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The BBC's Ron Jones
"Bradford were well organised and stubborn in defence"
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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 20:26 GMT
Leeds take Yorkshire pride
Leeds' Ian Harte made no mistake from the spot

Leeds 2-1 Bradford

A flick from Alan Smith and an Ian Harte penalty gave Leeds a deserved win in the first West Yorkshire derby in the top flight.

Dean Windass pulled a goal back at the end but it was not enough despite three more minutes of injury time.

The home side were the better side throughout, although they had to wait until the second half for the goals.


I thought we played good football and ran out worthy winners.
David O'Leary
Smith diverted a Michael Bridges shot over Bradford keeper Matt Clarke in the 54th minute.

And Clarke brought down Lee Bowyer on the edge of his area with ten minutes go.

Harte stepped up confidently to smash the spot kick home, before Windass gave the Bantams unfulfilled hope.

Leeds were missing Australian star Harry Kewell, who was prevented from playing by world football's governing body.

For Kewell it ended a run of 75 successive appearances in the first team, although Leeds boss David O'Leary had said he was injured anyway.

Bantams' Redfearn and Leeds' Batty got their kicks from the game
Stephen McPhail was switched to the left with Norwegian Erik Bakke brought in on the right, where Leeds tried to attack their former record signing Lee Sharpe in the left back position.

The former Manchester United player was equal to the task, with Michael Bridges prevented from shooting by a timely challenge.

Bakke tried a drive which was only just over the bar, and followed it later in the half with two more, which Bradford keeper Matt Clarke saved.

Smith hit the woodwork with a right wing cross but it was left to unmarked Leeds skipper Lucas Radebe to head the best chance of the half straight at the Bradford keeper with less than a minute to go.

Match facts here
45 mins: Radebe wastes Leeds best chance
54 mins: Smith flicks it in
80 mins: Harte from the spot
90: Windass offers hope
The visitors' threat was limited apart from one occasion when Nigel Martyn was forced into a brilliant save from Peter Beagrie's firm header after good work from Dean Windass.

Leeds began to take more control in the second half, and although they deserved the lead, the manner in which it came was harsh on Bradford.

Bridges shot from outside the area on the Leeds right, and Smith was able to just get the slightest of touches to loop the ball over Clarke.

Much of the game was being played in typical derby fashion with David Batty and Stuart McCall in typically combative moods for the hometown clubs they have returned to in their thirties.


We only lost this game to a deflected goal and a penalty, so I'm not disappointed.
Bradford's Paul Jewell
And although Weatherall headed a free chance over midway through the first half, it was Leeds who carried the greater threat.

Clarke handed them the chance of a two-goal cushion by charging out to bring down Lee Bowyer in the closing stages.

And Harte stepped up to seal the win from the spot as the form book prevailed on derby day at Elland Road.

Jamie Lawrence wasted a glorious chance to halve the deficit late on, before Windass broke free and shot around Martyn to give Bradford a more respectable scoreline on a ground where they have never won.

Teams:

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Woodgate, Radebe, Harte, Bakke, Batty, Bowyer, McPhail, Smith, Bridges. Subs: Hopkin, Huckerby, Mills, Duberry, Robinson.

Bradford: Clarke, Halle, Wetherall, O'Brien, Sharpe, Lawrence, Windass, McCall, Redfearn, Beagrie, Mills. Subs: Myers, Westwood, Blake, Whalley, Walsh.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset
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