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WALSALL VS. BRADFORD: RECENT MEETINGS

26 November 2015

Each of last season's meetings ended in draws...

2014/15 Season

21st February 2015 – Bradford 1-1 Walsall – League One
A second-half header from Manchester City loanee Jordi Hiwula earned Walsall a point at top-six hopefuls Bradford. After a goalless opening period, the Bantams took a 51st-minute lead when Billy Clarke drilled into the bottom corner from 25 yards. But the Saddlers equalised 16 minutes from time, Jordan Cook crossing for Hiwula to head home from close range.
Saddlers team: O’Donnell, Purkis, Taylor (Henry 71’), O’Connor, Downing, A Chambers, Sawyers (Grimes 71’), Cain, Forde, Cook (Baxendale 89’), Hiwula-Mayifuila.
Subs not used: MacGillivray, J Chambers, Flanagan, Murphy.


16th August 2014 – Walsall 0-0 Bradford – League One
Chances were in short supply in this scoreless early-season encounter. Walsall, who were held to a 1-1 opening-day draw at Port Vale the previous week, threatened through Adam Chambers’ long-range drive and Ashley Grimes’ volley. James Hanson went closest for Phil Parkinson’s Bradford with a weak header.
Saddlers team: O’Donnell, Taylor, Downing, Benning (Forde 75’), J Chambers (Holden 70’), Clifford, A Chambers, Sawyers, Kinsella, Grimes, Bradshaw.
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Baxendale, Flanagan, Morris, Bakayoko.



2013/14 Season

25th March 2014 – Bradford 0-2 Walsall – League One
Craig Westcarr’s second-half double secured the Saddlers’ first victory in 11 matches. The striker, who had not scored in exactly two months, poked home Andy Taylor’s left-wing cross to put Walsall ahead on 68 minutes. And Westcarr then sealed the points 12 minutes from time with a 20-yard strike into the top corner – his 14th goal of the season.
Saddlers team:O’Donnell, Taylor, Butler, Downing, J Chambers, A Chambers, Mantom, Lalkovic (Baxendale 45’), Sawyers, Westcarr, Brandy (McQuilkin 76’).
Subs not used: Roberts, Purkiss, Featherstone, Hewitt, Ngoo.


5th October 2013 – Walsall 0-2 Bradford – League One
Kyel Reid scored a goal of the season contender as in-form Bradford climbed up to fourth with victory at the Banks’s. Walsall, unbeaten in five heading into the match, fell behind to Reid’s spectacular 30-yard drive on the stroke of half-time. And the Bantams doubled their advantage shortly after the interval, James Hanson beating the offside trap before finishing expertly past Richard O’Donnell.
Saddlers team: O’Donnell, Taylor, Butler, Downing, J Chambers, Featherstone (Baxendale 61’), A Chambers, Mantom, Lalkovic (Sawyers 61’), Westcarr, Hewitt (Hemmings 61’).
Subs not used: Lewis, Purkiss, Benning, McQuilkin.



2005/06 Season

25th March 2006 – Walsall 2-2 Bradford – League One
Walsall’s survival hopes suffered a blow as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw. Goals from Kevin James and Chris Westwood put the Saddlers in command after 37 minutes, but Mark Bower gave Bradford hope just before the break. And David Wetherall equalised four minutes after the resumption to salvage a draw for Colin Todd’s mid-table side.
Saddlers team:Gilmartin, Westwood, Gerrard (Constable 81’), Fox, Roper, Wright, Leary, Devlin, Keates, James (Pead 66’), Timm (Fitzgerald 87’).
Subs not used: Kinsella, Barrowman.


28th December 2005 – Bradford 2-0 Walsall – League One
Two goals in six first-half minutes from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Bobba Petta earned City victory at Valley Parade. Bridge-Wilkinson’s curling free-kick put the hosts in front on 29 minutes, and veteran winger Petta fired home their second goal shortly after. Walsall’s best effort came from Michael Standing, a former Bradford player, who saw a shot cleared off the line in the second-half.
Saddlers team: Murphy, Westwood, Gerrard, Pead, Roper, Taylor (Nicholls 58’), Kinsella, Demontagnac, Osborn, Standing (Constable 70’), Leitao.
Subs not used: Gilmartin, Staunton, Taylor.

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