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Ashton Gate (ATT 13,862) 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Stephen Martin

Bristol C Bristol City vs Bradford City Bradford

Bristol C 2

S Wagstaff (13)
J Emmanuel-Thomas (58)

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Bradford 2

N Wells (33)
R McArdle (84)

Bantams hold Robins to draw

Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:40pm

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Rory McArdle: Scored the equaliser

Rory McArdle: Scored the equaliser

Centre-back Rory McArdle headed home a 79th-minute equaliser to earn Bradford a deserved point from a 2-2 draw with Bristol City.

McArdle glanced home a corner from substitute Raffaele De Vita at the neat post to reward more than 1,000 travelling fans amid an impressive opening-day League One gate of 13,862.

The Robins went in front after just 13 minutes when Scott Wagstaff fired home right-footed from 12 yards after Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had forced his way into the penalty area.

The hosts looked comfortable until a defensive mix-up after 33 minutes saw James Hanson break between City's defence.

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding elected to race out to the corner of his penalty area and Hanson rounded him before crossing for Nahki Wells to shoot past the only covering defender on the line.

Emmanuel-Thomas slotted home left-footed from a Sam Baldock cross after 58 minutes to restore Bristol's advantage, but McArdle had the final say as the game entered the closing stages.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 38 83
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 38 61
6 Peterborough United 38 56
7 Barnsley 38 55
8 Rochdale 37 53
9 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 52
11 Oldham Athletic 38 52
12 Chesterfield 37 51
13 Bradford City 36 51
14 Gillingham 38 48
15 Port Vale 38 48
16 Walsall 37 46
17 Coventry City 38 43
18 Scunthorpe United 37 43
19 Crawley Town 38 43
20 Notts County 37 42
21 Crewe Alexandra 38 42
22 Leyton Orient 37 39
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 38 33