Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 1.
Managerless Bradford ended a run of six-successive defeats in all competitions with a spirited League Two draw at Crawley.
Striker Lee Novak gave the Bantams an early lead but an own goal by Harry Pritchard before the break pulled Crawley level in front of 1,500 socially-distanced fans at the Broadfield Stadium.
Academy coaches Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars are in temporary charge of Bradford following the sacking of Stuart McCall and struggling City made the ideal start by taking the lead in the 11th minute.
Striker Novak - who returned after an 11-game injury absence at Oldham last Saturday - struck from close range after goalkeeper Glenn Morris could only parry a shot from Austin Samuels.
Crawley, beaten only once at home in the league in the last year, levelled after 25 minutes when a free-kick by Sam Matthews was headed into his own net by Pritchard.
An even start to the second half saw Samuels put an angled shot just wide after being set up by Novak, and then Pritchard forced goalkeeper Morris to make a smothering save.
The Reds had a let off when Novak fired a shot over from a good position after breaking through, before substitute Nathan Ferguson headed over at the other end.
Bradford, playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, battled hard for their point as neither side could conjure up a winner.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 6Dallison-LisbonSubstituted forNadesanat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 20MatthewsSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
- 16NicholsSubstituted forAshfordat 81'minutes
- 6O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
- 14SamuelsSubstituted forScalesat 69'minutes
- 7PritchardSubstituted forFrenchat 78'minutes
- 9NovakSubstituted forDonaldsonat 78'minutes
- Sam Purkiss
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 1.
Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.
Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sam Ashford (Crawley Town).
Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jack Powell following a set piece situation.
Nick Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Elliot Watt (Bradford City).
Attempt blocked. Max Watters (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tony Craig.
Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Powell following a corner.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Elliot Watt.
Attempt missed. Max Watters (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Ferguson.
Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town).
Levi Sutton (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Levi Sutton.
Attempt blocked. Archie Davies (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).
Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Tyler French (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliot Watt with a cross.