The James Horsfield Private Detective Agency - Joyd Mittra
Town were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Second Round stage this evening following a penalty shoot out which the Bantams won 4-3.
Town dominated the first half, but failed to find a way past Matt Duke despite a number of good efforts. The game came alive in the second-half courtesy of four goals in 15 minutes. The Bantams took the lead in the 55th minute when Antony Kay headed past Nick Colgan. Town restored matters almost immediately when Tommy Miller converted from the spot, however, they were quickly behind again when City's towering centre back headed past Colgan.
On the seventy minute mark the Terriers were back level when Peter Clarke netted through a volley which meant the game would be decided through penalties.
Despite missing their first penalty, Nialle Rodney held his nerve when taking the decisive penalty to take his side through to the next round.
Town Manager Lee Clark made eight changes to his side from the team that convincingly beat Brentford 4-0 on Saturday.
Clark named an entirely different midfield four from Saturday with Danny Ward and Donal McDermott replacing Gary Roberts and Scott Arfield on the wings and Oscar Gobern and Anton Robinson forming a central pairing in place of Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson.
In defence, Nick Colgan, Gary Naysmith and Liam Cooper replaced Ian Bennett, Calum Woods and Antony Kay. In attack Lee Novak played alongside Alan Lee
with Jordan Rhodes away on international duty with the Scotland under-21's.
BOOKING - Town Skipper Peter Clarke picked up the first yellow card of the game in the second minute when he went through the back off Bradford striker Ross Hannah.
The Terriers were first to take aim through Danny Ward in the 4th minute. The former Bradford youth player picked up the ball from Lee Novak on the edge of the Bantams penalty area and struck a low drive two yards wide of Matt Duke's right-hand post.
Ward was in the action again moments later when he skilfully dribbled through three City defenders before shooting low with his right-foot just wide of Duke's goal.
SUB - Phil Parkinson was forced into an earlier change when Ross Hannah limped off the field injured in the eighth minute. The former Matlock striker was victim of Clarke's early challenge and was replaced by Nialle Rodney.
BOOKING - Liam Moore was the first Bradford player to enter the book. In the 12th minute the right-back miss controlled a pass from Luke Oliver which resulted in him sliding in on Novak and bringing the striker down.
Bradford had started brightly and were more than holding their own against the Terriers; much of the Bantams play was coming down the left between Luke O'Brien and substitute Rodney, however, the pair were struggling to find a way past Peter Clarke and Jack Hunt.
Matt Duke was forced into his first save of the evening in the 19th minute following good work by the Terriers front two. Lee Novak received the ball from the left with his back to goal and neatly turned the ball round the corner for Alan Lee
who drove a low shot straight at the former Hull City stopper.
BOOKING - Nialle Rodney was the recipient of the third booking of the game in the 21st minute for a rash slide tackle on Town's central midfielder Oscar Gobern.
SUB - Lee Clark was also forced into a change on the half an hour mark when Oscar Gobern walked off gingerly to be replaced by Tommy Miller.
was, as always, causing a nuisance of himself up front with both Guy Branston and the towering Luke Oliver finding it difficult to deal with the powerful striker. Despite, the Irishman winning a number of free-kicks off the pairing, Town were finding it difficult to create any chances from set-plays.
Town 'keeper Nick Colgan was making his first start for the Terriers since the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Final against Carlisle last season. The stopper was called upon in the 34th minute for the first time when Mark Stewart headed a Chris Mitchell cross back across goal, which the 38 year-old did well to collect at the first attempt.
City's first chance on goal lifted the Terriers and minutes later Lee Novak forced Duke into his second save of the night with a rasping drive from the left-hand side, which the Bradford 'keeper parried away.
The Terriers slick passing play cut the Bantams apart in the 39th minute when Peter Clarke stepped out of defence and delivered a perfect pass forward to Lee. The striker's first touch was excellent and allowed him to find Lee Novak who from 20 yards hit a swerving shot, which Duke just managed to deal with, without looking overly convincing.
City, backed by a strong following of Bantams, counter attacked well following a Town attack in the 43rd minute and were almost rewarded when Mark Stewart's deflected effort landed just over Colgan's crossbar. From the resulting corner, Town defended well with Novak clearing the danger.
The Terriers were enjoying a fantastic spell of pressure as the half drew to a close and they thought they had opened the scoring when Lee Novak prodded in Alan Lee
's header, however, the Assistant on the right-hand side deemed the striker offside.
HALF TIME - TOWN 0 BANTAMS 0
SUB - Lee Clark made a half-time change when centre back Liam Cooper was replaced by Antony Kay.
Town dominated the opening five minutes to the half and should have scored in the 49th minute when Duke turned Alan Lee
's effort from eight yards around the post. The move was arguably the Terriers best attacking move of the game to date and started with Gary Naysmith before going through Robinson, Miller, Lee, Novak and then eventually Danny Ward who turned the ball across the Bantams penalty area to Lee, who maybe should have done better with his low effort.
BOOKING - Antony Kay received a booking in the 54th minute for a rash sliding tackle on Chris Mitchell down the Bantams right.
GOAL - The Bantams took the lead from the resulting free-kick in the 55th minute when Antony Kay headed past Nick Colgan and into his own goal. The recipient of Kay's foul, Mitchell, took the free-kick and when Nick Colgan failed to clear the ball Kay seemed unable to divert the ball anywhere else apart from the back of&nbsp;his net.
Town's response was immediate and came when Novak laid the ball off for Danny Ward who ducked onto his right foot and from the edge of the Bantams area drove a stinging effort just over Duke's goal.
Former Terrier Michael Flynn came to the Bantams rescue on the hour mark when Alan Lee
skipped inside Robbie Threlfall and attempted to curl an effort into Duke's far corner, which was blocked well by the central midfielder.
GOAL - The Terriers deservedly drew level in the 62nd minute courtesy of Tommy Miller's first goal in blue and white. Miller's goal came from the penalty spot after referee Tierney deemed that Guy Branston had felled Peter Clarke in the box during a Town corner.
GOAL - The Bantams restored their lead in the 64th minute when Luke Oliver planted a header past Nick Colgan from a City corner. The big centre back appeared to lose his marker amongst a melee of players and connected perfectly with the cross, which left Colgan with no chance in Town's goal.
SUB - Phil Parkinson made his second change of the game in the 67th minute when centre back Andrew Davies replaced Chris Mitchell.
GOAL - In an action packed second-half the Terriers drew level again in the 70th minute when Peter Clarke showed attacking instinct in the box&nbsp;to volley home from eight yards. The goal came courtesy of a Town corner which was only half cleared by the Bantams and put back into the danger area by Tommy Miller. Town's skipper was first to react in the box and skilfully turned the ball with his left and on the volley past Duke and into the far right-hand corner of his goal.
SUB - Immediately after Clarke's striker Donal McDermott was withdrawn with Gary Roberts taking his place.
SUB - Phil Parkinson also made his final change of the game in the 74th minute when Jack Compton was replaced by the former Charlton midfielder Kyel Reid.
Nick Colgan get the scores level ten minutes from&nbsp;time when he produced a superb one handed save to deny an Andrew Davies header from six yards out. The Bantams midfielder Mark Stewart created the opportunity cutting in from the right before chipping a deep cross to the back stick, which Davies get up well to head, but couldn't find a way past Town's custodian with his downward header.
BOOKING - Jack Hunt was Town's third defender to receive a caution when he brought down Luke O'Brien in the 87th minute.
Despite Town's surge of pressure late on, they failed to find a way past Duke meaning the game would be decided by a penalty shoot out.
FULL TIME - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 BRADFORD CITY 2
Town - Lee Novak scores
Bradford - Michael Flynn misses
Town - Tommy Miller saved
Bradford - Mark Stewart scores
Town - Danny Ward scores
Bradford - Kyel Reid scores
Town - Antony Kay misses
Bradford - Robbie Threlfall scores
Town - Alan Lee
Bradford - Nialle Rodney scores
Bradford win 4-3 on penalties
Town's team (4-4-2):
Nick Colgan; Gary Naysmith, Liam Cooper (Antony Kay, 45), Peter Clarke (c), Jack Hunt; Danny Ward, Anton Robinson, Oscar Gobern (Tommy Miller, 30), Donal McDermott (Gary Roberts, 71); Lee Novak, Alan Lee
Ian Bennett, Scott Arfield
Town - Peter Clarke 2, Antony Kay 54, Jack Hunt 87
Bantams - Liam Moore 12, Nialle Rodney 21