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Stanley's celebrations of another late leveller might not have gone down well with the Bradford staff – but Will Hatfield was certainly smiling.

It all gets a bit heated as the Stanley bench celerate Will Hatfield’s leveller at the Coral Windows Stadium (Picture: Bradford Argus)

Stanley's celebrations of another late leveller might not have gone down well with the Bradford staff – but Will Hatfield was certainly smiling.

Bantam’s assistant boss Steve Parkin was furious after super sub Hatfield scored another late goal to make it five draws on the trot at home for the former Premier League side.

There was a bit of a furore in the dug-outs after the match with Parkin upset at something he claimed was said by the Stanley bench.

However, Reds boss Paul Cook was just keen for Dewsbury-born Hatfield to take the headlines – again.

The 20-year-old has only been on the pitch for 10 minutes in the last two games but has still managed to score two goals – which have rescued as many points for the Reds.

Stanley deserved a point for the first-half show although Bradford were more dominant after the break when they took the lead through Nahki Wells.

That was until a disputed injury-time corner was fired in by Kevin McIntyre and Hatfield was on hand for the second game, to belt the ball home. It was hooked away but had already crossed the line.

"Will deserves a lot of credit, he has come on for two games and scored two great goals," said Cook who was overseeing his fifth game in charge of the Reds.

"Will hasn’t had a great deal of time on the pitch but the contribution he made on Tuesday night and on Saturday has been immense for us.

"Fair play to him for being patient and waiting for his opportunity.

"It was nice for him to go on and get a goal as he is a Yorkshire lad."

The Coral Windows Stadium is certainly a big stage and again almost 10,000 fans watched the League Two strugglers, who haven’t enjoyed a home win in 2012.

It was a lively first half where the Reds were causing problems up front without seriously testing keeper Jon McLaughlin although he did have to turn away a McIntyre free kick on the stroke of half-time.

Bradford’s front pairing of Wells and Deane Smalley were strong but were well-marshalled by the Reds backline.

And when they did get past them, loan keeper Lee Nicholls was superb, making amends for Saturday’s mistake – two fantastic saves kept out Smalley and winger Kyel Reid before the break.

However he could do nothing about the opener five minutes after the restart.

Wells latched onto a long ball over the top, wrong-footed Toto Nsiala and fired into the net from a tight angle.

Bradford then had various breaks and looked the more likely to grab a second as the Reds couldn’t get their passing game going.

And it was then the story of two penalty decisions as Craig Lindfield looked to be fouled in the area by Reid – but referee Phil Gibbs pointed to just outside the area for a free kick which came to nothing.

And near the end Bradford were up in arms when they were awarded nothing for a trip on Ross Hannah inside the box.

There was some niggle in the game when Reds loan defender Nsiala tackled Smalley, the Bantams striker reacted and the ref had some calming down to do with both getting a yellow card.

And then came the moment when it all went right for the Reds and wrong for the home side.

Stanley subs Kurtis Guthrie and Micah Evans had looked lively since their introduction but neither could find the vital breakthrough.

Then, with one minute of injury time gone, Stanley were awarded a controversial corner with City feeling Marcel Seip had been fouled for the flag kick.

McIntyre hit it in low and there was the man of the moment Hatfield to once again find the back of the net. It’s becoming a nice habit.

Cook added: "We rode our luck at times. They could possibly had a penalty late on and my intial reaction was it was a penalty and at 2-0 you would have though it was game over – but that has gone our way.

" I have been in football long enough to know sometimes these things go for you and sometimes against you and we will gladly take a point."

 

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