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Unlucky Bantams lose to Liverpool

Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 02, 2001  07:57 GMT

Reds see off Bantams

Bradford City














19:45 Kickoff


Bradford City:

Walsh , Jacobs , Molenaar , Myers , Halle , Jess , Whalley , McCall , Blake , Ward , Carbone

Subs not used:

Davison , Nolan , Lawrence , McKinlay , Grant




Liverpool :

Westerveld , Babbel , Carragher , Henchoz , Hyypia , McAllister (Berger 81) , Hamann , Murphy (Smicer 81) , Gerrard , Heskey , Owen

Subs not used:

Arphexad , Ziege , Fowler


Westerveld 56, Carragher 83

Bradford lost 2-0 at Valley Parade at the hands of Liverpool with Michael Owen and Gary McAllister scoring the crucial goals.
The match had to be delayed by fifteen minutes following crowd congestion at Valley Parade. Bradford fans showed full support despite being relegated from the Premiership on Saturday.
For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard returned after his one-game suspension. Vladimir Smicer had to make do with a place on the bench as Gary McAllister kept his place in the starting line-up, following a number of impressive displays. Emile Heskey was partnered by Michael Owen in attack.
For Bradford, the two players guilty of missing penalties at the weekend in Robbie Blake and Benito Carbone started.
Liverpool had the best early chance with German international full-back Markus Babbel testing Gary Walsh with an early header, but The Bantams keeper pulled off a wonderful save.
Bradford responded with a good chance of their own. A Wayne Jacobs long ball allowed Ashley Ward to head the ball into Benito Carbone's path. Carbone struck a left-foot shot just wide of Sander Westerveld's post. Minutes later Carbone had another opportunity from a Gareth Whalley corner, but the Italian once again failed to hit the target.
As the first half went on Liverpool began to settle, helped by McAllister's and Gerrard's distribution. Danny Murphy was looking sharp in midfield, whilst Heskey was starting to dominate The Bantams' defence. However Bradford looked dangerous themselves, particularly through Carbone.
Michael Owen broke free of Robert Molenaar, although he dragged the ball wide but The Reds still almost broke the deadlock as the ball broke to Gerrard. Andy Myers cleared the ball off the line.
Walsh was beginning to come under increased pressure in the Bradford goal, as Liverpool raised the tempo. Walsh had to make a good save from Gerrard and then he had to intervene as Murphy was put through in the clear.
Liverpool took the lead at the beginning of the second half after good build up play from Heskey. He picked out McAllister, who in turn threaded a brilliant through ball into the path of Owen and he made no mistake with the finish.
Liverpool almost grabbed an immediate second as the same combination of McAllister and Owen linked up. On this occasion Owen's shot was saved by Walsh, although he should have scored.
An extraordinary refereeing decision by Jeff Winter almost gave Bradford an equaliser. Westerveld was adjudged to have picked up a back pass when the ball was accidently hammered towards him by Jamie Carragher attempting a clearance. The Bantams were gifted an indirect free-kick on The Reds' six-yard box but Carbone's chip came to nothing, apart from an array of hand ball appeals.
Gary McAllister doubled Liverpool's advantage with a trademark free-kick. Babbel deserves some credit for ensuring the Bantams defenders left their posts and then McAllister picked his spot. The former Scotland international appears to be going from strength to strength and without doubt has been the major part of Liverpool's recent run of good results.
Liverpool began to take total control, and in truth it was only Carbone who looked like creating any chances of note for Bradford. He hit a first-time volley from the edge of the box, which almost got the home side a goal.
Gerard Houllier changed things around in the closing minutes. Man-of-the-match Gary McAllister and fellow midfielder Danny Murphy made way for Patrik Berger and Smicer.

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