There are seven teams all waiting to break their away win hoodoo this season – and Stanley remain one of them.
Birmingham, Fulham, Wolves, West Ham, Burnley, Barnet and the Reds are all still to get three points on their travels in the 2010/11 league campaign – but John Coleman admitted that his side won’t get a better chance than on Tuesday.
Leading 1-0, they were rarely troubled by Bradford until a disputed goal meant the Reds had to settle for their seventh draw of their 10 away matches so far this season.
And Coleman was gutted that they hadn’t managed to get that monkey off their backs: "I am disappointed as it is two points thrown away," he said after the match.
"We were in the driving seat, they hadn’t put us under much pressure and then we have conceded a silly goal.
"The players are blazing as they think it was a foul for the Bradford goal.
"You can work all week, train, use tactics, try and organise people and do your homework but if decisions go against you there is not a lot you can do.
"I am devastated that we haven’t won as we haven’t won away all season and it’s sickening and we won’t get a better chance than Tuesday.
"We were miles better than Bradford in the first half and, to their credit they have had a go after the break, but that goal has given them a big lift."
The goal in question came after Peter Taylor’s side put on winger Omar Daley at the break, packing the midfield, and that helped the Bantams cause the Reds problems for the first time.
Striker James Hanson and Reds keeper Ian Dunbavin challenged for Luke O’Brien’s ball into the area with Stanley defenders stopping as they waited for referee Tony Bates to blow for a foul on the stopper.
Instead he waved play-on and, with the Reds defence static, striker Jason Price took full advantage of the disarray to fire home his first goal of his loan spell from Carlisle – and a vital equaliser for under-pressure boss Taylor.
"Bavs should have done better but it was a foul," said the Reds boss.
And that swung the momentum in the home side’s favour especially as, during the game, Stanley lost both midfielders Sean McConville (back) and Jimmy Ryan (hamstring) to injury
It was then backs to the wall for the Reds, who did hold firm with Ray Putterill clearing off the line and Dunbavin saving a low Richard Eckersley shot in injury time which he must have seen late.
But the Reds shouldn’t really have been in that position after bossing the first-half proceedings.
They did only have Phil Edwards’ fifth penalty of the season to show for it – although it should have been enough as the Reds looked to continue a strong record at Bradford, where they haven’t lost since 1955.
The penalty was awarded when another Bantams loanee, Tom Adeyemi, handled the ball in the 21st minute while challenging with Putterill in the area.
It was the 10,000 home fans who then felt the Staffordshire official was against them with what they felt was a harsh decision but Coleman couldn’t believe that Adeyemi escaped any punishment, other than the penalty.
"I don’t want to see anyone sent off but, if their lad doesn’t handle it, then Ray Putterill has got a free shot on goal in the middle of the area.
"He has denied us a clear goalscoring opportunity so the rules say it’s a sending off.
"We asked the fourth official at half-time why he hadn’t been sent off and he said it was accidental handball. But if it was that, it shouldn’t have been a penalty.
"That argument doesn’t stand up. I don’t want to see anyone sent off, I don’t agree with that rule, but those are the facts."
Instead the Bantams kept their 11 on the pitch but it was Stanley who were bossing the first half with the penalty giving them a massive confidence boost.
But, as of the last Reds three games, it was one of only a few chances.
Putterill was in among the action, striker Terry Gornell worked hard and Ryan was busy but no one had their shooting boots on and the Reds lacked the cutting edge to give themselves more than a one-goal cushion at half-time.
The introduction of Daley made a difference for the Bantams and, with the bumper crowd urging them on, they upped the pace, the bizarre goal getting them back in it.
And after that, they were on the front foot with balls pinging around in the Stanley box, but the Reds defence held firm.
It wasn’t an entertaining spectacle but it wouldn’t have mattered if the Reds had got their first three points on their travels. Instead Coleman was dejected as his side remain in a tightly-packed mid-table.
"We did lack a cutting edge in the first half and chose the wrong options, and in the second half we gave too much of the ball away.
"We have not been beaten here since 1955 and even the most ardent Bradford fans must have been fearing the worst at half-time.
"While we didn’t play as well in the second half, goals change games."