Bradford City 0 Colchester United 0 - player ratings

Colchester United were the visitors as Bradford City played league football for the first time in six months.

CONFIDENT: But Kurtis Guthire, like Bradford City as a whole, could not find the finish

The Us reached last season's Leagyue Two play-off semi-finals but Bradford were comfortably the better team at Valley Parade.

Stuart McCall's team moved the ball around well but were unable to break the stalemate in a 0-0 draw.

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Here, chief football writer Stuart Rayner assesses how the Bantams players performed.

Richard O'Donnell – not over-worked, but an important first-half save from Kwarme Poku 7

Anthony O'Connor – did a good Chris Basham impression getting forward from the back three in the first half, but Courtney Senior's pace caused him problems late on 7

Paudie O'Connor – not overly troubled with numbers always on his side 6

Reece Staunton – like Anthony O'Connor, he got forward well and Clayton Donaldson ought to have won it with his 88th-minute delivery 7

Elliot Watt – steady holding the midfield 6

Dylan Mottley-Henry – right wing-back was at the heart of much that was good about the Bantams in the first half 7

Billy Clarke – linked well with the players on Bradford's right-hand side 7

Callum Cooke – had plenty of time to think about a volley, but hit it wide 6

Connor Wood – got into good positions but his crosses did not find their target often enough 6

Kurtis Guthrie – played with confidence but could not find the finish 6

Lee Novak – denied early on by Gerken and Eastman 6.

Substitutes:

Ismail (for Mottley-Henry, 72) – topped up the energy levels 5

Donaldson (for Guthrie, 72) – lifted his side but missed a glorious late headed chance under pressure from Dean Gerken 6

Pritchard (for Cooke, 77) – Gerken saved his well-struck shot 6.

Not used: Longridge, Richards-Everton, Hornby, French.

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