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Match Report | Bradford City 0-0 Colchester United

U's pick up a battling point at Valley Parade

8 December 2021

Colchester United picked up a valuable point on the road at Bradford City on Wednesday evening with a goalless draw at Valley Parade.

The U's had to weather the storm of the Bantams in the opening exchanges of the game, with Jake Turner called into action three times in the opening twenty minutes of the game. 

But there were three guilt-edge chances for the U's in the second half falling to Judge, Skuse and Sears, but the visitors were unable to make them count, taking a good point on the road. 

Hayden Mullins named a side with one change to the starting eleven that took to the field against Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon. 

Charlie Daniels came in for Cameron Coxe, who was named on the bench along with Frankie Terry who was recently recalled from his loan spell with Maldon and Tiptree. 

The U's had to endure an early onslaught from the home side, with Turner's penalty area peppered with shots and crosses in the opening twenty minutes of the game. The U's 'keeper was called into action a number of times, with his defence helping to frustrate the Bantams. 

Jake Turner was tested first by Lee Angol after, with the Bradford striker shooting across Turner's goal towards the far post. The ball almost fell to Theo Robinson, but some good shielding from Junior Tchamadeu helped ease pressure in the opening exchanges. 

Theo Robinson nearly found the opener ten minutes later after a weaving run on the right flank from Alex Gilliead. The Bantams' winger got the better of Tommy Smith, delivering the ball into the feet of the former U's loanee who saw his goal-bound effort well blocked by the legs of Chambers. 

The third and final shot on target came in the seventeenth minute for the home side, when Robinson was once again the man shooting. A long ball over the top was controlled by the forward, with his effort at a comfotable height for Turner to push away from danger. 

But after that effort, the U's were able to quieten the home crowd with some good spells of possession and start to drive in the opposition half as the first forty-five continued. The only other action of the half was Hayden Mullins' first substitution of the game, with Syl Jasper replaced by Brendan Wiredu five minutes before the break. 

The U's carved out their best chance of the game just two minutes after the break with Brendan Wiredu driving towards the Bantams' defence. The substitute played a neat ball through to Judge who was unable to beat the onrushing Hornby, with Dobra firing over the rebound. 

Once again, it was the home side who were doing much of the attacking football, without any real cutting edge in front of Jake Turner's goal. 

No real further efforts on goal came until the dying moments of the game, when Cole Skuse fired just wide of Hornby's goal. The ball fell kindly to the cente midfielder on the edge of the box, but he curled his effort just wide of the top corner, letting off the host's poor marking. 

The final chance of the game came when Freddie Sears was played in by a lofted ball. The home 'keeper, Sam Hornby committed himself to making the ball, and appeared to handle the ball outside the penalty area, but the referee waved play on. 

Nevertheless, it was a valuable point for the U's to take at a difficult place to go, with a noisy home crowd. Hayden Mullins' side are now unbeaten in three, with two wins and a draw, sitting in eighteenth position with twenty-two points. 

Next up for Colchester United, is a trip to fourteenth-placed Walsall who picked up a point in a 1-1 draw against Crawley Town on Tuesday night. 

Bradford City starting XI: Hornby, Threlkeld, Ridehalgh, O'Connor, Canavan, Songo'o (Evans 77'), Gilliead (Lavery 83'), Watt, Angol, Robinson (Cooke 63'), Sutton. 

Unused subs: O'Donnell, Foulds, Kelleher, Cousin-Dawson. 

Colchester United starting XI: Turner, Chambers, Smith, Skuse, Judge (Hannant 79'), Sears, Chilvers, Jasper (Wiredu 41'), Dobra (Coxe 79'), Tchamadeu, Daniels. 

Unused subs: Gerken, McCoulsky, Tovide, Terry. 

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