Everton 4 - 0 Bradford City
Half-time: 2 - 0
FA Carling Premiership 1999-2000 Game 34
3pm Saturday 15 April 2000
Goodison Park, Merseyside
Everton's attacking options were further reduced with Joe-Max Moore
sustaining an injury
at Filbert Street, so Walter Smith finally gave Phil Jevons a
Premiership start. Richard Gough also missed
the match, but Don Hutchison passed a late fitness test. Mark Hughes returned to the squad after his suspension last week and
Francis Jeffers was on the bench after a seven-week layoff with an
Bradford, boasting ex-Blues Peter
Beagrie, Stuart McCall, and keeper-coach Neville
Southall among their ranks, soon fell behind thanks to a clever flick-on
from Everton's young reserves star, putting in Pembridge for the first goal
after just 74 s. Jevons later broke into the area but was was felled by the
keeper and Unsworth strode up to power in his 7th penalty of the season.
The first half continued to be open and flowing, but many promising moves
failed due to poor touches or wayward passes, with Barmby, Collins, Jevons
and Pembridge all at fault despite appearing to work hard.
In the second
half, Everton confirmed their superiority with a well-constructed goal from
Barmby, and then relaxed so much that it seemed Bradford would get back in
it, with Gerrard making an amazing double-save at one point. But
repeated if casual attacks finally brought the just reward when Collins
powered a rebound curling away from Clarke into the roof of the net.
first clean sheet in 10 games for Gerrard, who looked more confident, and
did more sensible thrown clearances which allowed Everton to build from the
back. And on the discipline front, the fourth card-free match in a row for Everton.
nice confidence-builder for Good Friday? Or a warning that if Everton
play like this against Liverpool, we will be slaughtered?
Pembridge (2') Unsworth (pen:16'), Barmby (55'), Collins
Subs Not Used
Gerrard, Xavier (75' Ball), Weir, Unsworth (46' Dunne), Collins, Barmby,
Hutchison, Pembridge, S Hughes, Jevons, M Hughes (80' Jeffers).
Unavailable: Moore, Gough, Cleland, Campbell,
Williamson (injured); Myhre (on loan).
Clarke, Halle, Wetherall, O'Brien, Jacobs (66' Dreyer), Blake,
Beagrie, McCall, Sharpe, Windass, Saunders (57' Rankin).
Westwood, Whalley, Davison.
Royal Blue shirts; white shorts; blue socks.
Claret & amber shirts; amber shorts; amber socks.
O'Brien (50'), Wetherall (74')
Like most, I was pretty surprised to see that Jevons had finally managed to
get a start. I thought Cada would be given the nod with Franny back on
the bench after his hour outing in mid-week. Still, it made the trip
up from Southampton a wee bit more interesting.
After an immaculately observed minute's silence in respect of the Hillsborough
disaster 11 years ago today, we kicked-off at 3:06 towards the Park End and
almost immediately, a good ball from deep within our half almost ran through
for Hughes the elder. A little too much weight on the pass coupled
with a little too little pace by our elder statesman and the ball went
through to Clarke in the Bradford goal.
Still, didn't have to wait long for the breakthrough. Hutch again
involved, his cross field pass found Hughes the younger who tapped a quick
pass towards Jevons on the edge of the box. The youngster produced a
delightful little clip into space on the left for Pembridge who was steaming
in. All I caught was the number 12 on the back, and my first thought
was "oh no..." but surprise surprise, good volley into the bottom
of the net and one up in a minute and a half.
We seemed to relax after the goal, and for the next 10-15 minutes,
Bradford had the greater possession although they did nothing that
threatened us at all. Then suddenly an Everton break found Jevons
haring into the box. He pushed the ball past Clarke and was going
after it when the keeper dived foolishly, clipping Jevons' trailing
Up stepped Unsworth and sent the keeper the wrong way cool as you like.
2-0 and we were coasting. Coasting a little too much methinks.
Bradford's response was immediate as they carved out their first real
opportunity. Good play on their right and poor marking on our part
allowed a cross into the 6-yd area falling perfectly for Saunders. Had
to be a goal, but Gerrard saved brilliantly, flinging himself to his right
and blocking the shot. Xavier completed the clearance, hooking the
ball to safety while it was still bobbling around in the 6 yard box.
At 2-1, the game would have still had to be won; but at 2-0, Bradford
heads were dropping lower and lower. Still time in the half for Weir
to hit the post with a monster header after Hughes the elder had rescued a
poorly played corner. Normal Pembridge service was also resumed as he
skyed a gift of a chance which fell to him after Mark Hughes (afforded way
too much time in the Bradford area) turned and shot but it was only parried
by the Bradford keeper. Half-Time 2-0.
Dunne replaced Unsworth at the start of the second half after a bad clash
in the latter part of the first half left him with a "bruised lower
shin" (according to MotD). The second half started much
the same way the first ended. A bit of aimless passing and strong
tackling, with moves petering out before they had even started.
Jevons, (who'd looked like he was a little overawed by the whole occasion
in the first half despite his contributions to both goals) was very
quiet. Both Hugheses, Pembridge and Collins were working away diligently
without much progress until suddenly a quick ball played Barmby through on
goal and his classy finish put the nail in the Bradford coffin.
From then on, it was party stuff. The fancy flicks, the quick turn
and runs, the one-touch passes were all evident. Barmby especially was
in his element, and some of the chances he created deserved better
finishes. Hughes the elder had two chances which he sent into the
stands, and Barmby himself shot straight at the keeper on another
Someone should tell Weir not to try them fancy flicks though. His
poor imitation at tricking his way out of danger nearly resulted in a
Bradford goal. Blake did well but his shot was straight at Gerrard,
Dunne completing the clearance. Blake had another effort well saved at
the near post by Gerrard, who saved his best save for last when he had to
recover from his first spooned attempt to clear from McCall's first
In between all that, Xavier managed to twist something and eventually
went off for Ball after breaking down no less than 3 times. He
struggled to make the block on McCall's shot and should have gone off
earlier. Collins, already in his unfamiliar left-back role, was pushed onto
even more uncharted territory on the right and received a great reception
from the Bullens as he took his place up.
Jeffers was then introduced back on 80 minutes, replacing Hughes the
elder, and was clearly delighted to be partnering his old Youth team partner
in Jevons. Jevons, free from the worries of being substituted, came
more into it in the final minutes. The Jeffers of old seemed to be
back though, and he was full of running for the 10 minutes that he was
And there was still time for one last goal. Barmby's cross from the right
went off the heel of a Bradford defender and fell perfectly for Collins
who's left foot shot rocketed into the roof of the net. He was clearly
delighted, and his goal simply capped a tremendous all-round performance
from him today. What was more interesting in the light of the
Hutch-Collins disputes was the equally delighted response of Hutch.
Minutes later, it could have been five as a Collins effort sailed no more
than half a foot over. Full-Time 4-0.
- Gerrard 7 Didn't have much to do, but saved well when he
had too. Spooned one shot which led to a good double save.
- Xavier 6 After all the criticism he gets, I was expecting
a poor performance, but thought that he was steady if
- Collins 9 What can you say? He's suddenly found
some form at last. Class with every touch, even at right
back. Deserved his goal, and his comments on MotD seemed to
indicate that his upcoming chat with Walt will be brief.
- Weir 6 Not one of his better performances.
- Unsworth 7 One good crunching tackle late in the first
half epitomises his spirit. All this with his injury too. He
must have taken some persuading to be taken off at HT.
- Barmby 8 Did his England chances no harm at all.
Full of incisive running and a good goal to boot.
- Pembridge 7 Severely underrated, but he ran his heart out
today. The poor man's Barry Horne is starting to stick.
- S Hughes 7 My first time watching him, and I have to say,
he's looking the part. Good intelligent passes, definitely one to
look out for next season.
- Hutchison 8 Will he stay or will he go? On this
evidence, his salary request doesn't look all that unreasonable.
The question is whether he can turn it on more consistently.
- M Hughes 7 Worked hard all day. I'm of the
impression that he's the man who could be the making of Jevons.
Speaking of which...
- Jevons 7 I think he can be happy with his debut.
Involved in two goals and he lasted 90 minutes. Showed enough to
suggest that he can be more than useful cover next season, but also that
his confidence is a little shaky. Needs to work harder when things
aren't running for him and not to take each mistake as a killer blow to
his chance of making it.
- Dunne 6 Did nothing wrong, and covered for Weir well on
at least one occasion.
- Ball 6 Again, did nothing wrong.
- Jeffers 7 Showed sparks of the form we know he's capable
Behold the Gulf in Cass
A nostalgic day lay ahead, with past idols on show at Goodison today.
But it wasn't the idols of yesteryear who had paraded for the Millennium
awards earlier in the season: no this was the parade of those from more
recent times. Ahead of the game, one of the three, Peter Beagrie has
publicly announced his feelings for the club. His true footballing
home, a place where football lived and breathed.
Another was Neville Southall, a larger than life figure in his heyday, a
larger than anything figure today. The last of those on show was
Stuart McCall, who after strutting his stuff at Bradford, came to Goodison
on his was to Glasgow Rangers and then back to his roots at Bradford.
Of the three, Nev was to receive the most rapturous welcome as he led out
the Bradford keepers for the pre-match warm up. For there he is the
Goalkeeping coach, a position at Goodison he once declined.
Yet the most poignant moment was the minute's silence remembering the
those who lost their lives at Hillsborough in '89 and Bradford in '85.
More recent remembrances were announced for the Leeds fans murdered recently
in Istanbul. Paul Alcock sounded his whistle to start the minute and
the sounds of those in the streets around the ground and the odd cough
apart, it was observed impeccably.
Then it was time for the game.
The minute's silence over, the teams lined up. First shock was to
see Collins lining up at left back. True he played there at Chelsea,
but not a sight I expected at Goodison. The next shock was a
goal. I recently opined the fact that we'd lost our taste for scoring
early on, instead preferring to let others have that honour. Today it
was back to the way things should be, as a terrific move down the right saw
the ball feed in to Jevons, a touch to Pembridge and in less than two
minutes the Welsh wizard had put us 1-0 up. Crisp, delightful football and
this in front of TV cameras, too!
Phil Jevons was looking lively on his home Premiership debut, the whole
team seemed to be capable of delivering passes to anywhere on the
field. It was a delight to watch and then on fifteen minutes a ball
through the defence saw Jevons in space. He picked up the ball inside
the box, but was drifting to the right of the goal. The goalkeeper
probably needed only to stay on his feet to effect a save, but instead he
tried to dive through Jevons.
The result was inevitable as the youngster went crashing to the
turf. Mr Alcock has no option but to give a penalty. Dave
Unsworth stepped up and coolly slotted it to the keeper's right: 2-0 and it
looked like a procession towards the Bradford goal was on the cards.
For the rest of the half we tried, but failed to extend the lead.
Weir had already hit the post by the time Pembridge skied his second chance
high and left of the goal. Jevons and Mark Hughes had both gone
But Bradford had had their moments too, with Halle blasting wide and
Gerrard making a stunning save on the line from Saunders. During
another Bradford attack Unsworth had stepped in to clear the ball and as he
pushed it clear McCall tried to get in a block. The attempt was
ineffective as far as stopping the clearance was concerned, but was
completely effective in damaging the Rhino. A couple of minutes
treatment on and off the field saw him return to the centre of defence but
the whistle for half-time (2-0) saw and end to his contribution.
The second half saw Richard Dunne emerge in Unsworth's centre-back
position. No organisational switches meant an opportunity for more of
the same. But Bradford were nothing if not triers. But triers
were all they were.
Any opportunity to score was squandered and yet again the brilliance of
Gerrard when it comes to making difficult saves had to be admired. One
double save in particular, when he had no right to make the second was top
drawer stuff. How does he make the howlers he sometimes does and yet
still manage to have the whole ground rise in admiration at other
times? But that's what makes the game so enthralling isn't it?
Another attack saw Bradford repel the blues, only to almost see
themselves the good effort they'd put in. A short headed backpass to
the keeper looked as though it posed no danger but Barmby nipped in almost
'nicking' the ball and finding the empty net. A reward for Barmby was
only moments away though, as a defence splitting through ball from Steven
Hughes found Barmby in space and this time he wasn't to be denied as a low
drive found the net. 3-0.
Xavier left the field of play having seemingly twisted an ankle. He
came back for a short while but was unable to carry on. A short farce
as he waited for the stretcher to take him off wasted enough time for
Michael Ball to take of his tracksuit for the second time (he'd been ready
to come on at the time of Xavier's original injury). This change
caused a reshuffle at the back. Ball slotted in a left back and John
Collins, who'd been a revelation at left back, switched to the right, taking
up Xavier's place.
He seemed to revel in the change. True he cut in to move the ball
on to his left foot, but he still found time and space to mesmerise the
opposition. His tackling was decisive, his passing incisive. His
goal was a peach. A left foot rocket from the edge of the box.
Absolute perfection. 4-0.
Jeffers had come on to replace Mark Hughes, a youthful pairing up front
the result. Was their combined ages less than the age of the man
Jeffers had replaced? Maybe. You could see that they'd played
together so often before. One piece of play down the right involving
both of them, Barmby, Hutchison and Collins was the beautiful game at its
best. Sadly no goal came from it, but it bodes well for the future. T
he final whistle brought a standing ovation from the crowd.
We were very good today. Bradford were very poor. The gulf in
class was enormous. The next game will be less one-sided, but I'm
ready for it now. Today has uplifted me. Today we showed we're
Man of the Match: John Collins
Player ratings (by Erling Saevik)
- Gerrard 7 - Made at least two top class saves. One in the first
half from Saunders that he somehow managed to keep out and a double-save
in the second were he kept out Blake and Rankin. From what I've
seen there's not much in it between him and Myhre. I think we
should stick with Gerrard and see what money we can get for Myhre.
Should at least get us £2M.
- Xavier 6 - He's actually a quality player – international for
Portugal and all. Very good passing the ball – usually got the
ball to another player in blue. Did OK today – nothing
outstanding just did his job. Got injured after repeatedly getting
- Weir 7 - Class defending today. Hit the post in the first half
and looked our best defender on the day.
- Unsworth 7 - Campbell must be getting worried he'll lose his
top-scorer title the way this is going. Made one last-gasp tackle
to prevent Saunders getting through and was solid as long as he was
on. McCall missed the ball when trying to shoot in the first half
– instead hitting Unsworth. He did partly recover but Dunne
started the second half in his place. Rather worrying all these
- Collins 6 - Played left back for an hour – then switched to
right back! Did OK in both positions. I thought he did OK
not more. Scored a good goal after a (good) cross from Barmby was
intercepted into his path. Almost got an even better goal on 90
minutes as he curled a left footer inches over.
- Pembridge 6 - Played center midfield today and had a reasonable
game. Should have scored twice but settled for one in the
end. Did his fair share winning the ball – but also lost it a
few times. Not exactly Olivier Dacourt...
- Hutchison 8 - If we have one player able to control the
midfield it is Hutch. I've always thought he's too slow but his
ball-control is really so good that it doesn't really matter. When
he's on the ball you simply expect something to happen. Give him
whatever he wants. Simple as that.
- Steven Hughes 7 - Had a good game. Actually looks a class
player against this kind of opposition. Set up Barmby for his goal
and got better and better as the game wore on.
- Barmby 9 - Man of the match. Player of the season.
Shear class whoever the opposition. Has got a brilliant touch and
is on top of his game. A must for England you should have
thought. Took his goal brilliantly and looked dangerous
- Jevons 7 - Promising. A bit of nerves in the first half
but got better and better and looked like a mini-Hutch in the end.
After two minutes he made his mark – playing a brilliant pass for
Pembridge to run onto and score. Then on 15 minutes he gets a pass
from Barmby (?) and takes the ball in his stride before getting
clattered by Clarke in the Bradford goal. Penalty. Hasn't got too
much pace but neither has Hutch...
- Mark Hughes 5 - Slow, bad touch, keeps giving away free
kicks. Yeah he's pretty much the same player he was for a year at
Southampton. So no miraculous change has taken place - obviously
something Smith thought would happen. OK he does give us a
physical presence up front but really if he's not good enough against
Bradford then who is he good enough to play against? Watford seems
to be the answer to that one I think. £15k a week? Hutch! Oh despair.
- Dunne 6 - Did alright in the center alongside Weir. Good
in the air.
- Ball 6 - Wasn't on for too long.
- Jeffers 8 - OK just played for 10 minutes but shows his obvious
class – running with the ball, passing, turning defenders. He's back
As usual, Walter managed to come up with a team selection and formation that
none of us would have second-guessed. Don Hutchison was available after an
injury scare but the real surprises were in seeing Phil Jevons line up
alongside Mark Hughes, and John Collins playing left back. The full line up
was Gerrard in goal with a flat back four of Xavier, Weir, Unsworth and
Collins, a midfield of Barmby, Hutchison, Pembridge and Hughes, and Jevons
and Mark Hughes up front. A youthful, but nonetheless talented bench was
made up of Simonsen, Ball, Dunne, Jeffers and Cadamarteri.
the season we had the happy knack of scoring goals early in the game. This
was an art we seemed to have lost but today we rediscovered it. Within the
first two minutes we constructed a neat passing movement down the right hand
flank. Hutchison, Barmby and Steven Hughes were involved before Hughes
passed the ball into Jevons who, with his first proper touch of the match,
provided a neat little layoff into the path of Mark Pembridge who finished
emphatically. It was a moment that Pembridge clearly enjoyed and one that he
has earned with his recent displays.
It was soon clear that we were
going to dominate this match. Bradford, whilst not being as poor as Watford,
were clearly a very limited Premiership team. Within 15 minutes we were
two ahead. Another Stephen Hughes pass put Jevons clear into the area, he
was going away from the goal but managed to push it past the onrushing
'keeper who then came right through Jevons. A clear penalty. Unsworth
converted with his customary aplomb (he really is rather good at this
In many ways that killed the game off. A nagging doubt
always remains of "What if Bradford get one back?"
hesitancy at the back always gave them a glimmer of hope with Paul Gerrard
being called on to make a number of fine saves. But we continued to press
forward with intent, Weir saw a header come back off the foot of a post and
Pembridge managed to waft a glorious chance over the bar. Despite the
scares, the feeling was of Everton control.
Unsworth had been injured
in the first half and he was replaced at half time by Richard Dunne. This
didn't bring about any discernible change to the game; we continued to look
dangerous going forward and continued to look occasionally shaky at the
back. The goals to see off any chance of a Bradford revival eventually came.
Barmby finished off yet another fine Everton movement with a confident
finish and late on John Collins scored with a thumping shot into the top
left hand corner.
All-in-all this was an accomplished display by
Everton. The quality of our passing and of our attacking play was the
best I'd seen in a good while. Yes, we have to acknowledge how poor Bradford
were and how much time and space they seemed to give us in midfield, but
that shouldn't detract from how professionally we went about our work.
Gerrard 7 A number of notable saves but also the usual concerns over
dominating his area and collecting crosses.
- Xavier 6 Not totally
convincing at right back but doing OK.
- Collins 8 Continuing his
rich vein of form. Not phased by playing at left back, never exposed,
tackled well and used the ball intelligently. Well taken and well deserved
goal which he clearly enjoyed.
- Unsworth 7 Had done well until he had
to go off injured, one great last ditch tackle when he was struggling with
- Weir 7 Probably not at his most commanding but an
accomplished display none the less.
- Barmby 8 Lively and dangerous as
- Hutchison 7 A timely reminder of what he can contribute, his
passing ability adds another dimension to our midfield play, particularly
when he has the movement of the likes of Barmby and Hughes to work with.
- Pembridge 8 Another hard working, industrious performance that was
capped with a well taken goal. Always getting himself involved and keeps
- Hughes S 7 His best performance yet. A number of
incisive passes and lots of running and tackling back (which I'm sure will
have pleased Walter). Definitely getting there.
- Hughes M 7 Another who
put in his best performance yet. Lots of intelligent running and linked the
play well. For all the talk of his "thuggish" tendencies he's yet
to display any of it at Goodison Park - yes he's physical in that he uses
his body a lot but there's no sign of studs being left in or anything. Take
as you find I always reckon and in the abscence of Kevin Campbell he's doing
a fine job for us.
- Jevons 7 An encouraging debut. A lovely little
layoff for the first goal and throughout his passing was good, his
movement intelligent and he showed good awareness of what was going on
around him. On first impressions (which could of course be proved incorrect)
he seems to lack the star-quality of Jeffers but he looks to be a better
footballer than Cadamarteri.
- Dunne 7 Came on for Unsworth and
looked assured and competent.
- Ball 6 Came on for the hobbling Xavier
and barely got involved.
- Jeffers 6 Got 10 minutes, and probably would
have been more if we hadn't needed to have used the substitutions for
injuries. Looked lively and showed some good touches - just needs games now.
Team 7 The best team performance in quite a while. Going forward we
looked lively and some of the passing movements were a delight to watch. We
weren't so secure at the back, though, and were occasionally embarassed,
let's hope that the returning Richard Gough sorts that out.
Man of the
match - Mark Pembridge.
Jewell's warriors losing battle to stay up
Derick Allsop, Electronic Telegraph
THEY are going now with not so much as a whimper. All the fight, the
defiance, the desire has been gnawed away from Bradford City and their
latest capitulation has hastened their inevitable fate.
Everton may have empathised with Bradford as the Yorkshire club sought to
repel the threat of relegation, but clearly they did not sympathise.
Walter Smith's team, enjoying a rare season of top-half of the table
comfort, were two up in 16 minutes and the gates of the First Division were
opening wider for Bradford.
Philip Jevons, a 20-year-old home-town boy, produced important assists
for the goals, the first dispatched by Mark Pembridge, the second a penalty
scored by David Unsworth.
Bradford had Dean Saunders, that old conjurer of improbable goals, back
in the side for a match they hoped might provide encouragement of an act of
Paul Jewell's team began the day six points adrift of fourth-bottom club
Wimbledon, whose recent slump offered a glimpse of optimism for Bradford.
Everton took the opportunity to give Jevons his first Premiership start
in attack alongside Mark Hughes, available after suspension. Don Hutchison,
recovered from a knee injury, was in midfield but John Collins was given the
captaincy and the position of left-back, in the absence of Richard Gough.
Francis Jeffers, out for eight matches with an ankle injury, and Danny
Cadamarteri were among the substitutes.
Jevons made an instant impact, throwing himself into a block tackle to
demonstrate his commitment and then displaying a deft touch to lay on the
opening goal for Pembridge in just 100 seconds.
Peter Beagrie's jinking style is familiar here but still elusive and he
earned a corner to give Everton their first moment of anxiety. David
Wetherall headed goalwards, but the ball came back off a wall of defenders.
David Weir had a post to curse for stopping his header, after 14 minutes.
The defender rose unchallenged to meet Stephen Hughes's centre.
It was a mere reprieve for Bradford. Hutchison sent Jevons on a run
behind Bradford's back line and the young player lured Matthew Clarke into
the foolhardy challenge like a veteran. The goalkeeper duly paid with a
penalty, and Unsworth converted.
Bradford might have been back in contention a minute later. Robbie Blake
wriggled to the goalline and pulled the ball back towards Saunders, who
could not quite find the leverage to defy Paul Gerrard's attentions.
Everton fashioned the best move of the first half and only Pembridge will
know how he failed to finish it with the goal it deserved. Hutchison linked
with Jevons, Nick Barmby delivered the cross, Mark Hughes's shot was saved
by Clarke and Pembridge skied the rebound.
Jevons glanced a header wide as Bradford were again exposed. A volley
from Gunnar Halle was close to Everton's goal, but not close enough, and
Jevons almost completed the half with a goal of his own. Barmby drilled in Everton's third, from Stephen Hughes's pass, after 55
minutes, and Collins made it four six minutes from the end.
Bradford dream dies
by Steve Curry, The Sunday Times
BRADFORD CITY'S Premiership dream is surely over. The final, flickering
flame of hope was doused yesterday by Everton and the Yorkshire club's first
league visit to Goodison Park for 69 years is likely to be their last for
the foreseeable future. In reality, it took just 104 seconds for Everton to
dampen the embers and if this was not a surrender by Bradford, then why was
everybody looking for a white flag? In the end it was almost embarrassingly
one-sided. Bradford must have realised this match offered a possible escape
route, for it would have reduced the margin between themselves and
Wimbledon, who meet Liverpool today, to three points.
Even that possibility did not galvanise them into anything other than a
performance that suggested they are resigned to their fate. The anticipated
clenched-teeth, blood and guts battle did not materialise.
Yet manager Paul Jewell refused to concede. "We have a bigger
mountain to climb now than we had a week ago," he said. "But we
have to believe we can climb it. But I have to say they were cantering at the
Everton, indeed, might easily have doubled their score and for sustained
periods were conducting themselves like players in a testimonial.
Jewell, whose Scouse accent remains as strong as any among the 30,646
crowd yesterday, has toiled with distinction to bring his side to this level
and within the constraints of his budget he bought players of experience in
the hope they would rekindle their appetite. Sadly, Dean Saunders and Lee
Sharpe were peripheral figures, though in truth the action was happening
where Gunnar Halle and David Wetherall were finding the going just as tough.
Everton were to underline to Bradford that there is merit still in
producing your own talent. They gave a full Premiership debut to a young
striker, Philip Jevons, just 20 years old. In the continued absence of Kevin
Campbell, he partnered Mark Hughes who was already an apprentice at
Manchester United when Jevons was born. The youngster was to play a decisive
part in the victory, providing the final pass for the first goal and winning
a penalty for the second.
"He has been playing well in the reserves and needed the extra
challenge of the first team. He has developed well since I have been at the
club and has deserved his opportunity," said his manager, Walter Smith.
Certainly, Bradford could have done with somebody of his energy and
awareness of space for they never ruffled an Everton defence reverting to a
back four to handle their wingers, Peter Beagrie and Sharpe.
It was the worst possible start for Bradford, with Everton slicing
through them after one minute and 14 seconds. Don Hutchison started the move
and Jevons provided the telling pass for Mark Pembridge to drive home.
When keeper Matthew Clarke pulled down Jevons in the 15th minute, the
youngster making the most of his fall, David Unsworth left Bradford with an
impossible mission by scoring from the penalty.
Everton were able to squander a whole catalogue of opportunities, though
it must be said Saunders and Halle had sharp chances themselves to get City
back into the game. When Nick Barmby drove home Stephen Hughes' through ball
in the 55th minute, you could almost see Bradford wilt.
They made a gesture and Paul Gerrard needed to make a fine double save
from old Evertonian Stuart McCall and substitute Isaiah Rankin to keep his
clean sheet. As it was, it was John Collins who stepped forward from his
emergency full-back position to round off the emphatic win from the edge of
"We need to find seven points from somewhere if we are to have any
chance of survival now," admitted Jewell. Frankly, you can't see where
they might come from.
Hutchinson leads Everton masterclass
by Richard Slater, The Independent
Put bluntly, Bradford are doomed. In a performance lacking any of the
attributes required by those fighting for their footballing futures –
spirit, determination, aggression – they rolled over with barely a whimper
of resistance against a well-oiled Everton machine, driven expertly by
contract renegade Don Hutchison.
Even before his side took the lead – after precisely 83 seconds –
Hutchison showed how valuable an asset he will be to whichever club he finds
himself at next season. A fine ball, fractionally over-hit, from deep in his
own half almost set Mark Hughes free on goal. His next, however, found the
other Hughes, Stephen, on the left and he slipped a ball into the path of
Mark Pembridge, who slotted firmly past the Bradford goalkeeper, Matt
Paul Jewell, the Bradford manager, must be growing weary of such
unpromising starts to away fixtures; he certainly appeared so after the game
despite attempting to offer a vestige of positivity. "We've given a
goal away in the first five minutes in our last three away games," he
said. "We have to remain hopeful, but it's an even bigger mountain to
It was never going to be anything other than an uphill battle: Bradford
have not tasted victory on their travels since September; they have now lost
six consecutive games; and their last League win at Everton was 91 years
ago. "Our match against Derby on Friday is a must-win game, we have to
get the points from somewhere, we have to believe we can do it," Jewell
added, with more than a hint of resignation.
The crowd in a subdued Goodison Park didn't have long to wait for the
advantage to be doubled. Again Hutchison was involved as he squeezed a pass
through the defence into the path of Phil Jevons, who waited for the
smothering dive of Clarke before simply stumbling over. The penalty was
awarded in what can only be described as an act of generosity by the
referee, Paul Alcock. David Unsworth duly converted.
Such was Everton's dominance an air of complacency briefly flourished,
and Dean Saunders' close-range effort was well blocked by Paul Gerrard in
the Everton goal. "We had a few chances," Jewell noted, "and
if we'd taken one of them at 2-0, it might have turned out
differently." On the balance of play, however, that was never a
Hughes and Hughes, Jevons, in an impressive debut, and a clutch of others
had opportunities to add to the tally prior to the break before Everton
tightened their grip on proceedings after it. Andrew O'Brien's attempted
header back to his keeper was almost pounced on by Barmby then, with the
Bradford defence still seeking to find their shape, Stephen Hughes played a
pass between defenders for Barmby to slam home from 15 yards.
With Hutchison controlling virtually every aspect of the game – he gave
a masterclass in passing – Evertonians were lining up to add the fourth.
Yet they retained the presence of mind to remain patient, keen to develop
openings rather than attempt to bludgeon poor Bradford into submission.
this allowed the visitors the occasional glimpse of goal did not detract
from the superiority being enjoyed and, as if to precis his side's display,
substitute Isaiah Rankin skewed a shot wide from two yards.
Everton, though, were not finished and John Collins beat Clarke with a
drive from the edge of the box. Walter Smith, the Everton manager, said:
"We played well, scored some good goals and deserved to win."
Jewell, not constricted by such modesty, confirmed that the home side won
"at a canter".
Bradford fading beyond salvation
by Stephen Wood, The Times
THE man who often carries a sandwich board parading religious messages
around the precincts of Goodison Park may not meet with much empathy from
the supporters, but his latest theme, of what the future might bring, at
last struck a chord. Forward-thinking was pervasive and, while it inspired
Everton, Bradford City recoiled in fear. It appeared that, to judge by a
performance devoid of discipline or character, Bradford had begun to side
with the prophets of doom who, even last summer, were predicting immediate
relegation from the FA Carling Premiership. "We've got an even bigger
moutain to climb now," Paul Jewell, the manager, said.
Good Friday theatens to be anything but, for Bradford face Derby County
at Valley Parade in a match in which victory, although welcome, cannot now
grant them leave of the bottom three. Jewell made reference to needing seven
more points to save themselves, but, alas, the situation is rather more
serious. Without an away win for seven months, and after six consecutive
defeats, Bradford are officially so poor that even Sheffield Wednesday can
lord it over them.
Everton, on the other hand, can delight in some "remarkable"
statistics. Such was the reaction of Walter Smith, the manager, when he was
told that his patchwork quilt of a team were rivalled only by Manchester
United in the goalscoring stakes.
No matter that it is United who are ahead of them, for it should serve as
further testament to Smith's ability that Everton are in such fine fettle
despite the absence of a transfer budget at the club.
Neville Southall, the former Everton goalkeeper, who returned on Saturday
as a coach with Bradford, was so impressed that he insisted that Smith could
bring the Premiership title to Goodison.
Smith has watched a number of prospective new players recently but those
at present on the premises deserve credit. Everton's football was fluent and
exhilarating at times and, in Phil Jevons, they have another young striker
to rival the talent of Francis Jeffers.
Jevons, 20, created the first goal for Mark Pembridge after a minute, won
the penalty that led to David Unsworth's conversion for the second, and also
had an influence on second-half goals by Nicky Barmby and John Collins.
Don Hutchison appeared full of remorse for the way that he labelled
Everton's offer of a new contract a "disgrace". It is a shame that
Smith refuses to forgive fully the Scotland international, but, while
managers reserve the implicit right to know best, few can argue that Everton
are not in good hands.
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