Date: 5th November 2017 at 8:41pm
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Cup draws are a funny thing, I never know if it is a good thing getting a so called poor team from a lower division because of the expectations that come with the tie and the potential of a banana skin, or to get a tough tie which just gives us a game to enjoy whatever the result.

Chesterfield I always had as a potential shock especially with our manager’s form in the competition over the years and how frail our defence is at leaking that we would be better signing a plumber not another footballer come January. Looking at some of the other results in the first round proper, I am just relieved more than anything that McCall has guided us through a potentially tricky tie to get us into the hat come Monday.

Alex and Alex
It only took 4 minutes for Alex Gillead to slot in his first career FA Cup and Bradford City goal, his 3rd professional goal in his young career, just the start we needed and after coming through a tough month of results, we really needed to start November off with a positive. It wasn’t all going to be City’s way, and a bit of fortune and good refereeing denied 2 goals for Chesterfield for being offside. The game would have been totally different if it went to 1-1. Barely a minute after Chesterfield had a goal denied, Alex Jones scored just before half time to give City a little bit of breathing space and put the game firmly in control of the Bantams, but knowing City, it was ours to lose. Chesterfield leading scorer Kristian Dennis had a goal ruled out as did Charlie Wyke, so a game with 3 disallowed goals, a clean sheet and a win, I will happily take to the next draw…..

So when is the draw?
Monday 6th November 7pm on both BT Sports 1 and BBC 2.
Bradford City is ball number 2.
Round 2 will be played the weekend of 2nd/3rd December.

Result
Half Time 2-0
Alex Gillead (4), Alex Jones (44)
Full Time 2-0

Card watch
No City players booked.

Ref watch
Anthony Blackhouse has had a very very eventful season thus far, in 16 games he has dished out 49 yellows and 7 red cards, not the type of referee we want officiating one of our games. He booked 3 City players in our home game against Doncaster Rovers in the League, but to be fair to Blackhouse, he only booked 1 player on Saturday, Connor Dimaio of Chesterfield. A quiet game for bookings, but a few goals disallowed for both teams.

Attendance
4747

Line ups
Bradford City
Colin Doyle, Luke Hendrie, Matthew Kilgallon, Adam Thompson, Nat Knight-Percival, Alex Gillead (87, Tyrell Robinson), Romain Vincelot, Timothee Dieng (78, Daniel Devine), Paul Taylor, Charlie Wyke, Alex Jones (71, Nicky Law)

Chesterfield
Joe Anyon, Brad Barry, Ian Evatt, Sam Hird, Scott Wiseman, Andy Kellett, Jak McCourt, Louis Reed (71, Chris O’Grady), Connor Dimaio (78, Jordan Sinnott), Joe Rowley (84, Reece Mitchell), Kristian Dennis


2017/18 City Scorers
7 – Charlie Wyke
5 – Alex Jones
4 – Dominic Poleon, Romain Vincelot
3 – Patrick Omari
2 – Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Paul Taylor, Matt Kilgallon
1 – Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Alex Gillead

Upcoming fixtures
Rotherham United (H) Tues 7th Nov
Plymouth Argyle (A) Sat 11th Nov
Wigan Athletic (A) Sat 18th Nov
Scunthorpe United (H) Tues 21st Nov
Shrewsbury Town (A) Sat 25th Nov

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