Preston and Bradford stayed in the play-off hunt in League One after an entertaining draw.

Bradford opened the scoring in the the fifth minute when Raffaele De Vita crossed for James Hanson to nod home.

Preston were lucky not to go 2-0 down when Declan Rudd fumbled Kyel Reid's drive onto his post before Tom Clarke headed in the Lilywhites' equaliser.

Bailey Wright rose highest to put North End ahead but Rory McArdle scored the game's fourth headed goal to level.

Another Hanson header was then disallowed as the visitors pushed for a winner, but Preston held on for a deserved point.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a really good game with two teams going head-to-head. There was plenty of tempo and tackles, and it was a very quick game where both teams had opportunities to win it.

"Over the course of the game, it was probably a fair result for both teams.

"It's a hard-fought point because Bradford are a good team. We got off to a poor start but we showed a lot of character to get something out of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey (Buchanan - 92' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke
  • 02 Keane
  • 19 Welsh Booked
  • 09 Davies
  • 30 Brownhill (Holmes - 76' )
  • 10 Beavon (Hume - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 11 Holmes
  • 13 Byrom
  • 14 Garner
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 27 Hume

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 18 Jones
  • 22 Bates
  • 23 McArdle
  • 20 De Vita (Kennedy - 77' )
  • 24 Doyle
  • 11 Thompson (Folan - 79' )
  • 09 Hanson
  • 07 Reid

Substitutes

  • 08 Kennedy
  • 12 Ripley
  • 14 Yeates
  • 15 Taylor
  • 16 McHugh
  • 17 Connell
  • 19 Folan
Ref: David Coote
Att: 11,485

Match Stats

Shots

13 16

On target

4 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

19 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 2, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +4:32

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

90:00 +4:10

Attempt blocked. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:22

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from very close range is too high.

90:00 +2:00

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

90:00 +1:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. David Buchanan replaces Chris Humphrey.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

90:00 +0:44

James Hanson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:50

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:29

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

88:11

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

87:53

Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Stuart Beavon.

83:07

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

83:07

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:35

Attempt blocked. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:00

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:57

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

80:48

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

80:48

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Caleb Folan replaces Garry Thompson.

77:21

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

77:21

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Jason Kennedy replaces Raffaele De Vita.

75:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Josh Brownhill.

72:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Bradford City 2. Rory McArdle (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Jones following a corner.

72:01

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

71:46

Attempt blocked. Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:10

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

71:10

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:40

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

70:14

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Meredith.

70:01

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Bradford City 1. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Laird with a cross following a corner.

67:01

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Meredith.

65:44

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Raffaele De Vita.

64:40

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:00

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:57

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

58:51

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

58:27

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

57:05

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:05

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

56:02

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

56:02

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:19

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:19

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

54:31

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

54:10

Attempt saved. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

52:36

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:36

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City).

51:36

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

50:55

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

49:59

Attempt missed. Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:40

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

48:40

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:51

Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:39

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:39

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Bradford City 1.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Bradford City 1.

43:00

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

43:00

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:00

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:53

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

39:38

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

39:19

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:50

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Scott Laird.

38:09

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

37:35

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

37:35

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:09

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:09

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

34:06

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:06

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

33:30

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

32:33

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

32:33

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Bradford City 1. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Laird.

30:39

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:39

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

29:33 Booking

Booking Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

29:24

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

29:24

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:01

Attempt saved. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

26:44

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:44

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

26:21

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

26:21

Matthew Bates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:18 Booking

Booking John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

24:04

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

24:04

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:27

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

19:39

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

17:49

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

15:37

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

15:37

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:01

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

13:03

Hand ball by Garry Thompson (Bradford City).

11:17

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

11:17

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:51

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:51

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

9:25

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City).

9:25

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Bradford City 1. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Raffaele De Vita with a cross.

4:31

Attempt blocked. James Hanson (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:12

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1:51

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:46

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

0:46

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:24

Hand ball by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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