Bantams beaten as Drinkwater strike earns Reserves friendly victory
Posted by nickogs20 on January 15, 2009
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side got a much-needed run-out at yesterday as Bradford City were the visitors to Carrington.
With the weather causing so much disruption to the Reserves’ fixture list of late, this hastily-arranged game offered Solskjaer the opportunity to give several members of his squad some useful minutes of semi-competitive action – a refreshing change from the inter-squad matches that have become the norm over the past two months.
United dominated for long periods of the game and really should have racked up a more convincing victory, but had to be content with just a 1-0 win thanks to Danny Drinkwater’s 24th minute strike. The 18 year-old midfielder latched into Magnus Eikrem’s pull-back and struck a fine shot on the turn which gave the Bradford keeper no chance.
Also involved for the Reds were Fábio da Silva – making his first start for the reserves since August, Lee Martin – making his first reserves appearance since returning from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest, and new signing Ritchie de Laet, who partnered skipper James Chester at the heart of the back four.
1. Ben Amos
2. Corry Evans
3. Fábio da Silva (12. Jimmy Derbyshire)
4. James Chester (c)
5. Ritchie de Laet
6. Rodrigo Possebon
7. Magnus Eikrem
8. Danny Drinkwater
10. Lee Martin (14. Antonio Bryan)
11. Tom Cleverley
Subs not used
13. Scott Wootton
15. Oliver Norwood
16. Conor Devlin