TOWN should be content with a point from a derby which never stirred the blood and will not live long in the memory.
Six weeks ago at Valley Parade, Peter Jackson's side produced a compelling mix of passion and performance to outgun Bradford and deservedly win in front of the live Sky cameras.
They rarely matched that high-octane standard in Saturday's early kick off and, indeed, it was Bradford who went closest to snatching victory with Mark Bower's flying header off a post.
Both defences played well, however, and while some Town fans may be frustrated with a first goalless draw at the stadium in 15 months (since Chesterfield visited in the second match of last season) they should perhaps look at the bigger picture.
Town have taken four points off Bradford this season compared with none last term - a factor which could mean the difference between automatic promotion or the play-offs - and they still hold a 10-point advantage over their M606 neighbours in the table.
With another home game to come against Nottingham Forest this weekend, too, Town are still powering along in League I with the joint best home record at this level.
Those statistics speak for themselves, although it's difficult not to ponder how Town could have turned one point into three on the back of their success down at Yeovil.
Bradford, it must be remembered, are better on their travels than at home this season and in Bower and David Wetherall had two accomplished centre-backs on the top of their form.
There were times, though, when Town seemed to want to walk the ball into the net instead of letting fly and other occasions when the final ball simply lacked quality.
When the message hit home in the second half and Danny Schofield unleashed what looked like a match-winning strike, the ball miraculously struck the covering Steve Schumacher and ballooned over the bar.
That's when you need a little bit of luck to tip the scales, but it wasn't to be.
While Town found Bradford's two banks of four hard to break down, they needed some resolute defending of their own from David Mirfin and the excellent Nathan Clarke to thwart the visitors' speedy and dangerous counter-attacks.
Danny Cadamarteri - preferred up front to the veteran Steve Claridge - had a brilliant run foiled by Paul Rachubka's smart block on 25 minutes.
Then, seven minutes later and with the 3,472 travelling fans on the edge of their seats, Cadamarteri left Andy Holdsworth and Jon Worthington trailing in his wake before a brave Rachubka dive put an end to the danger as he romped into the box.
Apart from those breaks, it was Town who had the bulk of possession in the first half, but a fantastic last-ditch tackle by Bower prevented Taylor-Fletcher making the most of Worthington's pass and then Mirfin found the side netting with a header which most in the Kilner Bank thought was in.
There were groans towards the end of the first half as Pawel Abbott tried one flick too many, but it was a shame that most of his best runs never got spotted by his teammates.
Town's let-off at the start of the second half brought more Bradford pressure and Rachubka did well to block a fierce drive from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson as he charged through the middle.
Town responded with a shot from Jon Worthington which was their first on target in the match (64 minutes) and, just a minute later, Abbott was forced to hobble to the sidelines with a gashed knee after a crunching tackle by Schumacher, who as booked by referee Lee Mason.
A flick by Windass, who seemed quiet after his early booking, gave Cadamarteri the chance for a low shot smothered by Rachubka and then it was Town who looked more likely to score in the closing 15 minutes.
Substitute Chris Brandon created a volleying chance which Clarke landed on the roof of the net and then Andy Booth twice headed over from Tony Carss' free kicks as Town failed to score for the first time in 32 matches (a club record).
A point each was fair enough, however, and Town can now look to revenge over Forest.
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Town always seem to be slow starters each second half. They conceded after 47 minutes at Yeovil and almost repeated it again when Mark Bower sent a Steve Schumacher free kick crashing against the righthand post. That was the closest either side went to scoring, although Paul Rachubka made a couple of smart saves
Man of the Match: Nathan Clarke
Set the standard by winning a succession of early headers, he deserved the clean sheet for his alert covering and sharp tackling. Brought the best out of his back line colleagues too
How they rated
Paul Rachubka Blocked excellently from Cadamarteri at the near post and also made a brave save at the feet of the speedy striker. Solid Rating: 7/10
Andy Holdsworth Played his part in some decent attacks when finding space on the right. Shackled Morrison while Cadamarteri was a threat Rating: 7/10
Danny Adams His brilliant covering tackle prevented a goal from Morrison on the break after only eight minutes. Good display Rating: 7/10
David Mirfin Very efficient at the back and went as close as anyone to scoring for Town with a near-post header on 14 minutes Rating: 7/10
Nathan Clarke Commanding display at the back from start to finish. Never gave Dean Windass a look-in and was Town's top man Rating: 8/10
Tony Carss Made some well-timed covering tackles and sprayed the ball nicely at times but just could not find a breakthrough Rating: 7/10
Jon Worthington Close to a top mark with his workrate in the centre against Crooks and Schumacher. Hard to find clear openings Rating: 7/10
Danny Schofield Unlucky not to score when his goalbound shot hit Schumacher right in front of goal. Kept the visitors on their toes Rating: 7/10
Gary T-Fletcher Troubled Bradford early on with his strong runs down the right. Linked well and his best effort was blocked by Bower Rating: 7/10
Andy Booth Another commendable display and might have scored twice late on with headers from Tony Carss' free kicks. Rating: 7/10
Pawel Abbott One or two daft flicks detracted from his performance but he was a marked man. Off with a gashed knee Rating: 7/10
Spotlight on the ref:
A very good performance by Lancashire's Lee Mason, although it was never the sort of derby which was going to bubble over.
He clamped down on Windass with a booking after five minutes and rightly cautioned Steve Schumacher in the second half for a high challenge on Abbott. Kept control well throughout
Bradford City: Ricketts; Stewart, Wetherall, Bower, Emanuel; Bridge-Wilkinson, Crooks, Schumacher, Morrison (Petta 78); Windass, Cadamarteri. Subs not used: Howarth, Claridge, Kearney, Holloway.