League Two
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Crawley Town 1-1 Bradford City

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.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Morris
  • 15Davies
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Craig
  • 6Dallison-LisbonSubstituted forNadesanat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 25Tsaroulla
  • 20MatthewsSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
  • 8Powell
  • 39Hessenthaler
  • 16NicholsSubstituted forAshfordat 81'minutes
  • 36Watters

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 10Nadesan
  • 12Ferguson
  • 18Sesay
  • 23Ashford
  • 26Galach
  • 37Nelson

Bradford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 24Cousin-Dawson
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
  • 23Wood
  • 22Sutton
  • 18Watt
  • 14SamuelsSubstituted forScalesat 69'minutes
  • 8Cooke
  • 7PritchardSubstituted forFrenchat 78'minutes
  • 9NovakSubstituted forDonaldsonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 10Donaldson
  • 13Hornby
  • 15French
  • 25Sikora
  • 26Scales
  • 27Shanks
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
1,500

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 1.

  3. Booking

    Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sam Ashford (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Nick Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Watt (Bradford City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Max Watters (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tony Craig.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Elliot Watt.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Max Watters (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Ferguson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

    Levi Sutton (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Levi Sutton.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Archie Davies (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).

  19. Post update

    Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    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.