Bradford City and Chesterfield played out an uninspiring stalemate, as Paul Cook earned his first points as Spireites manager.

Gary Jones's free-kick had Chesterfield keeper Richard O'Donnell at full stretch in the first-half.

John Egan headed over from Jones's corner as Bradford pressed forward.

Chris Atkinson headed at home keeper Matt Duke and namesake Will fired just over for the Bantams but neither side could find an unlikely winner.

Bradford, who will host Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-final in five weeks time, had the better of the opening exchanges with winger Zavon Hines causing problems for the visiting defence.

After the former West Ham man had been brought down for the second time in quick succession, Spireites keeper O'Donnell did well to tip Jones's free-kick from 20 yards around the post before Nahki Wells dragged a 30-yard effort wide.

Cook's side had scored six in thumping League One Hartlepool in the FA Cup on Saturday but Scott Boden's offside effort was as good as it got for them in a cagey first half.

With both sides struggling for any kind of cohesion, home substitute Alan Connell went close to winning it when a Wells cross fell into his path but his shot went narrowly past the angle of post and crossbar.

The draw means Chesterfield sit five points off the play-off places while Bradford stay fifth.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a very disciplined, hard fought, ground-out point.

"After Saturday's game when we were so pleasing on the eye, coming to Bradford you know you're going to be out under pressure.

"Creatively we were poor, which is fine... But defensively we were strong."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Bradford

  • 12 Duke
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 22 Egan
  • 23 McArdle
  • 11 Thompson (Connell - 68' )
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 18 Jones Booked
  • 20 Hines (Forsyth - 82' )
  • 24 Doyle
  • 21 Wells

Substitutes

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 16 McHugh
  • 08 Jones
  • 15 Forsyth
  • 30 Brown
  • 17 Connell
  • 19 Baker

Chesterfield

  • 13 O'Donnell
  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Forbes
  • 06 Hird
  • 12 Darwikwa
  • 25 Talbot
  • 08 Togwell
  • 10 Whitaker (Ridehalgh - 63' )
  • 15 Clay
  • 23 Randall (Atkinson - 59' Booked )
  • 18 Boden (Westcarr - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Mason
  • 16 Ridehalgh
  • 17 Atkinson
  • 11 Westcarr
  • 14 Lester
  • 19 Hazell
  • 29 Evans
Ref: Attwell
Att: 8,841

Match Stats

Shots

11 3

On target

0 1

Corners

8 2

Fouls

11 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:46

Nathan Doyle takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

88:43

Will Atkinson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

87:54

Effort from the edge of the area by Will Atkinson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:55 Booking

Booking The referee shows Chris Atkinson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:50

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Duke.

85:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr by Rory McArdle. Free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

85:02

The ball is sent over by Stephen Darby.

83:44

Chris Atkinson takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.

82:49 Booking

Booking Gary Jones goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

82:43

Gary Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Atkinson.

82:18

Alan Connell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution (Bradford) makes a substitution, with Craig Forsyth coming on for Zavon Hines.

78:55

Liam Ridehalgh produces a cross, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.

76:48

The official flags Chris Atkinson offside. Matt Duke takes the indirect free kick.

73:04

Corner taken by Gary Jones from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the box by Rory McArdle misses to the right of the target.

72:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Smith on Zavon Hines. Stephen Darby restarts play with the free kick.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Craig Westcarr comes on in place of Scott Boden.

69:23

Zavon Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Tendayi Darikwa. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Atkinson from the right by-line, John Egan manages to make a clearance. Sam Togwell takes the free kick.

67:07 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell on for Garry Thompson.

66:00

Unfair challenge on Sam Togwell by Nahki Wells results in a free kick. Liam Ridehalgh takes the indirect free kick.

62:40 Substitution

Substitution Danny Whitaker goes off and Liam Ridehalgh comes on.

60:39

Zavon Hines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Smith. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hird.

59:03

The referee blows for offside. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Chris Atkinson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Randall.

54:38

Stephen Darby delivers the ball, Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

52:40

Effort from outside the area by Gary Jones goes wide right of the goal.

50:55

Gary Jones takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones, Sam Togwell gets a block in. Nahki Wells concedes a free kick for a foul on Drew Talbot. Richard O'Donnell takes the indirect free kick.

48:29

Unfair challenge on Rory McArdle by Mark Randall results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.

48:09

Foul by Scott Boden on Nathan Doyle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.

46:33

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones, Header from deep inside the area by John Egan goes over the bar.

46:04

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Jones, Sam Hird makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:07

Unfair challenge on Nathan Smith by Nahki Wells results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

43:40

Nahki Wells gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Terrell Forbes. Indirect free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

39:03

Danny Whitaker takes a shot. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nahki Wells on Sam Togwell. Drew Talbot takes the free kick. The ball is crossed by Tendayi Darikwa.

36:59

Close range header by Garry Thompson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

35:30

Outswinging corner taken by Gary Jones, Danny Whitaker has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

33:48

The ball is swung over by Will Atkinson, Nathan Smith manages to make a clearance.

31:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the right by-line.

29:58

The offside flag is raised against Scott Boden. John Egan restarts play with the free kick.

28:54

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, Nahki Wells gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Terrell Forbes. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

26:21

Corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Nathan Doyle.

23:11

The ball is crossed by James Meredith.

21:13

Nahki Wells challenges Danny Whitaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Togwell.

19:49

Shot from just outside the box by Will Atkinson misses to the left of the target.

15:48

The offside flag is raised against Gary Jones. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

11:29

Nahki Wells takes a weak shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

10:03

A cross is delivered by Nahki Wells, save by Richard O'Donnell.

9:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the right by-line.

7:59

Sam Hird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells. Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

5:01

Nathan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zavon Hines. Stephen Darby takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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