Bradford City 0 -
Half-time: 0 - 0
FA Carling Premiership 1999-2000 Game 20
3pm Tuesday 28 December 1999
Valley Parade, Bradford
Everton travel to play the last of the three promoted clubs, having efficiently
disposed of the other two. Kevin Campbell was missing as his wife is giving
birth, allowing Joe-Max Moore to finally start a game for Everton.
The first half was lively but Everton failed to take key chances and it remained
0-0 at half time. Uriah Rennie, of course, had to book Don Hutchison, who
now misses Spurs (h) that was his eighth card of the season.
Collins limped off early in the second half, to be replaced by
Cleland. But Bradford's substitution, bringing on ex-Everton Peter Beagrie
after 62 mins, had more effect as Bradford pushed Everton hard.
Lots of chances went begging in a desperately frantic last 20 mins but it
Full: Joe-Max Moore
Subs Not Used
Clarke, Halle, Wetherall, O'Brien, Myers (62' Beagrie),
Windass (77' Blake), McCall, Redfearn, Sharpe, Mills, Saunders.
Davison, Westwood, Lawrence.
Gerrard; Dunne, Weir, Gough, Unsworth; Barmby, Hutchison,
Collins (53' Cleland (78' Gemmill)), Pembridge; Jeffers, Moore
Unavailable: Campbell (expectant father);
Xavier, Ball, (flu); Ward, Williamson (injured); Branch, Myhre,
Phelan (on loan); Bilic (in limbo); Parkinson (retired).
Claret and Amber shirts;
claret shorts; amber socks.
Royal Blue shirts; white shorts; blue socks.
Wetherall (62') Redfearn (89') McCall (91').
Hutchison (16'), Cadamarteri (87')
The Ref with the
Valley Parade sorry, Bradford & Bingley Stadium was treated
to a propaganda speech from Geoffrey Richmond about how politicians are voted
in by people and voted out by people. The background to this is apparently
some refusal of planning permission to extend the ground. When the speech
got on to the future of the club and thanks for supporting them all year,
did the EFC fans break into the obvious going down chant?
Honours were even in the first half with BCFC hitting the post (albeit the
outside) but with some nice touches from certain players. Barmby looked composed
and I was very impressed with Joe-Max Moore. He appeared committed and chased
some half chances. If he can hit it off with either FJ or KC he will be an
excellent third choice striker; he acquitted himself well.
Dunne had a good game and at one point in the first half did an excellent
dribble up to inside the penalty area for the chance to be squandered
story of the afternoon really. Hutch was good, Collins competent, Weir also
had the measure of most that BC threw at us.
As for Unsworth and Pembridge, they were appalling. Unsworth was on to most
attacks but give him the ball and he hoofs it nowhere. Pembridge was just
plain crap and the stupid thing was he stayed on for 90 minutes. He wasted
several nice moves (admittedly he was part of the sharp passing) but then
gave it away. What made it less embarrassing was the appalling ball distribution
of BC who tried to play a long ball forward only for it to go out of play
on at least five occasions.
The second half was ours on balance but they could easily have scored had
Saunders not shot closer to Gerrard. Again we had some nice moves, which
troubled BC, but they came out of them well. Collins went off limping to
bring on Cleland but then he went down to be stretched off. J-MM was taken
off for Cadamateri and Cleland replaced by Gemmill. Gemmill was given space
in the middle and distributed very well. Sharp and incisive but instead of
a match of it we only had 20 minutes or so.
Cada looked good as well. My impression was that he felt comfortable playing
his fast running game and looking to feed into the middle FJ or whoever.
Last season I saw him with Bakayoko and with attack after attack going nowhere.
This was only a brief glimpse but if he knows there maybe someone in the
middle who can finish I feel there is a future for Cada at GP. He is a handful
on the right quick and skilful.
No Michael Ball. If we do not see him soon to replace the awful spectacle
of our left side today then I can only assume he has pissed off WS big time.
BC are a reasonable side lacking finish. They defended well and could have
sneaked a winner. I think there at least four teams running slower then them
at the moment and think we will be playing them next year. Lee Sharpe was
Uriah Rennie got some stick from the home side for no free kick against a
tackle on Lee Mills (I think). We travelled with some BC supporters and they
thought this decision very poor as, soon afterwards, we got a free kick in
what they considered similar circumstances. When we said that it was the
same for us when Barmbys legs were taken from him and no free kick
given, they did not recall the event. Funny thing being a fan.
Rennie booked DH for dissent and then later was reaching for his cards after
Hutch did one of his trademark crunching tackles but fortunately did
not give the second yellow card. The last time I saw Rennie, he sent off
Hutch against Arsenal. This is the third time I have seen Rennie referee
and I have grave concerns about his abilities.
If you know Valley Parade sorry Bradford & Bingley Stadium
you will know the player entrance is right in the corner by the away fans.
We got an excellent view at the end of Jewell chasing Rennie and being kept
away after Stuart McCall was booked again for dissent I think. Rennie
has ego problems, which need sorting out. It cannot be a race issue as he
booked Cada for something very silly.
One last point on the point-blank miss by Weir with 5 minutes to go. One,
he is a defender; and two, the ball was rising and quite high when he struck
it. It did not surprise me it went over.
Some good points to the match and I have to say some nice moves and a good
debut for Joe-Max Moore a nice return for Cada. Get rid of Pembridge
on this afternoon and bring back Michael Ball.
Everton drawn down to Bradford's
by Guy Hodgson, The Independent
It became a less credible statistic the longer this match dragged on, but
Everton came out of this millennium as the team who have gained most points
in England's top division. Not Liverpool, not Arsenal, but the blue club
of Merseyside. On this evidence, the next thousand years will not compare
This was a dreadful game that had less to recommend it than another plate
of cold turkey. It was clear to see how Bradford had been beaten 4-0 by
Manchester United on Boxing Day but the mystery was how Everton had
coincidentally thrashed Sunderland. On a wintry afternoon they were poor,
the match was poor and the temperature was worse.
"It was a tight match but we had enough opportunities to win it," Everton's
manager, Walter Smith, whose mood was not improved by a calf injury to John
Collins that will keep him out for two weeks, said. "We didn't take enough
care in the last third of the pitch." Frankly, there was not much in the
other two-thirds either.
The afternoon began with Geoffrey Richmond, the Bradford chairman, thanking
the supporters for their backing and berating the local council for its lack
of support. A proposal to increase Valley Parade's capacity to 25,000 had
won only narrow approval and, from the centre circle, he boomed: "It's time
that they realise the people who voted them in can vote them out." It was
probably a mis-use of power but, as the two teams of players were about to
prove, you do not need to hold the purse strings at a club to do that.
The first half was so bad it could have been used as a promotional video
for the virtues of watching Test cricket on television. Bradford were tentative
and managed only a free-kick from Dean Windass that sailed close to the post
after 27 minutes.
Everton, 5-0 winners on Sunday, were without Kevin Campbell, who was given
the day off as his wife gave birth to a son, but his replacement, Joe-Max
Moore, had a chance after three minutes when David Unsworth's long pass found
him at the far post. The American's touch took him beyond Andy Myers but
it pushed him too close to Matt Clarke. Little did anyone realise that this
would be the closest Everton would come, because they soon stooped from Sunday's
form and by the end were scraping along at Bradford's level.
They managed just two more chances of note, a free-kick from Mark Pembridge
that grazed the upright and a last-minute header from Nick Barmby that was
wastefully pulled wide from eight yards.
Not for the first time this season Bradford, spurred on by the tireless Stuart
McCall, got better the longer the game went on and they might have sneaked
a win with two headers from Lee Mills midway through the second half.
The first was narrowly wide but the next, from Dean Saunders' 65th-minute
cross, was kept out of the Everton goal only by a combination of Paul Gerrard's
dive low to his right and the post. On a day Watford won, it was an effort
Bradford urgently needed to go into the net.
"I have got to be pleased with a point that might be vital at the end of
the season," Bradford's manager, Paul Jewell, said. "We didn't play particularly
well and it's a testament to the players that they ground out a result."
Moore fails to spark Everton
by Stephen Wood, The Times
THESE teams began yesterday from different perspectives but were left to
compromise in the most awkward of circumstances.
It was Bradford City who tried to claim some sort of victory once the numbness
created by a chill wind and a soporific match had subsided. Theirs is the
position of anxiety in the FA Carling Premiership table and, just two days
after a heavy defeat away to Manchester United, the ensuing clean sheet and
hard-earned point provided a form of comfort.
For Everton, the glow produced by confirmation that Bill Kenwright, after
all, would be assuming control of the club, did not take long to wear off.
The opportunities that they spurned at regular intervals yesterday were more
marked than usual. But this match was never going to be anything other than
a chore, even when, as early as the third minute, Everton looked capable
of taking the lead. Joe-Max Moore, the striker making his debut since signing
from New England Revolution, found space at the far post but hesitated before
shooting and Clarke, the Bradford goalkeeper, had time to save.
Moore, covering for Kevin Campbell, looked far from out of his depth, but
there was little doubt that Francis Jeffers was missing his usual partner
in the visiting team's attack.
So bereft of imagination were Bradford that they hardly managed an attack
in the first half. They decided to trust in frenetic play after the break
and, with the decisions of Uriah Rennie, the referee, grating with the crowd,
and Stuart McCall acting as the whirling dervish, it nearly worked.
Lee Mills, who had come closest to scoring for Bradford with an opportunistic
effort just before the interval, had Everton's hearts even nearer their mouths
with half an hour remaining. Saunders's cross was met by a towering header
from Mills, but Gerrard's lunge managed to divert the ball on to the post.
Everton, via a Pembridge shot that skimmed the crossbar, later claimed that
they had also been denied by the woodwork, while Barmby and Weir misdirected
late chances, but it was all circumstantial evidence. Both sides had harboured
sound intentions of landing a decisive blow; it was just the execution that
left you screaming blue murder.
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Bradford banish memory of Old Trafford
Peter Gardner, Electronic Telegraph
IT clearly became a case of patching up and drying up at Valley Parade yesterday.
Bradford bolted the back door after Manchester United had rushed through
with four in a final 15-minute Boxing Day flourish; Everton appeared incapable
of bursting the proverbial paper bag following their five-goal savaging of
Sunderland at Goodison Park the same day.
Yet both sides created sufficient chances for either to have won convincingly
enough, Everton monopolising a wretched first half, City taking the honours
in a more entertaining second when they squandered four splendid opportunities
in a game otherwise devoid of few genuine highs.
Paul Jewel, the Bradford manager, maintained: "It was vital to keep a clean
sheet after the result at Old Trafford although the scoreline there didn't
do us justice. While we didn't play particularly well against Everton, a
point was pleasing and it may prove vital at the end of the season."
His opposite number Walter Smith, who allowed Kevin Campbell, his nine-goal
leading scorer, to be with his wife at the birth of their son, was equally
satisfied at a point that takes the Premiership unbeaten run to seven points
from three games.
Bradford's survival chances now hinge on their ability to retain the same
defensive resilience revealed yesterday although there remains an urgent
need for greater awareness in the final third.
Rarely will they have a better opportunity to improve on a wretched home
scoring return of just nine goals in as many matches as they had against
Everton who clearly lacked the killer touch of the absent Campbell.
His replacement, the American striker Joe-Max Moore, missed a fourth minute
moment of glory on his first Premiership start when failing in a one-on-one
situation with Matthew Clarke. Moore was again wasteful on the half-hour
when shooting over, and Nick Barmby was equally careless in similar fashion
while Francis Jeffers was twice denied by the alertness of Clarke.
Bradford's second-half domination began when winger Lee Sharpe finally lofted
in a splendid ball which saw Dean Saunders force a splendid save from Paul
With the home-side choosing to go wide, balls played in from the flanks saw
Lee Mills strike the foot of a post as well as heading wide from an excellent
position. Dean Windass shot narrowly over with a long-range attempt. Overall
the draw was justified.