Jamie Hanson scored a controversial late equaliser as Bradford City came from two down to draw with Gillingham.

Hanson scrambled the ball over the line and a linesman's flag was raised but, after a long consultation, referee Scott Mathieson allowed the goal.

Gillingham went ahead through Lewis Montrose's header and Sam Ramsden put into his own net.

Bradford substitute Nahki Wells had a goal disallowed, then glanced in Kyel Reid's free-kick before Hanson struck.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We needed to get something today. Obviously I felt the way we played warranted the three [points], but we got one and we go into the next game.

"I couldn't be more prouder of the lads today I really can't.

"Thank goodness we had an experienced referee who overruled an inexperienced linesman today, because we needed the goal to go forward."

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was interfering with play and active, it's simple. My goalkeeper can't make a save as he's waiting for the fella to flick it in and it's embarrassing, it was clearly offside and it's cost us three points so we're livid.

"The referee said he'd have a look at it, but what's that going to do for us?

"Even with the first goal, could Joe (Martin) get out of the way with the handball? I doubt it.

"I though we were terrific today. We're disappointed because a refereeing decision has cost us the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Ramsden (Wells - 61' )
  • 03 Fry Booked
  • 06 Oliver
  • 38 Davies
  • 14 Ravenhill (Syers - 46' )
  • 22 Bullock
  • 32 Reid
  • 09 Hanson
  • 17 Dagnall
  • 39 Fagan

Substitutes

  • 15 Annerson
  • 24 Kozluk
  • 23 Syers
  • 11 Smalley
  • 21 Wells

Gillingham

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 03 Frampton
  • 12 Martin
  • 16 Fish Booked
  • 18 Jackman
  • 22 Essam
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Payne
  • 14 Obita (Oli - 73' )
  • 19 Montrose
  • 33 Kuffour (Vine - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 05 King
  • 37 O Lee
  • 11 Oli
  • 23 Vine
  • 31 Miller
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 9,858

Match Stats

Shots

20 8

On target

8 5

Corners

10 3

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:34

Kyel Reid crosses the ball, Craig Fagan takes a shot. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paulo Gazzaniga by James Hanson. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:35

Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Davies goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +1:21

Lewis Montrose produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:50

Jack Payne fouled by Craig Fagan, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis Montrose takes the indirect free kick.

89:04

Craig Fagan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

89:04 Booking

Booking Booking for Matt Fish.

88:57

Matt Fish concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyel Reid.

87:52

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Fagan from the right by-line, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

85:10

Joe Martin produces a cross. David Syers takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga gets a block in.

83:08

Assist on the goal came from Kyel Reid.

83:08 Goal scored

Goal! - James Hanson - Bradford 2 - 2 Gillingham James Hanson scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Bradford 2-2 Gillingham.

81:47

Kyel Reid crosses the ball,

79:34

Indirect free kick taken by Danny Jackman. Lewis Montrose crosses the ball. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Oliver by Rowan Vine. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

79:34 Booking

Booking Booking for Matt Fry.

79:25

Foul by Matt Fry on Dennis Oli, free kick awarded.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Rowan Vine is brought on as a substitute for Jo Kuffour.

76:55

Nahki Wells has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

75:43

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Corner taken by Craig Fagan, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

74:09

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Fagan.

73:11

Matt Fish fouled by Kyel Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Dennis Oli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Obita.

70:07

Assist on the goal came from Kyel Reid.

70:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Bradford 1 - 2 Gillingham Nahki Wells finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Bradford 1-2 Gillingham.

69:37

The referee gives a free kick against Joe Martin for handball. Kyel Reid takes the indirect free kick.

69:13

Matt Fish challenges Kyel Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Fry takes the indirect free kick.

68:04

The ball is delivered by Kyel Reid, Header by James Hanson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

66:40

James Hanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Montrose. Free kick taken by Matt Fish.

66:04

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.

65:02

The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

64:07

Foul by Kyel Reid on Chris Whelpdale, free kick awarded. Matt Fish takes the free kick.

61:24

Nahki Wells is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

60:50 Substitution

Substitution Nahki Wells comes on in place of Simon Ramsden.

60:12

Chris Whelpdale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bullock. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

57:49

Corner taken by Craig Fagan from the right by-line. Jordan Obita is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

57:14

Kyel Reid fouled by Matt Fish, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Fagan.

55:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Ramsden - Bradford 0 - 2 Gillingham Simon Ramsden scores an own goal from 12 yards. Bradford 0-2 Gillingham.

54:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyel Reid on Matt Fish. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

51:39

James Hanson takes a shot. Andy Frampton gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Fagan, Luke Oliver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Connor Essam. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.

50:52

Kyel Reid takes a shot. Connor Essam makes a clearance.

50:08

Corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line, save by Jon McLaughlin.

46:49

Shot by David Syers from 20 yards. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

45:17

James Hanson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Richard Ravenhill leaves the field to be replaced by David Syers.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:54

Effort from the edge of the area by Danny Jackman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:00 +0:57

Jordan Obita concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Fagan. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

42:35

Luke Oliver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Obita. Joe Martin takes the indirect free kick.

40:25

Lewis Montrose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyel Reid. Kyel Reid takes the free kick. Andrew Davies takes a shot. Save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.

39:52

The ball is delivered by Joe Martin, clearance made by Luke Oliver.

39:43

The ball is crossed by Jordan Obita, clearance by Luke Oliver.

37:34

Effort on goal by Chris Whelpdale from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

37:14

Lee Bullock has a drilled shot. Save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.

36:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Fish on James Hanson. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Fagan.

35:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Frampton by James Hanson. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

35:25

Jordan Obita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Ramsden. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

34:38

Matt Fry sends in a cross, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

33:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Hanson by Andy Frampton. Simon Ramsden takes the free kick.

31:31

Andrew Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Montrose. Jordan Obita shoots direct from the free kick, Jon McLaughlin makes a save.

28:07

The official flags Jo Kuffour offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

25:29

Joe Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Fagan. Kyel Reid takes the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against James Hanson. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

24:38

Assist by Jo Kuffour.

24:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Montrose - Bradford 0 - 1 Gillingham Lewis Montrose finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Bradford 0-1 Gillingham.

23:35

Simon Ramsden delivers the ball, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

22:22

Kyel Reid crosses the ball, Header from close in by Chris Dagnall misses to the left of the goal.

21:18

Danny Jackman takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by James Hanson.

20:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Hanson. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

18:07

Joe Martin produces a cross.

16:42

Matt Fish takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Oliver. The official flags Jo Kuffour offside. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

13:58

Handball decision goes against Danny Jackman. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

12:31

Headed effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Davies goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Connor Essam on Chris Dagnall. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bullock.

9:25

Shot by Jordan Obita. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

8:45

The ball is delivered by Craig Fagan, clearance made by Connor Essam.

7:05

A cross is delivered by Craig Fagan, clearance made by Joe Martin. Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Fagan, Andrew Davies has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

6:33

Centre by Danny Jackman.

4:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Fagan, Connor Essam manages to make a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Craig Fagan. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Fagan from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by James Hanson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

3:19

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Fagan from the right by-line, Header on goal by Luke Oliver from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

2:22

Lewis Montrose takes a shot. Andrew Davies gets a block in.

1:40

Corner taken by Danny Jackman played to the near post, clearance by Andrew Davies.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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