Leyton Orient 0-0 Bradford City
On what would have been late former manager, Justin Edinburgh’s 50th birthday, his former charges put in a battling display to hold the high-flying Bantams, on Saturday.
Looking more solid and organised, the O’s were stretched, early doors, when City’s Callum Cooke latched on to playmaker, Chris Taylor’s chipped pass, but the impressive Jamie Turley made a goal-saving block.
That good opening inspired the hosts and Conor Wilkinson was unlucky to see his tenth-minute header scrape Richard O’Donnell’s bar, from Jordan Maguire-Drew’s searching cross.
Play-off hopefuls City dominated for long spells before the turnaround, with Orient forced to get bodies behind the ball.
Having seen a rare attack come to nothing, with Marvin Ektipeka shooting wide from a Josh Wright free-kick, the Bantams broke and Sam Sargeant did well to deny Aramide Oteh, before Callum Cooke blasted the rebound wide.
Wilkinson stole the limelight after the interval and a 60th-minute mazy run deserved more, with Kelvin Mellor making the all-important block.
Five minutes later the former Dagenham man’s defence-splitting pass set up Maguire-Drew, only to see Mellor bailing out his over-stretched defence. Wilkinson then shot inches wide from the ensuing flag-kick.
City almost nicked an undeserved winner when sub, Harry Pritchard, glided a long-range screamer inches over 74 minutes.
But, it was the O’s – who had taken the game to the visitors for the majority of the second period and were unlucky to see Lee Angol and Clay blocked 75 minutes, as City struggled to clear a Wright corner.
City again threatened, on another rare sortie and it took a great Sargeant save, on 84 minutes to deny Vaughan, after Wright had dithered at the edge of his own penalty area.
Orient, however, were more than comfortable in the closing stages, with the draw a fair result – their first home clean sheet since August.
Leyton Orient: Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Marvin Ekpiteta, Jamie Turley, Dan Happe, Josh Wright (capt), Lee Angol, George Marsh, Craig Clay, Jordan Maguire-Drew (James Brophy 80), Conor Wilkinson. Subs (not used): Dean Brill, Dale Gorman, Josh Coulson, James Dayton, Matt Harrold, Harry Kyprianou.
Bradford City: O’Donnell, Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Jake Reeves (Matt Palmer 79), Adam Henley, Callum Cooke, Chris Taylor (Harry Pritchard 69), Conor Wood, Aramide Oteh (Shay McCartan 86), James Vaughan (capt). Subs (not used): Ben Richards-Everton, Zeli Ismail, Dylan Connolly, Sykes-Kenworthy.
Referee: Christopher Pollard
Assistants: Gareth Viccars, Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Garry Maskell