In spite of a creditable performance Nottingham Forest went out of the Carling Cup after extra time. They had a number of good chances but were denied by a superb performance by the Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin.
It was a lively start for both sides, with some of Forest's younger players being given the change to make their mark. And it was one of those players, Matt Thornhill
, who put Forest on the scoresheet for the only goal of the first half.
Forest threatened again in the second half but it was Bradford who got on the scoresheet to put the game on level terms 11 minutes into the half. And neither side could break the deadlock and the game went to extra time.
Bradford took the lead ten minutes into the first period and in spite of putting up a good fight they were unable to find the back of the net.
Both teams started confidently with some good end-to-end football, making for an entertaining game for the 5,175 supporters who had come to watch.
They created a good chance when Chris Cohen
played the ball down the wing to Paul Anderson
whose cross found Matt Thornhill
whose volley from the edge of the penalty area only just wide of the target.
Bradford came close when the ball fell for Jake Speight whose effort from outside the 6-yard box was deflected over the crossbar by a diving Lewis McGugan
A good save prevented Forest from going a goal up after a superb ball forward by Lewis McGugan
for Nathan Tyson
who made a great run and shot between two defenders, only to be thwarted by a good save from Jon McLaughlin.
An effort from 30 yards out by McGugan was on target, but fairly easily saved by the Bradford keeper.
Forest went in front after 35 minutes when Chris Cohen
turned and put a good cross in to Thornhill who made a great run through and volleyed across the face of goal and inside the far post.
Neat build-up play by Cohen to the head of Thornhill who knocked the ball back to Guy Moussi
whose effort from 20 yards was only just over the bar.
Bradford made all three substitutions when the teams came back out after the break.
It was a good start to the second half by Forest when an attempted volley by Tyson was not dealt with effectively and the ball came to McGugan at the back post. He drove the ball towards goal producing a good save from his feet by McLaughlin.
The young Bradford keeper denied Tyson again when Paul Anderson
flicked the ball back to him and the Forest striker's effort was well saved.
A lovely turn by Tyson got him away from his defender and he kept his composure but dragged the ball just wide of the far post.
Bradford were back on level terms when Luke Chambers
tried to knock the ball back for Lee Camp
, but it went behind the Forest keeper who was unable to get back for the loose ball. Speight scrambled for it but it was substitute David Syers who put it away from close range.
And the home side looked dangerous again when the ball was blocked by a diving Wes Morgan
to deny Louis Moult.
With Bradford continuing to threaten a double change for Forest saw Dele Adebola
and Dexter Blackstock
replace Anderson and McGugan respectively.
Tyson again came close after making a great run before seeing his shot come off the bottom of the post. Garath McCleary
tried to get the rebound in but Shane Duff was able to get the ball away.
Forest kept the pressure on and came close again when the ball came in at pace from Cohen but Blackstock's header went just wide.
With extra time threatening, an injured McLaughlin was still able to block an effort by Thornhill.
And another great save in stoppage time denied Cohen as the keeper managed to pick out the ball through a crowded box and made a dive low to his left to make the save.
Bradford made a late break but the danger was cleared by Morgan.
Forest started extra time well and Tyson came close yet again when he curled a shot from the edge of the box but it went just over the crossbar.
And Thornhill was only just wide after a great cross by Cohen put the ball at his feet.
Ten minutes into the first period Bradford took the lead from a free kick, taken by Simon Ramsden. Camp made an excellent save from Luke O'Brien's effort but James Hanson put in the rebound from six yards out.Paul McKenna
became Forest's final substitute, replacing Lynch.
Bradford had a chance to put the game out of Forest's reach when Speight got away from Chambers and Morgan before getting a shot in, but Camp dived low to make the save.
Another superb save by McLaughlin prevented Chambers from getting the equalizer when he blasted the ball towards the goal and the keeper got two hands to it to make a point-blank save.
A surging run from Cohen created another chance but Blackstock sent the ball straight at the Bradford keeper.
The 676 travelling supporters started to drift away as the home fans got to their feet to applaud their team as the game drew to its end.Nottingham Forest
: Camp(C), Chambers, Morgan, Lynch(McKenna 101min), Cohen, McGugan(Blackstock 73min), Moussi, Thornhill, McCleary, Tyson, Anderson(Adebola 73min).
Subs not used: Darlow, Rodney, Gibbons, Freeman
Bookings: McCleary 48min, Lynch
Scorer: Thornhill 36minBradford City:
McLaughlin, O'Brien, Rehman(C), Daley(Hanson 45min), Doherty, Speight, Neilson(Ramsden 45minHT), Williams, Duff, Moult, Bullock(Syers 45minHT).
Subs not used: Saxton(GK), Oliver,Horne, Threlfall
Bookings: Williams 79min
Scorers: Syers 57min, Hanson 100min
Referee: E.L. Ilderton
Attendance: 5175 away attn: 676