Bradford 2 Fleetwood 2

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Nathan Pond snatched a late equaliser as Fleetwood Town made up for a woeful 85 minutes with a stunning last ditch recovery.

Town were well off the pace and deserved to go behind when Jon Stead bundled home a loose ball with 10 minutes gone.

Fleetwood, playing an unfamiliar wing back system looked well below their best and could have gone further behind before the break, Christopher Routis denied by Chris Maxwell.

Stephen Dobbie was the visitors’ best outlet and he could have helped haul them level before half time a cross-come-shot headed narrowly over by Jamie Proctor.

Town needed to bounce back after the break but instead fell further behind.

They were again torn open down the right, James Hanson leading the charge into the box, Maxwell drawn and Routis with the simple task of tapping home at the back post.

Bradford from that points seemed to have settled for their two - an unwise decision.

Town, with the addition of Anthony Sarcevic and the lively Ashley Hunter gradually found confidence going forward.

And with four minutes left Tyler Forbes and Hunter combined down the right, Proctor rising at the back to no home the former’s perfectly placed cross.

City were rattled and with eleven men behind the ball went into damage limitation mode.

Town sensed an unlikely leveller, Conor McLaughlin on the half way line pumping ball after ball into the Bantams box.

And it paid off, a poor clearance falling to Pond 12 yards out, his low drive ensuring a share of the spoils and keeping Fleetwood’s play-off ambitions just about alive.