Bradford City 0 Port Vale 0 - Bantams extend unbeaten run to five games

Bradford City’s joint interim managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars extended their unbeaten run to five matches since taking over from Stuart McCall but were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Port Vale on a frosty Valley Parade.

Bradford City's Lee Novak. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Bradford, who had won their previous three matches dominated the first half without being able to apply the finishing touch to some promising attacking moves.

The nearest they came to scoring was in the 22nd when acting captain Lee Novak laid the ball into the path of Callum Cooke, whose fierce rising shot was turned away for a corner by keeper Scott Brown.

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Bradford enjoyed a spell of strong pressure at the start of the second half, but the visitors’ defence stood firm although Finn Cousin-Dawson was unfortunate to see his goal bound shot deflected for a corner.

Vale’s best effort came in the 57th minute when David Amoo cut in from the right before testing Bradford’s reserve keeper, Sam Hornby. Hornby, deputising for the injured skipper Richard O’Donnell against his former club managed to hold Amoo’s left foot shot on the line.

Bradford made a late bid for winner and Brown was forced to dive full length to save a low shot from Cooke in the 81st minute but could not find a way through a resolute visitors’ defence.

Bradford City: Hornby, Cousin-Dawson, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, C Wood, Sutton, Watt, Clarke, Cooke, Pritchard (Evans 70), Novak. Unused substitutes: Longridge, Donaldson, Samuels, French, Sikora, Scales.

Port Vale: Brown, Smith, Legge, Brisley, Fitzpatrick, Burgess, Joyce, Whitehead, Amoo, Rodney, Hurst (Pope 74). Unused substitutes: Crookes, Mills, Bailey, Visser, Chambers, Lennon.

Referee: P Wright (Merseyside).

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