Date: 11th August 2014 at 1:58pm
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A thrilling five goal encounter and a Hanson brace at valley parade ensured all three points against Coventry for the bantams for the first time on the opening day of the season since 2008.

The Sky Blues were first to get a sniff on goal with wing back Jordan Clarke putting the ball above the goal just 75 seconds in. City’s midfield also played tremendously well and built up some good play before new boy Billy Clarke put it wide past Ryan Allsopp in the Coventry goal. James Hanson then put Bradford ahead on the 27th minute with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner Assisted by Billy Clarke.

On loan Josh McQuoid tried to reply for his team fast with a good effort outside the box but City’s new boy between the sticks Jordan Pickford had it covered parrying it out for a corner, However the resulting corner was whipped in from ex-Leeds lad Danny Pugh and Blues Captain Reda Johnson headed home from close range on his Coventry debut to pull the game level just before half time.

Just a couple of minutes into the second half a Bradford corner resulted in a penalty kick as Cov’s goal scorer Johnson pulled Citys James Hanson away from the ball and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. New signing Alan Sheehan tapped it home after a discussion with recent signing Billy Knott over who would take the kick and put City 2-1 up.

Coventry turned on attacking mode in the 60th minute and Danny Swanson’s effort nearly drew it level for Coventry however just going past Pickford in the Bradford goal with 1,500 Blues fans behind him. Substitute John Fleck came close for the Sky Blues again but his effort going wide. Mark Yeates nearly confirmed all three point for the Bantams but his shot going just over the bar. John Flecks long range effort resulted in a corner for the blues in the 89th minute in front of their supporters and very much like the last corner whipped in by Pugh and headed home by Reda Johnson and the away end explodes with noise as all the supporters on the bottom row hugged their captain with delight after they thought they were going home with a point.

Seconds later from Bradford’s kick off Kennedy outpaced Aaron Willis and crossed it in where he found James Hanson who headed past Allsopp for the second time in the afternoon and City had won 3-2 after some very late drama.

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