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"A comfortable win for Everton"
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Saturday, 15 April, 2000, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Bantams slump at Goodison

John Collins
Everton 4-0 Bradford

Bradford lost away again leaving them with little chance of Premiership survival.

Everton were two up early on through Mark Pembridge and a David Unsworth penalty.

And the home team added a third after the break from Nicky Barmby with John Collins belting in the fourth in the dying minutes.

It was a cruise as they continued to make all the right noises about a potential place in the InterToto Cup.

But in all honesty, they rarely had to raise themselves anywhere near top gear.

Match facts
2 mins - Pembridge gives Everton early lead
15 mins - Unsworth converts penalty to make it two
54 mins - Barmby scores to stretch lead
82 mins - Collins compounds Bradford's misery

After the match, deflated Bradford boss Paul Jewell said: "We must remain positive, we must believe we can do it.

"But it's hard for me to come out after games and say the right things.

"The players are gutted, and I've felt better. But we have to look to the next game now on Good Friday at home to Derby. That's a real day of reckoning, considering the position we are both in."

Everton were even able to bring back Francis Jeffers in the last 10 minutes, the youngster having missed a couple of months with knee trouble.

Everton fans gave a rousing reception to the galaxy of ex-Goodison Park stars employed at Bradford - goalkeeping coach Neville Southall, Stuart McCall and Peter Beagrie.

But, the pre-match pleasantries over, Everton scored with their first attack in one minute, 14 seconds.

A sweeping move started on the right with Don Hutchison, and continued across the field via Stephen Hughes, youngster Phil Jevons and then into Mark Pembridge's path as he raced in on the left to drill a low shot into the far corner off Matt Clarke's hands.

We must remain positive, we must believe we can do it

Bradford boss Paul Jewell

David Weir struck a post with an unopposed header from 10 yards before Everton were two ahead on 15 minutes.

Hutchison fed the ball into Jevons' path as he ran into the box. The youngster pushed it wide of Clarke, and then tumbled over the keeper's dive. Unsworth drove home the spot-kick.

Bradford showed a desire to scrap, though, and were unlucky when Dean Saunders just failed to scramble home a Robbie Blake cross and then when Beagrie cracked a 20-yarder just over.

Despite the ensuing Everton onslaught, Bradford kept running - particularly the veteran Saunders - and one of his curling crosses from the left was met by Gunnar Halle, who drove his cross-shot wide of the far post.

The pattern was the same after the break however, and Everton grabbed their third after 54 minutes.

Bradford had several attempts at goal only to see Everton's lead extend to four when Collins scored with six minutes to go.


Everton: Gerrard, Xavier, Weir, Unsworth, Collins, Barmby, Hutchison, Pembridge, S. Hughes, Jevons, M. Hughes. Subs: Ball, Dunne, Cadamarteri, Jeffers, Simonsen.

Bradford: Clarke, Halle, Wetherall, O'Brien, Jacobs, Blake, Beagrie, McCall, Sharpe, Windass, Saunders. Subs: Westwood, Whalley, Rankin, Dreyer, Davison.

Referee: P Alcock (Halstead)

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