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Preston North End 2-2 Bradford City

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.

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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."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forBuchananat 90+2'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 6WrightBooked at 30mins
  • 4Huntington
  • 5Clarke
  • 2Keane
  • 19WelshBooked at 25mins
  • 9Davies
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHolmesat 76'minutes
  • 10BeavonSubstituted forHumeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 11Holmes
  • 13Byrom
  • 14Garner
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21Mousinho
  • 27Hume

Bradford

  • 1McLaughlan
  • 2Darby
  • 3Meredith
  • 18Jones
  • 22Bates
  • 23McArdle
  • 20De VitaSubstituted forKennedyat 77'minutes
  • 24Doyle
  • 11ThompsonSubstituted forFolanat 79'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 7Reid

Substitutes

  • 8Kennedy
  • 12Ripley
  • 14Yeates
  • 15M Taylor
  • 16McHugh
  • 17Connell
  • 19Folan
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
11,485

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

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

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

Substitution

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

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

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

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

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

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

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

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

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

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Caleb Folan replaces Garry Thompson.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

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.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

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

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

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

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Meredith.

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

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.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Meredith.

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

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

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

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient13102132112132
2Peterborough1310212481632
3Wolves129212371629
4Preston136522115623
5Bradford1364323121122
6Walsall136431713422
7Brentford136341817121
8Swindon136252316720
9Rotherham135531919020
10MK Dons135442117419
11Crawley125431817119
12Port Vale135261718-117
13Carlisle124351120-915
14Coventry137333022814
15Shrewsbury132741315-213
16Colchester132741218-613
17Gillingham133371622-612
18Crewe133371128-1712
19Oldham123271418-411
20Stevenage133281321-811
21Sheff Utd132381020-109
22Tranmere132381126-159
23Notts County122191423-97
24Bristol City120661624-86
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