Bradford City have ended a run of six straight defeats by battling to a 2-2 draw with Bury at the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade.
Timothee Dieng opened the scoring for the hosts early in the second half but Nathan Cameron soon levelled matters for Bury. In ill-tempered clash saw Bradford City’s Matt Kilgallon sent off for a second booking before The Bantams looked to have won it when Shay McCartan tapped in. Bury were to have the final say and Miller notched a late leveller as the two sides ended level.
The first half saw the visitors start as the dominant force and Danny Mayor, George Miller and Harry Bunn all registered early efforts on goal, although, none were able to test home keeper Colin Doyle.
Bradford City gradually eased their way into the half but were finding clear-cut goalscoring opportunities hard to come by on a bobbly pitch. The Bantams’ best chance of the half fell to striker Dominic Poleon just before the break but the player was denied by a superb one-on-one block from Bury keeper Connor Ripley.
A late push into the Bradford City box from Bury did cause some worry for the home side but The Bantams defence cleared their lines as the half ended goalless.
The home side started the second period much brighter and centre-back Kilgallon fired a early warning to Bury as he headed at Ripley from a corner kick. The Shakers were not prepared to sit back themselves and Zeli Ismail tested Doyle with an effort from range.
Bradford City went close to breaking the deadlock nine minutes into the half when Tony McMahon’s free-kick evaded everyone but cannoned off the crossbar.
The Bantams took the lead from their next real purposeful attack. Some naive defending from Bury handed the ball back to the home side and Dieng directed the ball into the net from Alex Gilliead’s initial shot.
Bury were behind a matter of minutes and when former Bantam James Hanson’s dangerous header caused panic in the box, Cameron was on hand to bundle the ball into the net.
The Shakers had The Bantams rocking and Miller forced a save from Doyle before Mayor’s dangerous effort bounced wide of the far post. McMahon then saw an effort saved by Ripley before Bunn and Miller both fired over at the other end as both sides used attack as the best form of defence.
Doyle prevented Miller from scoring following a teasing run before Kilgallon was sent off for a second bookable offence with 12 minutes left to play. The Bradford City keeper then had to be on top form to tip a Hanson header to safety as Bury searched for a winning goal.
The match looked to be ending level until a breakaway from the home side saw substitute McCartan beat Ripley to a 50-50 ball and the striker went on the place the ball into an empty net.
Bury searched for a second equalising goal during five minutes of added on time and Miller popped up deep stoppage time with a close range effort to break The Bantams’ hearts.