United Eventually Give Bantams The Bird

Both Carlisle and Bradford City play their final pre-season game of the 2011-12 campaign at the Coral Windows Stadium. The Bantams field a full strength line-up minus a few injured players while United themselves are missing Craig Curran, Ben Mckenna, Paddy Madden and Josh Todd through injury. The Blues kick-off the first-half in a 4-5-1 formation as follows :


Francois Zoko

Andy Welsh - James Berrett - Paul Thirlwell - Tom Taiwo - Jon-Paul McGovern

Matty Robson - Stephen O'Halloran - Danny Livesey - Frank Simek

Adam Collin


2 mins - O'Halloran misses his clearance on a Ross Hannah pass to Mark Stewart, Stewart right-footed 15-yard drive into net past Collin, 1-0.

8 mins - James Hanson 12-yard shot deflects away off Robson.

12 mins - Chris Mitchell corner in, Hanson header from ten yards out inches over top.

16 mins - Berrett cuts in from left, right-footed 18-yard shot wide of City's far-post.

24 mins - Zoko concedes free-kick on Andrew Burns 40 yards out, Mitchell puts set-piece in, Hanson heads down for Stewart eight yards out. Stewart half-volley over top, big chance for City.

25 mins - Mitchell corner in, headed clearance by Livesey, loose ball falls to Robbie Threlfall, 30-yard right-footed strike by Threlfall inches over top.

31 mins - Thirlwell to McGovern, right-footed curler from 18 yards out, easy for Martin Hansen to catch.

32 mins - O'Halloran fails to clear City pass up by Michael Flynn, Hannah clear through on goal shoots right-footed straight at Collin's legs from 12 yards out, Robson clears loose ball, another big chance for City.

42 mins - Long ball from Mitchell headed down by Hanson to edge of six-yard box, Collin down quickly to block weak toe-poked effort from Hannah.

45 mins - Livesey to Simek, excellent cross in from right, Taiwo running in heads past Hansen and into net from eight yards out, 1-1.



46 mins - Carlisle bring on Peter Murphy, Lubomir Michalik and Rory Loy for Stephen O'Halloran, Danny Livesey and Andy Welsh respectively. United also switch to the diamond formation as follows :


Rory Loy - Francois Zoko

Jon-Paul McGovern

James Berrett - Tom Taiwo

Paul Thirlwell

Matty Robson - Peter Murphy - Lubomir Michalik - Frank Simek

Adam Collin


47 mins - Robson cross in from left, Zoko 15 yards out half-volley well wide of far-post.

48 mins - Michalik 30-yard right-footed strike wide of Hansen's left-hand post.

54 mins - James Berrett 30-yard right-footed shot high into top right corner of Hansen's net, excellent strike, 1-2.

56 mins - Carlisle bring on Liam Noble for Tom Taiwo.

60 mins - Collin punches Mitchell corner out straight to Flynn on edge of box, Flynn weak shot in easily cleared by Thirlwell.

69 mins - Bradford City bring on Nialle Rodney for Ross Hannah.

69 mins - Carlisle replace Peter Murphy with Steven Swinglehurst, Murphy struggling with lower back/upper hamstring problem.

72 mins - Berrett corner in, Swinglehurst header from ten yards out goes narrowly wide of Hansen's left-hand post.

73 mins - David Syers picks up on a loose ball from a Mitchell corner, Syers 22-yard right-footed drive miles over top.

78 mins - Swinglehurst to Robson to Berrett 25 yards out, Berrett powerful right-footed drive low into right-hand corner of Hansen's net, another top strike, 1-3.

81 mins - David Syers and Mark Stewart are replaced for the Bantams by Jack Compton and former Carlisle winger Nahki Wells respectively.

81 mins - Swinglehurst leaves the pitch for treatment on a cut next to his right eye.

83 mins - Swinglehurst's cut requires stitches so he is replaced by Blues assistant boss Graham Kavanagh at left centre-half.

85 mins - Rodney to Wells, 15-yard strike by Wells blocked by Michalik. Compton onto loose ball eight yards out, Compton half-volley well saved by Collin, Simek clears away from danger.

86 mins - Scott Brown comes on in place of Michael Flynn for Bradford City.

88 mins - Berrett corner in, Kavanagh heads across goal but wide of far-post from ten yards out.

90 mins - Skilful run forward by Rodney, tries 15-yard right-footed curler across goal, good save high up by Collin at far-post.



Bradford City line-up :

Martin Hansen, Andrew Burns, Guy Branston (c), Michael Flynn (Scott Brown 86), Robbie Threlfall, David Syers (Nahki Wells 81), Lee Bullock, Chris Mitchell, Mark Stewart (Jack Compton 81), James Hanson, Ross Hannah (Nialle Rodney 69).

Unused substitutes :

Jon McLaughlin (GK), Jamie Green, Luke O'Brien, Luke Oliver and Dominic Rowe.

Goal - Mark Stewart 2.


United line-up :

Adam Collin, Frank Simek, Danny Livesey (Lubomir Michalik 46), Stephen O'Halloran (Peter Murphy 46, then Steven Swinglehurst 69, then Graham Kavanagh 83), Matty Robson, Paul Thirlwell (c), Tom Taiwo (Liam Noble 56), James Berrett, Jon-Paul McGovern, Francois Zoko, Andy Welsh (Rory Loy 46).

Unused substitute :

Mark Gillespie (GK).

Goals - Tom Taiwo 45, James Berrett 54 and 78.

Referee - Andy Haines (Sunderland).

Attendance - 1,107 (127 away).


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