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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 21:09 GMT 22:09 UK
Bradford 5-1 Gillingham
Benito Carbone helped lift Bradford into second place in the First Division with a convincing win over Gillingham.

They outplayed the disappointing visitors, who did not have a shot on target until Marlon King scored a consolation goal in stoppage time.

Gillingham could not contain Carbone, who created two goals and scored a fifth.

Bradford led 1-0 at half-time, but that scoreline flattered Gillingham as the home side dominated the first period.

Wetherall rebound

They took the lead after 12 minutes when Carbone delivered a low cross along the six-yard area and the ball hit defender David Wetherall and rebounded into the net.

Just moments earlier, Wetherall - in his first full match of the season after a groin operation - saw a downward header cleared off the line by left-back David Perpetuini.

Gillingham did enjoy a bright spell in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

But Bradford put the result beyond doubt with two goals in four minutes.

Andy Tod, who is on loan from Dunfermline, scored their second after 56 minutes, bundling the ball into the net from Gary Locke's corner.

Eoin Jess added a third four minutes later, turning home Tod's header from a Locke corner.

Carbone ovation

Bradford scored their fourth nine minutes from time when a superb through pass from Carbone found the unmarked substitute Robbie Blake who slid the ball past Bartram.

Carbone rounded off a virtuoso display with the fifth goal.

Substitute Jamie Lawrence broke away down the right and crossed for Blake who played the ball into the path of Carbone to score.

The crowd gave the Italian a standing ovation and he was named the club's man of the match.

Bartram made a point-blank save to deny Lawrence in stoppage time before Gillingham broke away for King to score a consolation goal.

Bradford: Walsh, Halle, Wetherall, Molenaar, Jacobs, Locke, Jess, McCall, Whalley, Carbone, Tod. Subs: Lawrence, Blake, Davison, Makel, Emanuel.

Gillingham: Bartram, Patterson, Ashby, Pennock, Hope, Perpetuini, Browning, Smith, Hessenthaler, King, Shaw. Subs: Ipoua, Brown, Saunders, Rose, Spiller.

Referee: A Bates (Stoke on Trent)

BBC Sport's Sreve Wilson
"The margin of Bradford's victory could have been greater"
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