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Mar 10, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Ricoh Arena
CoventryCoventry City
BradfordBradford City
Nouble (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Yeates (69')

Result: Coventry City hold Bradford City to draw

Struggling Coventry City hold playoff-chasing Bradford City to a 1-1 draw in Tuesday evening's League One clash at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City have dealt a blow to high-flying Bradford City's playoff hopes after holding the Bantams to a 1-1 draw in this evening's League One clash at the Ricoh Arena.

Frank Nouble of Coventry City celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Bradford City at Ricoh Arena on March 10, 2015© Getty Images

The visitors were first to threaten as James Meredith's low cross evaded Billy Clarke before landing to the feet of James Hanson, but his first-time shot soared over the bar.

Coventry countered through Frank Nouble, who collected Marcus Tudgay's pass before firing an effort that flew wide of target.

Just after the quarter-hour mark, James O'Brien delivered a cross into the area towards Aaron Martin, but his backward header landed on the roof of the net.

Bradford then almost scored in the 20th minute as a stray ball ricocheted off Matthew Pennington and into the side-netting.

A warning sign was to come as Tudgay headed wide from Aaron Phillips's cross two minutes before the break, and just moments later, Nouble latched on to another Phillips ball to poke home from close range.

Bradford rushed out of the starting blocks after the restart, Mark Yeates seizing on a poorly cleared ball to shoot from the edge of the area, but Lee Burge was able to hold without difficulty.

It was a sign of things to come because, in the 68th minute, Martin's challenge on Andy Halliday led to a Bradford free kick outside the box, which Yeates lashed past Burge and into the far corner.

Coventry set about trying to regain the lead in the latter stages, but despite dangerous efforts from Noble and Nick Proschwitz, they were unable to score again.

Bradford very nearly had the final say when Hanson sent a header towards goal from close range in the 90th minute, but Burge was able to dive to his right and pull off a smart save.

The result keeps Coventry just above the drop zone in 20th place, while Bradford stay ninth.

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