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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Bradford 0-3 Wolves
Adam Proudlock ended his goal-drought in emphatic style with a hat-trick as Wolves produced a thoroughly convincing performance to stay top of the First Division.

Proudlock struck at the end of the first half to give Dave Jones' side a huge boost before adding two in four minutes as the Midland side extended their lead at the top to five points.

Proudlock possibly was lucky to start the game with on-loan Kenny Miller out through injury.

But the 20-year-old, who has suffered a crisis of confidence in recent weeks, found the Bradford defence in obliging mood.

As half-time approached, Nathan Blake broke away and although Gary Walsh superbly tipped his effort, the rebound fell to Proudlock, unmarked and just a couple of yards away.

Application

The striker had missed a couple of chances earlier in the game and seemed set to experience one of those frustrating days that strikers go through.

Bradford could not be faulted for their application, but the midfield failed to give the support required to strikers Ashley Ward and Benito Carbone.

The one real first-half chance for the Bantams came in the 42nd minute when Ward's sidefooted shot from 12 yards drifted wide after fine work from Carbone and skipper Stuart McCall.

Bradford came close to an equaliser at the start of the second half, with Michael Oakes stretching to deny Carbone a characteristic 20-yard wonder strike.

But it was to be Proudlock's day, as he grabbed the faintest of touches on a 35-yard drive from Colin Cameron, who had been skipper under Bradford boss Jim Jefferies while at Hearts.

Then 11 minutes from time the City defence conceded their 13th goal in four games as Kennedy and Newton creatively worked the opening for Proudlock to finish off at the far post.

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

Wolverhampton: Oakes, Muscat, Lescott, Butler, Naylor, Newton, Cameron, Robinson, Kennedy, Proudlock, Blake. Subs: Roussel, Connelly, Rae, Andrews, Murray.

Referee: P Danson (Leicester)

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