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19:01 23rd March 2010

Bradford City 0-0 Notts County

Notts County edged another point closer towards promotion in a determined display at the Coral Windows Stadium. Both Notts and Bradford had chances to win the game but neither managed to break the deadlock. The goalless draw sees County stretch their unbeaten run on the roadto nine games and they will look to extend that further on Saturday in a promotion six-pointer against Rotherham United. Tidy football didn't seem likely with puddles covering much of the playing surface. The conditions were similar to the night that Notts faced the Bantams in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy earlier in the season, and a similar result would have been welcomed ahead of kick-off as the side looked to consolidate their spot in the top three. Luke Rodgers' sending off at the weekend was cancelled out following a successful appeal and he almost got his side off to a perfect start. Racing onto a John Thompson long ball, he attempted to flick over Matthew Glennon but his effort was blocked by the outrushing goalkeeper. It was a good start by the visiting Magpies, though Bradford were presenting an attacking threat of their own. A neat series of exchanges between their front pairing saw James Hanson provide Gareth Evans with an enticing looking centre that Mike Edwards managed to nod clear before the striker could connect. Much closer was Rodgers' header a minute later after Ben Davies probed his marker and drifted an accurate centre from the right. Retreating slightly, Rodgers directed towards the bottom corner but the ball skidded wide of the post, the wrong-footed Glennon glued to his goal line. Kasper Schmeichel was the first stopper to be tested in an evenly matched encounter under the floodlights. The Notts defence failed to clear a high ball, allowing the towering Luke Oliver to nod into the path of an unmarked Evans, but Schmeichel was equal to his near post strike, palming behind for a corner. Davies provided the final scare of the half with an opportunistic strike from the left flank. Connecting with a loose ball, the midfielder swung towards the far post but was not able to administer enough swerve to hit the target. Direct dribbling by Rodgers helped to carve out the opening chance of the second period. His work enabled Neal Bishop to find Ctaig Westcarr, who then bent towards the far corner, only for his goal-bound effort to be bravely headed away. The Magpies' defence were having to soak up the pressure for the first 20 minutes and were lucky not to be punished on more than one occasion. Hanson volleyed over from a corner and Michael Flynn forced Schmeichel to fist away following a surging run down the centre. But Notts were still getting forward at every opportunity and Rodgers, operating the left channel, set up Davies for the best chance of the half. Cutting back from the touchline, Delroy Facey dummied and Davies fired agonisingly into the stands from eight yards. Schmeichel was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers, though, and he was called into action once more by the eager Evans. Out of the blue, the forward struck venomously, requiring Schmeichel to push away at full stretch as he skidded across the greasy surface. Rodgers then called Glennon into action with a stinging punt that resulted in the first of numerous corners. Notts were growing in stature, pushing Bradford back into their own half for sustained periods during their search for what would surely be the decisive goal. If there was going to be a decider it was going to be a late one, because the yellow glow of the scoreboard indicated less than 10 minutes of regulation time remained. It seemed as though it could go either way in an entertaining end-to-end affair. However, the home side were creating the better of the late openings. Another Hanson shot had to be smothered by Schmeichel and then the front-man scooped over from close range as the match moved into stoppage time. Nobody managed to find the net by the final whistle and it could be classed as a fair result after a determined showing from both teams. Notts stay in second place on goal difference, ahead of Rotherham who picked up another three points with a 3-1 triumph over Macclesfield Town. Attendance: 11, 360 (518 Notts County supporters) Man of the Match: Kasper Schmeichel Notts County: Kasper Schmeichel, John Thompson, Mike Edwards, Graeme Lee, Stephen Hunt, Ben Davies, Neal Bishop, Ricky Ravenhill, Craig Westcarr, Karl Hawley (Facey 59), Luke Rodgers (Akinbiyi 85). Substitutes: Russell Hoult, Matt Hamshaw, Ade Akinbiyi, Ben Fairclough, Sean Canham, Delroy Facey, Jamie Clapham. Scorer(s): None Yellow Card(s): None Bradford City: Matthew Glennon, Luke O'Brien, Michael Flynn, Zesh Rehman (Bateson74), Omar Daley (Kendall 74), Gareth Evans, Steve Williams, James Hanson, Robbie Threlfall, Luke Oliver, Adam Bolder. Substitutes: Jon McLaughlin, Ryan Kendall, Jonathan Bateson, Leon Osborne, Louis Horne, Steven O'Leary, Mark McCammon. Scorer(s): None Yellow Card(s): Bolder 36, Daley 44, Oliver 87 Report by Dane Vincent
    Data provided by Press Association


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