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Saturday, August 14, 1999 Published at 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK


Bradford salvage point late on

Beagrie: Crucial penalty late in game

Bradford 1-1 Sheff Wed

Premiership new boys Bradford are making a habit of salvaging games with late goals.


BBC Radio's Stuart Hall: "It was a tenacious fight midfield"
A week after the Bantams claimed a last-gasp Dean Saunders winner at Middlesbrough, an 89th-minute Peter Beagrie penalty earned them a point.

Niclas Alexandersson brought down Beagrie and his right-foot spot-kick beat Kevin Pressman.

Paul Jewell's side looked on course for defeat in front of a sell-out Valley Parade crowd after the unfortunate John Dreyer had put through his own goal six minutes from the break.

They were short of ideas until the introduction of Saunders just after the hour, with the Welsh international's presence galvanising a side who had previously ran into a brick wall.

Wednesday's switch to a three-man central defence had played its part although manager Danny Wilson was forced into the switch when Andy Hinchcliffe was stretchered off after a clash of heads.

Carbone returns to dominate

The Owls boss had initially made three changes before kick-off in the wake of two season-opening defeats.

Goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek was replaced by Pressman while Wim Jonk and contract rebel Benito Carbone were also back.

Unsurprisingly, it was the Italian's presence which spurred Wednesday on, the striker becoming the obvious outlet for almost everything which passed for an attack.

The three clearest chances in the opening half-hour were either started or finished by Carbone.

After two minutes a surprise 25-yard left-foot drive nearly caught Walsh unawares, while the 29th saw Carbone use his right to force a save.

Italian creator

In between, he twice turned creator, with Sweden international winger Alexandersson the beneficiary of his stylish services.

Carbone picked out Alexandersson at the far post in the eighth minute with a left-wing cross.

But placement instead of power was the chosen finish, allowing Walsh to smother the shot.

Carbone's artistry instigated another move midway through the half, a pass to De Bilde in turn picking out Alexandersson whose edge-of-the-area curler could only find the midriff of Walsh.

Only a last ditch goal-line clearance by Lawrence prevented Carbone celebrating his 28th birthday in style, ultimately to be ruined by Gallagher's late decision.

The result leaves Bradford unbeaten after two games, while the Owls are still searching for their first win, with their first point unlikely to prove any consolation.

Teams:

Bradford: Walsh, Halle, Wetherall, Dreyer, Jacobs, Lawrence, Redfearn, Whalley, Beagrie, Windass, Mills. Subs: Myers, Clarke, O'Brien, Moore, Saunders.

Sheff Wed: Pressman, Atherton, Thome, Walker, Newsome, Hinchcliffe, Jonk, Rudi, Alexandersson, Carbone, De Bilde. Subs: Booth, Donnelly, Cresswell, Briscoe, Srnicek.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)



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