Graham Alexander’s Bantams orchestrated a comeback in the second half to maintain their unbeaten streak at seven matches, securing a 2-2 draw against Morecambe at home.
The visiting team quickly gained a 2-0 lead within the initial 20 minutes, courtesy of early goals from James Connolly and JJ McKiernan. However, substitute Clarke Oduor and Brad Halliday ensured that the Bantams did not leave the field empty-handed after the halftime break.
Despite Alexander’s squad starting brightly, the away side took the lead in the third minute through James Connolly. A whipped free-kick into the City area rebounded off a home player, falling to Connolly, who skillfully placed his shot past Harry Lewis, putting the visitors in the lead.
Bradford City maintained a significant amount of possession, but Morecambe extended their lead to two goals 15 minutes later through JJ McKiernan. A well-executed play down the left flank by the agile Jordan Slew resulted in a precise cross, finished emphatically by McKiernan into the roof of the net, putting the visitors in control.
Morecambe continued to pose challenges for City, nearly securing a third goal through Yann Songo’o, whose header was thwarted by the post as the pressure intensified on the Bantams towards the end of the first half.
The hosts emerged strongly in the second half, with substitute Oduor coming close to an immediate goal. Intricate play down the right flank from Gilliead led to a well-placed cross, met by Oduor, whose shot was deflected behind off Tyler Smith.
City’s persistence paid off, and they found the net through Oduor after Gilliead won back possession high up the pitch. Halliday’s cross from the right was met by Andy Cook’s thigh, and Oduor was there to bring the home side back into the game.
The Bantams continued to apply pressure on their opponents, seeking the elusive equaliser. In the 83rd minute, City drew level as Brad Halliday scored his first goal of the season. A dangerous ball from Ciarán Kelly found Halliday at the far post, and he powered home, deservedly equalising to the delight of the home fans.
Alexander’s team persisted in causing chaos in Morecambe’s box and, with momentum on their side, aimed for a winning goal. Another cross, this time from Lewis Richards on the left, was met in the air by Cook, whose looping header struck the underside of the crossbar, leaving City inches away from victory.
The Bantams pressed until the last minute but fell short of finding a third goal, bringing an end to their six-match unbeaten run.