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Bradford City Flashback

18 December 2015

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Ahead of the Spireites' clash with Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1, we look back to an important match between the two sides in 2013.

This was an important game for both sides, battling as they were for the last play-off place in League Two.

Bradford City 2 - 2 Chesterfield – 13 April, 2013 

This season was ending in a crucial manner for both sides as Bradford ended up getting promoted through the play-offs and the Spireites finished eighth in the league and set up their promotion campaign for the following season.

Chesterfield went into the game in good form, unbeaten in their last three games and the Bantams having won every game in April, Nahki Wells in the best form of his career and going on to score 26 goals in the campaign. 

In the 2011-12 season, Bradford were towards the bottom of League Two in 18th and improved dramatically with the introduction of Wells at the start of the season to gain promotion to League One. 

The game turned out to be a tough match for both sides with neither able to take the initiative when they had momentum in the game. 

Sam Togwell got an important last-minute equaliser for Chesterfield to earn an important point against promotion rivals Bradford despite twice falling behind during the match. 

The Spireites began the game on top, but were behind when Wells fired home his 22nd goal of the season from 15 yards in the 36th minute. 

Wells was only denied another to add to his tally by a great block from Liam Cooper early in the second half - and Bradford were made to pay for their wasted chances when Chesterfield equalised in the 70th minute, Tendayi Darikwa sweeping in from a Marc Richards cross. 

Bradford went back in front in the 79th minute when Ricky Ravenhill's low shot flashed through a crowd of players after a corner was only half-cleared by the Chesterfield defenders. 

However, Togwell managed to rescue a point for the Spireites in stoppage time with a low shot from a corner to keep his side's hopes of the play-offs alive. 

The result left Chesterfield four points behind Bradford, with both sides having three games left to play. 

At the end of the season the Spireites were unfortunate to narrowly miss out on a play-off spot by only two points behind the Bantams, but the campaign marked an important step towards promotion in the following campaign.

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