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Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Sheff Utd 2-2 Bradford
Draw specialists Sheffield United again had to settle for a point in an entertaining Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane.

Bradford got off to a flying start when Eoin Jess gave them a second-minute lead. The United defence failed to clear Gareth Whalley's free-kick and Jess beat Simon Tracey with a low shot.

Keith Curle equalised on 16 minutes when he ran on to Bobby Ford's chipped ball into the area, firing expertly past Gary Walsh.

Jess put a long-range effort wide and Whalley had a low shot saved before United took the lead in the 36th minute.

Gus Uhlenbeek's long ball found Carl Asaba, who outpaced a couple of defenders before producing a clinical finish.

But Bradford levelled just three minutes later when Whalley found Andrew Tod in space on the right hand side to the area and he beat Tracey with a low drive.

United made a good start to the second half with Asaba hitting the post with a header from Devlin's cross. In the ensuing goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to D'Jaffo but he scuffed his shot and Walsh gathered easily.

Asaba, who was off-balance, fired wide and Ford put a shot on the run just over.

Bradford rallied towards the end, David Wetherall's knock-down found Locke, who blasted over and Tod's header from Stuart McCall's free-kick was saved. The Blades, who had drawn their previous four league games, threw men forward in a bid to snatch a last-gasp winner.

But there was to be no dramatic winner, Asaba dragging his shot wide and Walsh was forced to make a late save from Paul Peschisolido's angled effort.

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