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Sunday, 16 December, 2001, 16:11 GMT
City comeback floors Bradford

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Manchester City 3-1 Bradford

Manchester City recovered from a goal down to secure victory over Bradford and close the gap on leaders Burnley to four points.

Lucien Mettomo cancelled out Richard Dunne's own goal in the first half.

Then, Kevin Horlock and Shaun Wright-Phillips struck after the interval to give Kevin Keegan's side all three points.

City made a sluggish start and Bradford were quick to capitalise on their opponents' apparent lethargy.

The visitors dominated the first 20 minutes and City looked looked like contributing to their own downfall.

Under pressure from Ashley Ward, Richard Dunne nodded in Lee Sharpe's free-kick to gift the visitors the goal that their play deserved.

The Irishman was unfortunate to score the own goal, but recovered sufficiently to produce a near flawless performance thereafter.

It could have been worse for Kevin Keegan's side, who had earlier benefited from a curious decision by the referee to disallow Andy Myer's headed goal.

Reversal of fortunes

But once Mettomo had restored parity, heading in Ali Bernabia's free kick, City took control of the match.

The score-line did not flatter the home side, who missed a number of one-on-ones with Bantams' goalkeeper Aidan Davison and created countless other chances.

Substitute Paulo Wanchope, making his first appearance since September, Shaun Goater and Darren Huckerby all wasted good opportunities to improve City's goal difference.

By then though, the home side had already wrapped up the win.

Bernabia was again involved when, from a well-practiced corner routine, City went in front.

He picked out Kevin Horlock on the edge of the area and he sweetly volleyed beyond Myers' dive.

Shaun Wright-Phillips then added the third after displaying precise control, followed by power and accuracy.

He trapped the ball on his thigh before unleashing a rasping volley from the edge of the area, which flew into the top corner.

Bradford's Sharpe did his best to reduce the deficit and forced Mettomo into a goal-line clearance.

He also had a decent effort tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Carlo Nash.


Man City: Nash, Dunne, Mettomo, Wiekens, Edghill, Horlock, Benarbia, Etuhu, Wright-Phillips, Goater, Huckerby. Subs: Weaver, Ritchie, Haaland, Whelan, Wanchope.

Bradford: Davison, Emanuel, Caldwell, Myers, Halle, Etherington, Makel, Sharpe, Jess, Blake, Ward. Subs: Walsh, Molenaar, Juanjo, Jorgensen, Tod.

Referee: P Richards (Preston).

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