Losing League Cup finalists Bradford needed a late equaliser from James Hanson to secure a draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.

After an even first half, the Daggers had a great chance to take the lead in the second half when Kyel Reid fouled Luke Wilkinson in the area but Sam Williams fired the penalty wide.

But Luke Howell gave them the lead with a well-hit effort from 18 yards.

That looked to be enough but Hanson popped up to tap home from close range.

The Bantams made six changes to the side that started the 5-0 defeat by Swansea at Wembley on Sunday, while Wayne Burnett took charge of the visitors for the first time after John Still joined Luton on Tuesday.

Burnett's side formed a guard of honour for the hosts as they entered the pitch, in recognition of their run to the League Cup final.

Bradford's play-off push?

Bradford are now 10 points short of the play-off places, with three games in hand on seventh-placed Cheltenham

Bradford made a bright start to the game and nearly led when Michael Nelson lobbed a half-cleared free-kick back into the box but Rory McArdle could not keep his effort down.

The Daggers fought back and Medy Elito ended a neat run with a powerful shot that Jon McLaughlin did well to tip onto the woodwork.

After a cagey opening to the second period the visitors were awarded a spot-kick when Reid clipped the heels of Wilkinson. Following a lengthy discussion between Williams and Elito over who should take it, the former Villa and Yeovil man sent his effort wide of the post.

The Daggers were not to be denied for long though and went ahead when Ben Strevens showed lovely feet to flick the ball to Howell to send a low shot beyond McLaughlin.

With time running out Hanson grabbed the equaliser after Zavon Hines's low cross took a couple of deflections and fell to him barely a yard out.

Parkinson's side poured forward and Nahki Wells had a last-minute shot cleared off the line by Adu Ogogo but they are now 10 points off the play-off places with three games in hand on seventh-placed Cheltenham.

Bradford assistant Steve Parkin told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We're a bit disappointed. I think we just lacked a little bit of extra quality in the final third but I have no complaints.

"I was convinced the ball had gone out before they scored and I thought the linesman made a few mistakes.

"It could turn out to be a very good point because it was starting to look a bit desperate.

"We had a big setback on Sunday because we felt we let ourselves down. It was important we followed it up with a performance today."

Dagenham interim manager Wayne Burnett told BBC Radio Essex:

"It is always going to be difficult to replace a personality like John Still.

"We said we wanted to carry on as we were and get the ball down and be brave. I thought we did that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby (Connell - 78' )
  • 05 Davies
  • 22 Nelson
  • 23 McArdle
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Thompson (Wells - 66' )
  • 18 Jones
  • 24 Doyle Booked
  • 10 Gray (Hanson - 66' )
  • 20 Hines

Substitutes

  • 40 Bentley
  • 16 McHugh
  • 04 Ravenhill
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 09 Hanson
  • 17 Connell
  • 21 Wells

Dag & Red

  • 01 Lewington
  • 02 Wilkinson
  • 03 Ilesanmi Booked
  • 04 Doe
  • 18 Hoyte
  • 12 Elito (Reed - 87' )
  • 15 Saunders
  • 17 Howell
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 07 Williams
  • 09 Strevens (Bingham - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Seabright
  • 11 Green
  • 16 Maher
  • 24 Bingham
  • 14 Reed
  • 26 Dennis
  • 31 Gracco
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 10,006

Match Stats

Shots

10 4

On target

3 2

Corners

8 1

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

89:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zavon Hines by Abu Ogogo. Gary Jones takes the free kick.

85:07 Substitution

Substitution Medy Elito goes off and Jake Reed comes on.

85:07

Assist on the goal came from Zavon Hines.

85:07 Goal scored

Goal! - James Hanson - Bradford 1 - 1 Dag & Red James Hanson fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bradford 1-1 Dag & Red.

82:43

Corner taken by Kyel Reid played to the near post, save made by Chris Lewington.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Ben Strevens goes off and Billy Bingham comes on.

80:54

Alan Connell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

78:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Howell on Nathan Doyle. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

76:52

Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell comes on in place of Stephen Darby.

76:52

James Hanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Femi Ilesanmi.

73:47

Kyel Reid has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

71:29

Stephen Darby fouled by Ben Strevens, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

68:03

Assist on the goal came from Sam Williams.

68:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Howell - Bradford 0 - 1 Dag & Red Goal scored by Luke Howell from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 0-1 Dag & Red.

67:28

Foul by Gary Jones on Gavin Hoyte, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sam Williams.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution Nahki Wells replaces Garry Thompson.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution James Hanson is brought on as a substitute for Andy Gray.

63:34

Corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Davies takes a shot. Save by Chris Lewington. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, Scott Doe manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sam Williams.

63:06

Short corner taken by Kyel Reid from the right by-line.

60:09

Effort from the edge of the box by Sam Williams goes wide of the right-hand upright.

58:59

Effort from the edge of the area by Garry Thompson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

56:30

Shot by Andy Gray from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

55:42

Luke Howell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

53:16

Michael Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Medy Elito. Matthew Saunders takes the direct free kick.

52:40

Gary Jones takes a shot. Save by Chris Lewington.

52:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zavon Hines by Medy Elito. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

49:59

Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

49:59 Booking

Booking Femi Ilesanmi receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

49:32

Zavon Hines fouled by Femi Ilesanmi, the ref awards a free kick.

46:56 Penalty

Penalty missed by Sam Williams.

46:56

Kyel Reid challenges Luke Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

46:23

Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on Medy Elito. Luke Howell restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

42:32

Gary Jones takes the inswinging corner, save made by Chris Lewington.

40:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Femi Ilesanmi on Zavon Hines. Gary Jones takes the free kick.

40:12

Unfair challenge on Sam Williams by Michael Nelson results in a free kick. Matthew Saunders restarts play with the free kick.

37:55

Shot from long distance by Gary Jones goes wide of the left-hand upright.

35:56

Femi Ilesanmi fouled by Zavon Hines, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

33:51

Corner taken by Kyel Reid played to the near post, Close range header by Rory McArdle goes wide of the left-hand post.

32:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zavon Hines by Femi Ilesanmi. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

31:25

Gavin Hoyte fouled by Andy Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

19:17

Corner taken by Kyel Reid played to the near post, Luke Wilkinson makes a clearance.

18:15

Luke Howell takes the free kick.

18:15 Booking

Booking Nathan Doyle shown a yellow card.

17:48

Nathan Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Williams.

8:46

Effort from 18 yards by Medy Elito. Jon McLaughlin makes a save. Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Andrew Davies.

6:30

Shot on goal by Rory McArdle from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

6:01

Luke Howell concedes a free kick for a foul on Zavon Hines. Kyel Reid restarts play with the free kick.

0:51

Effort on goal by Ben Strevens from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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