The league One play-offs
Rory Mc the second half of the header has given Bradford City a slender advantage as they beat Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the first leg of their League, A semi final match.
McArdle, one of only three players in Bradford team to have won the club promotion in 2013, headed home earned the 77th minute, but the home side may rue their inability to convert a string of chances.
Stuart McCall, unbeaten at home this season, made all the running, but Uwe RÃ¶sler, the Cod Army transformed into a wholly-committed defence and head back to the Lancashire coast full of hope for the return match at the Stadium of Highbury on Sunday.
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Bradford threatened often before the break and went close in the 38th minute when Billy Clarke’s 20-yard shot hit the woodwork. The same player then curled Billy Meredith cross on the wrong side of the post.
They finally made the breakthrough when Tony McMahon delivered a perfect inswinging corner and McArdle rose highest to power home a header unstoppable.
Meredith missed a golden chance when blazing another superb ball in by McMahon and Fleetwood will be delighted, this will be just a 1-0 defeat to topple the weekend.
â€œWe said before the game, if we can go to Fleetwood on Sunday, then so be it, because there is nothing between the two sides,â€ McCall said. â€œSo, to get the goal when we did, we were thrilled, but it is only part time as they say.â€
Scunthorpe United took an important step towards the realization of the final after resisting intense Millwall pressure to earn a 0-0 away draw in their semi-final of the first step.
Graham Alexander team very little in attack, but constantly absorbed the most beautiful of their hosts and, after five straight wins before their trip to The Den, they expect to finish the work in the second stage, Sunday.
Should Millwall’s eventful end of the season in the defeat of this weekend, maybe even their striker Lee Gregory, who takes a lot of the blame. An exceptional opportunity fell for him in the 26th minute, after a ball to Jed Wallace who had replaced David Worrall in the only change to Neil Harris in the team sent him one-to-one with Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Anyon.
Gregory had both the time and space to choose his place, and that may be the proof of his problem that he has turned evil to Anyon, who dived low to produce a routine save. The hosts continued to meet Scunthorpe in the organization with impressive intensity, but with too few moments of quality, in order to create similar opportunities.
â€œI am pleased that we were the better team, and happy, don’t give in,â€ Harris said. â€œIt [feel like a missed opportunity] Lee [Gregory], because he feeds on scoring goals. There are four quarters of football in the two links. We have not been beaten in the first two; what was important was not to get beat.â€
A number of home supporters invaded the pitch at the final whistle, some find themselves detained by the security personnel; t
Jordan Clarke of Scunthorpe United is launching the back of a coin that has been thrown on the pitch by Millwall fans in the Dockers Stand. Photography: John-Patrick Fletcher/Action via Getty Images
Millwall supporters are prevented from extending from a ground invasion at the end of their draw with Scunthorpe. Photo: Khachfe/JMP/REX/Shutterstock