Bradford City progressed to the second round of the FA Cup after a tight West Yorkshire derby against FC Halifax Town. The game at The Shay, which had a packed out attendance of over 8000, saw Halifax take a shock lead after just 3 minutes, when the Bantams failed to clear a corner. It remained one-nil to the hosts until half-time, when Bradford boss Phil Parkinson brought on Billy Clarke. It was to be an inspired change. Clarke had a hand in both City goals, providing a great ball through for Jon Stead’s equaliser, before doing all the hard work to eventually set up Filipe Morais, as Bradford scored twice in quick succession to turn the game on its head. It was a hard-fought win, and Bradford await their fate in the draw this evening.
Leeds United won for the first time under the permanent leadership of Neil Redfearn, as they beat struggling Blackpool 3-1 at Elland Road. Liam Cooper gave the home side the lead with a good volley after nine minutes, with a good team build-up leading to Soulemayne Doukara’s finish for the second, on the half-hour mark. Mirco Antenucci grabbed a third just before half-time to all but seal the game for Leeds. Nile Ranger’s consolation goal for Blackpool had little impact on the game, and Redfearn will be happy with his side’s performance.
Huddersfield Town lost 3-1 at an improving Fulham side. Hugo Rodallega gave Fulham the lead in the 19th minute, but it remained tight until Joel Lynch’s goal on 75 minutes, to level the game up. However, just two minutes later, Fulham retook the lead, when Lasse Vigen Christensen broke free and scored. Former Leeds striker Ross McCormack sealed the win for Fulham just before full time, to leave Huddersfield 16th, and just four points above the relegation spots, after a poor start to the season.