We've got a chance - Bradbury

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Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury believes his side can end Huddersfield's 26-game unbeaten run and reach Old Trafford after they came from behind to draw 1-1 in the first leg of their npower League One play-off semi-final.

Veteran Terriers midfielder Kevin Kilbane, 34, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a fine header from Gary Roberts' right-wing cross. Thirteen minutes later, Huddersfield goalkeeper Ian Bennett made a fine save to deny Danny Ings from the penalty spot before Donal McDermott fired home a fine left-footed strike from 25 yards.

Bradbury said: "I thought we deserved a win. The lads played great. In the second half we really took it to them, pushed them back and overall we were the better side. We have got a massive chance now."

He added: "When we were 1-0 down at half-time I told them to go out, press Huddersfield back and make sure we were still in the tie and that is what they did.

"I feel we can go up there and the pressure will be on them because they will expect to beat us at home so we can go and play like we did in this game, express ourselves, play freely and enjoy it."

Both sides had chances to win, but Huddersfield manager Lee Clark was not downhearted by the result after his side failed to hit top gear.

"We are happy to not have lost," said Clark. "We played really well in the first half and took the lead with a great goal from Kevin.

"The second half started in the same vein and perhaps Benik (Afobe) should have scored to make it 2-0 but I think he lost his footing at the last moment. If he had not slipped I`m sure he would put that away and who knows what would have happened from there?

"I knew Bournemouth are a good side and they`ve got some very good attacking players. In the end our goalkeeper, who was outstanding, got beat by a magnificent finish.

"It was tough out there at times, especially in the second half, but my players stood up to the challenge. The tie is still very much alive for both teams but we are halfway there."

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