Date: 12th September 2006 at 10:53pm
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It was a pretty close first half at Valley Parade, however, it was bad news for Blues, who went down 1-0 to a goal from Bradford veteran ‘Dean Windass`. The striker could hardly miss after a mistake from Blues defender David Raven who headed the ball into the ground and presented the ex Middlesbrough striker with an open goal.

The score was hardly indicative of how the game had gone, with Blues commanding much of the possession and making tentative headway towards the Bradford goal. Karl Hawley was pulled up for off side when he clearly looked on side and in with an opportunity of having an effort on goal.

Bradford, complete with ex Blues, Schumacher and Bridge-Wilkinson seemed to want to hit United on the break, with Thirlwell, at times looking a little nervous and giving possession away when under pressure.

At half time it was not all doom and gloom, Blues didn`t deserve to be losing.

The second half was a typical picture for this season. Blues dominated for long periods, played the better football but simply couldn`t turn chances into goals. Time and again rickets in the Bradford goal pulled off outstanding stops to prevent, Hawley, Aranalde and Holmes from scoring. In the end it was a ricochet shot which put Blues back into the game and level the scores at 1-1.

Bradford pushed on in the closing stages but with Kevin Gall a constant thorn in their side, Carlisle always looked likely of snatching a victory. Sadly they didn`t but with results elsewhere, namely the top four all losing, they remain in fifth position in the league one table.