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Bradford City 1 - Swindon Town 1

Bradford and Bingley Stadium

11 February 2006

Attendance: 7,283

Swindon 1 V Bradford 1

A Late Sean O'Hanlon goal see's Town get a draw at Bradford to keep them one point from safety. This game had a bit of everything, controvesy, a come back and anger from the crowd. According to reports Swindon Town fell apart in the 2nd half and it was only a matter of time befor Bradford took the lead. Late in the game veteran striker Dean Windass gave the Bantams a lead and it looked as if Swindon would come back home with nothing from this game unless they got a miracle. In actual fact Swindon were lucky the deficit was not any higher than just one goal. Rhys Evans was in superb form and showed why he was the player of the month with some cracking saves. Then a miracle happened. That mircales name was Christian Roberts who was in superb form in his first game back from the Sporting Chance Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Rhys Evans came out of his goal in the final minute of play to assist in the attacking. Swindon had a corner and former Everton player Sean O'Hanlon got his head on the ball to make it 1 all in the last minute. As the final whistle went Bradford's fans booed their team off the pitch after relinquishing the 1-0 lead they had just minutes before. The bookie's made Bradford favourites for a 2-1 but as we predicted it was 1-1 in the end.

FINAL SCORE:
BRADFORD CITY 1 SWINDON TOWN 1

GOALS:
Bradford City - Dean Windass
Swindon Town - Sean O'Hanlon

BOOKINGS:
Bradford City - Steven Schumacher
Swindon Town - Ricky Shakes, Aaron Brown

Star Player

JEREL IFIL - Once again was solid at the back. Along with Rhys Evans these 2 are a powerful tandem and have definatly been a main part of Swindon's successful run as of late.

Player Ratings


BRADFORD CITY LINEUP

Donovan Ricketts, Darren Holloway, Dave Wetherall, Mark Bower, Lewis Emanuel, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Tom Penford, Steven Schumacher, Bobby Petta, Dean Windass, Danny Cadamarteri

Subs: Russell Howarth, Tom Kearney, Damion Stewart, Steve Claridge, Joe Colbeck

SWINDON TOWN LINEUP

Rhys Evans, Jack Smith, Sean O'Hanlon, Jerel Ifil, Andy Nicholas, Ricky Shakes, Andy Gurney, Paul Smith, Aaron Brown, Jamie Cureton, Lee Peacock

Subs: Stefani Miglioranzi, Matt Bulman, Albert Jarrett, Steve Jenkins, Christian Roberts

Manager Rating

IFFY ONOURA 7/10 - The substitute of Jamie Cureton with Christian Roberts appeared to bring a spark to the side that had been lacking all match. Albert Jarrett's return at the expense of Andy Gurney gave Town extra pace down the middle.

Iffy commented after the match, "The players dug deep in a difficult situation at a difficult place to come and left it very late,"

"It was a difficult pitch and it was pretty much a none event for 70 minutes.

"It wasn't a great spectacle, but there's a lot at stake at this stage of the season."

"It's a difficult place and the kind of place where it's good to get something."

Opponent Rating

COLIN TODD 6/10 - With the fan's calling for his head, he has a lot to do to win back the Bradford fans. Todd decided to bring on Steve Claridge half way through the 2nd half to team up along side Dean Windass. Both players had scored goals against Swindon in the match back at the County Ground in September. Claridge failed to get anywhere near the goal. After conceding late in the game Todd had this to say. "The good thing about the game is it's five games where we haven't lost at home," Todd said.

"We are not turning draws into wins, but at least we are not losing games."

TOWN STILL NOT SAFE

At one stage it looked as if Swindon would be out of relegation for the first time since September 2005. With Walsall losing and Bristol City drawing Town would be 20th in the table. Walsall managed to come back to draw 2-2 in the afternoon leaving Town 21st. Ahead of Bristol City on goal difference.




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