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Leeds United 3 Bradford City 2

Report of match 9th August 2011
Reporter Richard Sutcliffe

In a week when revolting (in every sense of the word) natives have left the country burning, perhaps it was inevitable that the simmering resentment among Leeds United fans should last night boil to the surface.

Simon Grayson's side may have eventually earned a place in the Carling Cup second round courtesy of a rousing fightback that saw two goals by Ramon Nunez and a header from Ross McCormack eventually account for neighbours Bradford City.

But that did little to ease the unrest among supporters, many of whom could be heard chanting 'Bates out' and 'where's all our money gone?' even as they disappeared into the Leeds night.

Tellingly, the home fans had not turned on their manager once during a thrilling 90 minutes despite United going so close to being humbled with chants of 'there's only one Simon Grayson' indicating where they feel the blame lies for the summer travails.

The £7m spent on adding executive facilities to the East Stand is the main bone of contention among the Elland Road faithful, chiefly because just a fraction of that amount has been spent in the transfer market.

Whether Leeds invest further before the deadline at the end of the month remains to be seen but, on the evidence of how League Two Bradford came close to pulling off a major shock, it is to be hoped the club's recruitment is far from over.

As for City, they emerged with tremendous credit from a pulsating first-round tie.

It had been evident from the very first exchanges that manager Peter Jackson had sent his side out to try and get at their hosts.

In possession, Bradford spread the ball with adventurous intent at every opportunity, while without it they snapped and snarled at United's heels.

Such an adventurous approach paid dividends on the half-hour with a goal of stunning simplicity as Mark Stewart raced to the by-line and pulled a cross back for Jack Compton to convert from close range.

City had come very close to scoring in identical fashion 12 minutes earlier, when Michael Flynn's drilled cross from the left just evading David Syers, so Leeds could not say they hadn't been warned.

In fact, United's backline looked decidedly shaky throughout the first half with Stewart wasting two excellent chances before Compton had struck the breakthrough and James Hanson heading wide when he really should have hit the target.

Going forward, Leeds did fare marginally better in those opening 45 minutes with Adam Clayton, in particular, posing a major threat.

It was a cross from the former Manchester City midfielder that created United's best first-half opening only for Nunez to volley wildly over despite being unmarked deep inside the penalty area.

Nunez also fired into the side-netting just before Compton's opener but, otherwise, Leeds deserved the booing that met the half-time whistle.

Leeds badly needed a lift and it came within 26 seconds of the restart when Nunez made amends for his earlier miss by smashing in the equaliser following neat work by Clayton and Lloyd Sam.

On league standing, that should have been the prelude to a United onslaught as the Championship club reasserted their authority.

Instead, it was the plucky Bantams who regained the lead on 57 minutes when Michael Flynn unleashed a stunning half-volley past Andy Lonergan after being picked out by Robbie Threlfall.

Cue more unrest on the terraces as the home fans vented their fury once again only for Grayson's side to draw level for a second time with 20 minutes remaining.

Debutant Tom Lees, who last season helped Bury to promotion from League Two when on loan, was the creator with a deep cross from the right flank that McCormack powered past Oscar Jansson.

Once level, the home side visibly relaxed and started to play with much more confidence.

And it was from one such neat move that the winner came in the 75th minute.

Nunez, once again, was heavily involved with a neat turn before he switched play to Sam on the right flank.

The Leeds-born wideman then controlled before drilling a low cross that Bantams captain Guy Branston inadvertently diverted over goalkeeper Jansson with the deftest of touches that allowed Nunez to gleefully smash into an empty net.

City's brave resistance was now broken and it took a stunning block by Branston and a flying save from Jansson to keep out two fierce late drives from McCormack as the hosts finished strongly.

Losing after such a Herculean effort was, it must be said, rough on City and their 4,107-strong travelling army of fans gave Jackson's players a deserved standing ovation at the final whistle.

The hope for the proud visiting hordes as they headed home must be that Bradford can use such an encouraging derby display to kick-start a promotion challenge and end the club's decade-long decline.

Leeds United: Lonergan; Connolly (Lees 62), Kisnorbo, O'Brien (Bromby 62), Parker; Brown, Clayton; Sam, Howson, Nunez; McCormack (Taylor 90). Substitutes (not used): Rachubka, Bruce, Thompson.

Bradford City: Jansson; Moore, Branston, Williams, Threlfall; Compton, Mitchell (Hannah 84), Flynn, Syers (Jones 63), Stewart (Rodney 78); Hanson. Substitutes (not used): McLaughlin, O'Brien, Oliver, Wells.

Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear).

Carling League Cup Kick Off: 19:45 Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 17,667
Click for Leeds United squad list Leeds Utd.
Nunez 46, 75
McCormack 70
3 - 2 Bradford City
Compton 30
Flynn 57
Click for Bradford City squad list
Match Finished
Time   Comments
- mc-whistle Match ends, Leeds United 3, Bradford City 2.
90+5 mc-whistle Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Bradford City 2.
90+5   Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
90+4   Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
90+2   Substitution, Leeds United. Charlie Taylor replaces Ross McCormack.
88   Corner, Leeds United.
87   Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
87   Corner, Leeds United.
86   Attempt saved. Adam Clayton (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
84   Substitution, Bradford City. Ross Hannah replaces Chris Mitchell.
84   Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
82   Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
80   Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
78   Substitution, Bradford City. Nialle Rodney replaces Mark Stewart.
75 mc-goal Goal! Leeds United 3, Bradford City 2. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd Sam with a cross.
73   Corner, Bradford City.
72   Foul by Guy Branston (Bradford City).
72   Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
71   Corner, Bradford City.
70 mc-goal Goal! Leeds United 2, Bradford City 2. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a cross.
70   Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
67   Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).
67   Leigh Bromby (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
64   Hand ball by Jonathan Howson (Leeds United).
62   Substitution, Bradford City. Ritchie Jones replaces Dave Syers.
62   Substitution, Leeds United. Tom Lees replaces Paul Connolly.
62   Substitution, Leeds United. Leigh Bromby replaces Andy O'Brien.
61   Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
59   Corner, Bradford City.
57 mc-goal Goal! Leeds United 1, Bradford City 2. Michael Flynn (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robbie Threlfall.
56   Attempt missed. Jonathan Howson (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Connolly with a cross.
55   Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.
53   Attempt missed. Dave Syers (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
52   Attempt missed. Jonathan Howson (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
51   Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
51   Offside, Leeds United. Ross McCormack is caught offside.
50   Foul by Andy O'Brien (Leeds United).
50   James Hanson (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
46 mc-goal Goal! Leeds United 1, Bradford City 1. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.
-   Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Bradford City 1.
45+3 mc-whistle First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Bradford City 1.
45+2   Attempt missed. Dave Syers (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.
45+2 mc-yellow Adam Clayton (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
45+1   Foul by Adam Clayton (Leeds United).
45+1   Jack Compton (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
45   Foul by Jonathan Howson (Leeds United).
45   Michael Flynn (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
44   Attempt missed. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
40   Hand ball by Lloyd Sam (Leeds United).
39   Corner, Leeds United.
39   Corner, Leeds United.
33   Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Compton with a cross.
30 mc-goal Goal! Leeds United 0, Bradford City 1. Jack Compton (Bradford City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Stewart with a cross.
29   Attempt blocked. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
28   Foul by Chris Mitchell (Bradford City).
28   Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
28   Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).
28   Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
26   Attempt missed. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.
24   Foul by Jonathan Howson (Leeds United).
24   Chris Mitchell (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
23   Attempt missed. Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a cross.
21 mc-yellow Guy Branston (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
21   Foul by Guy Branston (Bradford City).
21   Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
20   Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Lloyd Sam with a cross.
18   Foul by Adam Clayton (Leeds United).
18   Dave Syers (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
12 mc-yellow Dave Syers (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
11   Foul by Dave Syers (Bradford City).
11   Ben Parker (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
10   Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
9   Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).
9   Guy Branston (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
7   Attempt saved. Mark Stewart (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
6   Attempt missed. Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ramon Nunez.
6   Corner, Leeds United.
5   Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
4   Foul by Paul Connolly (Leeds United).
4   Mark Stewart (Bradford City) wins a free kick.
4   Corner, Leeds United.
3   Foul by Dave Syers (Bradford City).
3   Ramon Nunez (Leeds United) wins a free kick.
2   Offside, Leeds United. Ross McCormack is caught offside.
-   First Half begins.
-   Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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