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"A desperate day on and off the pitch"
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Saturday, 6 May, 2000, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Foxes prompt Bradford slump
Leicester produced a sizzling second-half display
Leicester 3-0 Bradford

A Matthew Elliot brace and a superb strike from Tony Cottee left Bradford's Premiership hopes in tatters at Filbert Street.

Few could argue with the result, though Martin O'Neill's side struggled to gain any momentum in a dull first-half.

The disappointing thing was the way we did not perform. We were not at the races from the first whistle and we got what we deserved.

Bradford boss Paul Jewell
At the break, Bradford looked to have given themselves a lifeline. But three goals in nine minutes in the second period saw them slump against a Leicester side who are ending their campaign on a high.

The visitors, with Dean Saunders a lone striker, struggled to get out of their own half at times and could have been at least one down at half-time.

Matt Clarke pulled off a good reaction save from Muzzy Izzet and David Wetherall made a last-ditch block to deny Matt Elliott while substitute Lee Sharpe's tame lob was Bradford's only effort on target all half.

Three goals in nine minutes shattered Bradford's hopes
It took a blunder from the home side to give Bradford their first sight of goal, Savage failing to control Beagrie's attempted through ball to allow Blake to surge into the area.

But the Bradford forward slipped as he tried to turn Frank Sinclair in the area and the chance was gone.

The home side should then have taken the lead on 41 minutes as the Bradford defence stopped dead appealing for an offside against Cottee as he received the ball in the area from Guppy.

But no flag came from the linesman and Cottee's cross reached Elliott just five yards out but Wetherall managed a vital block on the line.

Rampant Leicester

Neither side made any changes at the break and it was Bradford who stole the first chance of the half.

Saunders did well to find Windass in the box, but the header flew well wide and the home side breathed a sigh of relief.

Beagrie was lucky not to receive a yellow-card after catching Neil Lennon in the eye with a flailing hand.

Paul Jewell must now hope to gain at least a point against Liverpool
And Saunders came close when he nudged the ball past Sinclair, but Arphexad was on hand to deny the Welsh international.

The Bradford support was superb and it had a clear effect on the team.

Wetherall went close from a corner, but Elliot went one better seconds later to put Leicester ahead in the 14th minute of the second-half.

The captain rose well to power the ball into the right-hand corner and subdue the home fans.

Twenty minutes before half-time we upped the tempo and I thought we were running the game at that point

Leicester boss Martin O'Neill
Bradford knew they had to throw everything at Leicester, but four minutes later Elliot effectively ended the contest.

Lennon crossed to the near post and Elliot nodded past Clarke to double the lead.

Bradford again pushed forward - but they were punished again after a superb strike from Cottee.

With so many players up front, Cottee slotted his 13th goal of the season after turning beautifully away from O'Brien.

Lee Sharpe came close with Bradford's best effort of the match, after Sinclair was yellow-carded for a blatant handball just outside the area.

When the whistle blew - the Bradford fans had their ears pinned to the day's other results. But they will now have to wait until the final game of the season - a daunting clash against Liverpool - before discovering their fate.


Leicester: Arphexad, Sinclair, Guppy, Gilchrist, Elliott, Impey, Izzet, Lennon, Savage, Eadie, Cottee. Subs: Walsh, Marshall, Oakes, Price, Zagorakis.

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

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

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