Tuesday 14 March 2017

Draw specialists draw

The two teams in the Football League with the most draws to their name, Charlton Athletic and Bradford City, recorded a 1-1 draw at The Valley tonight. However, after a pulsating second half, Charlton could justifiably claim that they deserved all three points.

The Bantams dominated the opening phase of the first half. On three minutes Vincelot was narrowly wide from distance. Charlton's diamond formation was not working well and Chicksen was uncomfortable on the wrong side.

However, Charlton then started to the get in the game more. A Holmes free kick was flicked on by Bauer and Teixeira headed into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Following a Bradford corner on 43 minutes, Marshall put in a powerful strike and Dieng headed home from the rebound to equalise.

In time added on Watt broke into the area and turned well, but his effort was saved.

HT: Addicks 1, Bantams 1

After the break the Addicks won two corners in succession. A dipping Crofts half volley from 35 yards was just over.

Just after 60 minutes, Charlton pressure created three chances to score which were not taken. First, Novak missed; then Watt missed; and Ulvestad was a couple of yards wide.

On 68 minutes Johnnie Jackson had to head clear from a threatening corner.

On 70 minutes Page's hamstring gave way. Dasilva came on and did well, while Crofts was replaced by Konsa.

A good Charlton break saw a shot from Holmes blocked. From a free kick, Teixeira headed straight at the keeper. A Johnnie Jackson free kick skimmed over the bar.

In time added on a tiring Holmes received a standing ovation for his efforts as he was replaced by Forster-Caskey.

Official attendance 9,326 with 932 from Bradford. Katrien Meire was there.

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