences I would give him a go in the middle of the park in place of Kennedy and use the lad from Villa wide that's if Parky decides not to get another midfield player on board.
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6:49pm Sun 19 Jan 14 Pablo says…

Sorry, hadn't finished! The close season recruiting looks to have been an absolute disaster. I'm not sure what Jason Kennedy brings to the team. The more I see of Mark Yeates, the more disappointed I become. Just after coming on he jumped out of a tackle and that set the scene for what appeared to be a totally disinterested display. We're overloaded with centre backs and have no cover at full back. We loan a Premier League wing starlet and then don't play him. Premier league teams loan out youngsters so they'll get experience, no to warm the bench. PP should have either replaced Reid with Graham. Failing that Yeates should have been hauled off and the youngster given a chance.

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8:08pm Sun 19 Jan 14 Pablo says…

I've just read on the City website that Steve Parkin feels that Kyel Reid's injury presents a chance for Mark Yeates. Amazed at such a view, I then looked on the admirable Width of a Post to check their thoughts on yesterday's game. I quote " but for effort and application he (Yeates) would currently be ranked amongst the lowest. Yeates was not giving 100% and I find that difficult to stomach." Some players who always give wholehearted displays on the rare opportunities they are given ( Connell and Oliver ) are being virtually pushed out the door. Stroll through a game, complain at colleagues for your own shortcomings and you become first choice sub and a recommended replacement for a start. You obviously have a different view from the dugout.

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7:21am Mon 20 Jan 14 tyker2 says…

strange how city were close o the 60% wage barrier: we sell one player and replace him with a more expensive one. On the basis that funds are now available get a driving midfield player in soon. This season is heading for a relegation fight and we do not want that after last season's superb efforts. The club is in a bad place at present with too many centre halves, no alternative midfield players and now no left side. In addition we get a young lad in on loan and what do we teach him? How to warm the bench? we got him in for a reason so please use him.

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