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MATCH REPORT: Point Earned On The Road Against Bradford City

17 October 2017

Eoin Doyle’s 24th minute equaliser earned Oldham Athletic a point against Bradford City at the Northern Commercial Stadium.

He slid the ball beyond Colin Doyle from 12 yards to equalise following Paul Taylor’s thunderbolt which opened the scoring after two minutes.

The result extended Oldham Athletic’s unbeaten run to five games as Richie Wellens continued his fine run of form as interim boss.

Wellens named the same starting 11 for the third consecutive league game as goalscoring hero from Saturday Queensy Menig had to settle for a place on the substitute bench.

Athletic got off to the worst possible start as they fell behind on three minutes through a wonder strike from Taylor.

The attacker was fed the ball from a short free kick and rifled into the top corner from 30 yards giving Johny Placide no chance.

It was a good reaction from Latics despite the goal disadvantage as they went in search of the equaliser.

Jack Byrne and Doyle started to see a lot more of the ball and the two almost combined to draw Athletic level.

Byrne found Cameron Dummigan on the right, he crossed and found Doyle in the centre but his volleyed effort was saved by Colin Doyle.

From the same attack, the ball sat up nicely for Gevaro Nepomuceno to strike but Doyle again managed to make the save.

Midway through the half, Athletic were level, and it was Dummigan and Doyle who combined once again, but it was Placide who started the attack.

The goalkeeper lived dangerously as he Cryuff turned in his own penalty box before firing to Dummigan on the right.

The full back played a perfectly-weighted pass through to Doyle who made no mistake from 12 yards as he slid the ball past the goalkeeper to equalise.

The home side started to have the better of the chances but it was Latics who dominated the possession with the midfield once again covering every blade of grass.

Captain Peter Clarke had to throw his head in front of a powerful shot from Taylor, whilst Romain Vincelot headed over at the front post.

Two shouts for a penalty followed as Dummigan raced into the penalty area and was upheld but the referee waved away the protests and Nepomuceno’s cross looked to strike a hand but again, the referee said no.

Neither side made changes at half time and it was Athletic who started the second half brightly.

A corner into the box from Byrne was headed at the back post by Davies but it went over the crossbar.

Jake Reeves fired wide for the hosts minutes later but it was Latics who were in complete control of possession.

On the hour mark, Latics almost took the lead as Byrne’s corner found the unmarked Davies at the front post who volleyed goalwards but Doyle managed to smother the ball.

Wellens brought on Menig in place of Nepomuceno soon after as Latics switched systems to a 4-5-1.

The encounter started to become fiery as Davies caught Vincelot with a stray arm, the midfielder did not take nicely to it and was booked for his protests whilst Davie remained uncarded.

It started to become an end-to-end affair with Placide saving at one end and bowling the ball out where Menig forced a save from the goalkeeper.

Adam Thompson found himself in the book for the home side 10 minutes before the end of the game before a mass brawl erupted.

In what was a comical three minutes, where the referee wandered around the pitch not knowing who to book, he finally booked Rob Hunt, Kean Bryan and Bradford’s Charlie Wyke.

With minutes remaining, Bradford almost took the lead after Nathaniel Knight-Percival found space at the back post but headed over, whilst into four minutes of additional time, Davies’ deflected hit the crossbar.

It was a point on the round to extend the club’s unbeaten run to five games.

Bradford City: Doyle, Thompson, Chickson, Reeves, Vincelot (Dieng 79’), Law, Wyke, Taylor (Poleon 63’), Hendrie, Knight-Percival, Patrick (Gilliead 63’).

Subs not used: Raeder, Kilgallon, McCartan, Hanson.

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt, Gardner (Omrani 78’), Fane, Byrne (Flynn 90+1’), Nepomuceno (Menig 63’), Davies, Doyle.

Subs not used: Ruddy, Wilson, Gerrard, Banks.

Goals: Bradford City (Taylor 3’) 1-1 Oldham Athletic (Doyle 24’)

Attendance: 19,840 (986 visiting supporters)


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