Bradford Rue Missed Chances Against Newport

Bradford are still looking for their first home victory under Mark Hughes, but they did pick up their first home point after their game against Newport ended goalless. The Bantams impressed throughout the 90 minutes, but lacked the clinical edge to seal all three points.

Despite City dominating the early parts of the game, it was Newport who created the first opportunity of the afternoon.

Cameron Norman received the ball on the right flank with plenty of space ahead of him. Norman played a cross into City’s area, which Dom Telford connected with, but his effort failed to hit the target.

Newport were growing into the game, and soon after created another goal scoring opportunity.

Norman was at the heart of Newport’s attack once again, with his long throw causing City some issues defensively. City were only able to clear as far as Robbie Willmott. The Newport midfielder hit the ball on the half volley, which Alex Bass was able to claim at the second attempt.

Just as the visitors were getting into the game, City looked to hit on the counter.

Andy Cook flicked on a huge Paudie O’Connor clearance into the path of Jamie Walker. With no other City players up with him, Walker continued to run towards Newport’s penalty area. Walker eventually struck the ball towards goal, but his effort was tame, and saved by Joe Day.

Straight after the half time interval, the visitors created their best opportunity of the afternoon.

James Waite found himself in space well inside City’s area. His cross flashed across the face of goal, with no Newport attackers able to find a finishing touch. Although, Norman was at lingering at the back post, and fired an effort towards goal. However, Bass recovered excellently to keep the visitors at bay.

City once again looked to punish Newport on the counter; this time Callum Cooke tested Joe Day.

After a couple of flick ons from another O’Connor long ball, Callum Cooke half-volleyed the ball from a tight angle. For a moment Day looked beaten, but he saved well down to his right-hand side.

The Bantams were now growing back into the game themselves, and almost took the lead in fortunate circumstances.

Gareth Evans was picked out in the right wing position, before he attempted to play a cross into the area. Evans mis- hit his cross, inadvertently nearly catching Joe Day out, but the Exiles ‘keeper was able to tip the cross onto the bar.

Just before the hour mark, City created a great chance to open the scoring.

Paudie O’Connor once against set City off on the counter, this time picking out an unmarked Jamie Walker. The Hearts loanee ran through on goal, but rushed his effort, allowing Day to once again save well down to his right-hand side.

Mark Hughes brought on Dion Pereira to try give his side a cutting edge. This substitution almost proved to be a stroke of genius.

Pereira found himself on the ball in the left wing position. The Luton loanee twisted and turned, leaving his defender on the turf as he glided towards the byline. Pereira pulled the ball back, but Andy Cook couldn’t hit the target.

Despite Pereira’s fresh energy, City failed to create any more real opportunities before the final whistle, and the game finished goalless.

The full-time whistle was met with a pleasant ovation of applause for the City players, something which hasn’t been seen for a 0-0 draw in a long time. It was another good performance under Mark Hughes, and it appears that both the fans and players alike a really buying into what he is trying to achieve at City.

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