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City denied at the death by Dons

Wembley-bound Bradford City stumbled to their 11th league loss of the season after conceding two late goals against relegation threatened AFC Wimbledon at the Fans’ Stadium on Saturday.

It was hardly the result the Bantams were looking for in their final outing prior to a League Cup Final showdown with Swansea.

Bradford’s Bermudian striker Nahki Wells saw very little action after coming on as an 85th minute replacement for teammate Kyel Reid.

Garry Thompson capitalised on some slack defending to give Bradford the lead in the 59th minute when he fired home his fourth goal of the season from close range.

Thompson pounced on a poor back-header by defender Alan Bennett to fire past veteran ‘keeper Neil Sullivan.

But the Dons hit back through late goals from sub Jack Midson (83rd) and Garry Alexander (90th) to savour a first home win since last October.

Midson, who injected life into his team after coming as a 60th minute sub, drew the two teams level after getting the decisive touch to Pim Balkestein’s cross into a crowded box.

Alexander then completed the Dons’ late fightback when he nodded in Toby Ajala’s corner in stoppage time.

The game winner stemmed from a hotly -disputed corner kick awarded by the referee.

Bradford dominated possession but poor finishing and a series of saves from Wimbledon’s 42-year old goalie Sullivan kept the home team in contention before Midson and Alexander turned the match on its head at the death.

“We've dominated the game we should have won it,” stated Bradford manager Phil Parkinson on the club’s website. “We've completely controlled the second half. Some of our play on a difficult surface was excellent.

“We've gone one goal up and had chances to grab a second. Tommo (Thompson) in particular has had one before it has taken a nasty bobble up in front of him.

"The pitch was really hard to play on very bobbling but I thought some of our play at times was excellent and if we could have gone on to get a second goal, it could have been a comfortable ending to the game for us.

"In terms of the overall balance of play, I thought there was only going to be one team going on to win the game. You really couldn't see them scoring. It is a real blow for us today.”

Wells and his Bantams team mates will now have to pick themselves up for Sunday’s League Cup Final showdown with Premier side Swansea at Wembley Stadium.

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Published February 18, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm)

City denied at the death by Dons

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