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Match Report: 10 Nov 2012 Aldershot Town Football Club v Bradford City
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Fixture Type: npower League Two Venue: Home
Match Date: Sat 10 Nov 2012, Kick Off: 15:00 Attendance: 2,143 (274)
Referee: Oliver Langford Assistant Referee: Alan Young
Assistant Referee: Oleksander Saily 4th Official: Dean Treleaven

Shots 0-2 Bradford City

Tommy Wilkinson reporting from the EBB Stadium

Shots: Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks
Bradford: Gold Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Shots: Young, Herd, Morris, Brown, Payne, Hylton, Vincenti, Bradley, Donnelly, Cadogan, Rose
Subs: Rankine, Branston, Morris, Cooksley, Munns, Lopez, Seidi

Bradford: Duke, Darby, Meredith, Atkinson, Hanson, Forsyth, Jones, Wells, Egan, Mcardle, Doyle
Subs: Mclaughlin, Connell, Mchugh, Thompson, Hines, Ravenhill, Brown

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant: Alan Young
Assistant: Oleksandra Saily
4th Official: Dean Treleaven

Att: 2,143 (274 Bradford)

The Shots welcomed sixth place and Capital One Cup quarter finalists Bradford City to the EBB stadium. There were two changes made by manager Dean Holdsworth from the midweek draw against Wycombe on Tuesday night. Aaron Morris and Scott Donnelly came into the starting line up, replacing Tonkin and Reid. With the Shots unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, they were hoping to extend this run with a positive result against Bradford.

The Shots began the match not like a team bottom of the league table, with both confidence and precision in their passing. Bradford striker Nahki Wells had the game’s first attempt, but his strike at goal was comfortably saved by Shots’ player of the month Jamie Young.

The Shots were set up in a 4-4-1-1 formation. With Donnelly supporting Danny Hylton in attack, whilst also providing protection to the central midfield partnership, in an attempt to not allow Bradford to dictate the match tempo. Donnelly in particular made a promising start to the match. He was bright and lively, while demonstrating control and composure in his passing. The opening stages were a tightly contested battle, with both sides staying strong in defence.

Jamie Young was forced into another save, when the ball fell to Nathan Doyle on the edge of the box. However the Shots' goalkeeper was on hand to keep out the midfielder’s powerful strike. The visitor’s looked to target their attacks down the Shots' right side, with Bradford left back James Meredith overlapping to great effect.

Bradford soon found themselves having the greater of the play, applying pressure with long throw ins and corner kicks into the Shots penalty box. The Shots though kept organized and stood compact, as they were able to see off the opposition’s attacking pressure. It has to be said that this is one area in which the Shots have improved on in recent weeks, with three clean sheets in their last three games.

GOAL: Shots 0-1 Bradford (Wells 27)

However a poor individual mistake by Sonny Bradley, with his under hit back pass allowed in Bradford top goalscorer Wells in on goal. The striker showed great pace and acceleration, before side footing the ball past Young to give his side the lead.

Bradford didn’t stop there either, as they went close moments after when right back Stephan Darby’s cross found James Hanson towering at the back post. The cross ended up to be a little too high and Hanson’s header ended up harmlessly wide. Will Atkinson had another attempt for Bradford, when he twisted and turned before whipping in a left-footed in swinging cross, which nearly snuck in at the back post.

Despite the away side's dominance, the Shots very nearly found themselves back on level terms. Danny Hylton had his shot cleared off the line, while Donnelly was unable to react in time to turn in the rebound.

GOAL: Shots 0-2 Bradford (Wells 38)

The Shots were growing in confidence when Wells struck again to double their lead. The initial chance fell to Hanson, but his shot was pushed away by Young to the anticipating Wells, who was left with the simple role of putting the ball into an empty net.

HT: Shots 0-2 Bradford

The Shots made one tactical switch during the half-time break, as Dean Holdsworth moved Peter Vincenti in alongside Hylton in attack, moving Donnelly to the left side of midfield. The idea behind the positional change was to introduce a target man, which would give the Shots a focal point in attack that could cause problems and hold up the play.

The match intensity along with the belief of the Shots' players began to drop. They needed a spark, a piece of brilliance to raise the confidence of the team. And fans. Hylton the most likely to do just that, saw his effort go wide after a neat turn before unleashing his shot.

Dean Holdsworth made his first substitution of the match on the hour mark, taking off Donnelly and bringing on Alberto Seidi. As the game progressed further the Shots began to lose their momentum they had slowly gathered. The visitors on the other hand began to show a greater attacking purpose through some well rehearsed set piece routines.

The Shots reacted by making a double substitution as the match approached its final twenty minutes. Daniel Lopez and Michael Rankine came on replacing Kieron Cadogan and Vincenti. A totally new strike partnership entered the fray, as the Shots looked for a late comeback. Wells continued to show his poacher instincts, as he reacted quickly to a bouncing ball in the box, but his excellent acrobatic effort hit the post and he was denied his hat trick goal.

The Shots' best move of the match came ten minutes from time, after neat inter pay in the centre of the pitch lead to Lopez releasing Seidi in an advanced position down the right. Seidi produced an excellent first time cross into the space, but unfortunately Rankine wasn’t able to cap off the move, as he was unable to direct his header on target.

Bradford introduced former West Ham attacker Zavon Hines late on in the game for goalscorer Wells. The twenty-three-year old was immediately involved in the action, as he saw his impressive overhead kick attempt just end up wide of the post.

Lopez continued to make an impressive impact after being brought on by the Shots, as he held up the ball well and brought into play the supporting midfield players. The Shots kept on going to the end, but to no reward as an extremely resilient Bradford team stood in their way.

The manner of the victory will delight Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, as they carry on with their push for promotion. While for the Shots, this was by no means the result they were hoping for, but they have to keep positive as they prepare for away trips to AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion.

FT: Shots 0-2 Bradford

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