None of the three West Yorkshire sides won this weekend, but Bradford City did manage to draw at home to Gillingham, whilst Leeds United lost away at Burnley, and Huddersfield lost at home to Blackburn.
Starting at Valley Parade, and Bradford City drew 1-1 at home to Gillingham, in a performance that showed a lot of potential for the Bantams. Bradford controlled the first half, playing some delightful football, and it was through this dominance and well-worked play that they took the lead. Adam Drury’s low cross was powered home by Aaron McLean, to score for his first goal in a Bradford shirt. City let their lead slip after half-time, however, as Gillingham came back into the game. The introduction of Adebayo Akinfenwa was a big one for the visitors, and his physical presence changed the game, leading to the equaliser. Akinfenwa’s ball through sent in Cody McDonald, who slotted the ball past Jon McLaughlin. A point for City leaves them 12th in the League One table.
Leeds United continued their poor form with a 2-1 defeat at Burnley, who were missing the prolific Danny Ings. Ross McCormack squandered a glorious opportunity to put the visitors in front, when he hit the post when clean through on goal, but he made up for his error on 27 minutes, scoring with a powerful header. The home side equalised eleven minutes later, however, when Jason Pearce deflected Kieran Tripper’s cross into his own net. Burnley took control of the second half, and scored on 67 minutes, when Ben Mee crossed for Scott Arfield, who finished at the second attempt. This was Leeds’ third defeat in a row, and they now have lost 9 of their last 14 games, leaving them 15th in the Championship.
Huddersfield’s inconsistent form continued with a 4-2 loss at home to Blackburn, with ex-Terrier Jordan Rhodes scoring a hat-trick. It was Rhodes who opened the scoring after 4 minutes, after latching onto Rudy Gestede’s flick-on. Huddersfield equalised on 25 minutes through Adam Hammill, and the game stayed level until half-time. It was Rhodes who scored again on 55 minutes ,to give the visitors the lead, when he headed past Alex Smithies. Craig Conway doubled Blackburn’s lead ten minutes later, when his shot was fumbled by Smithies, but Nahki Wells did grab one back on 71 minutes. The Bermudan, who has struggled somewhat since his move from Bradford, scored his first goal in nine games with a low, drilled shot. However, Rhodes put the game beyond doubt in the 81st minute, with a fine finish, after being through on goal. Defeat for Huddersfield sees them sit 16th in the Championship.