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Wednesday, 20 March, 2002, 22:30 GMT
Burnley 1-1 Bradford
Burnley's Paul Gascoigne
19,479 people turned out to see Gascoigne's debut
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Danish midfielder Claus Jorgensen made sure that Paul Gascoigne's debut for Burnley would be a frustrating one.

Bradford's free transfer signing from Bournemouth in the summer grabbed the equaliser with his first goal for the club.

"Paul had some beautiful touches and he's got class
Burnley manager Stan Ternent

Even so the draw was just enough to take Burnley above West Brom to third in the table.

David Johnson had put Burnley ahead and it seemed the Gazza factor would pay an immediate dividend.

Gascoigne, who moved from Everton at the weekend, played for 84 minutes and looked to be loving it.


A huge roar went up from the supporters when his name was announced over the tannoy.

And he almost put Burnley ahead after 10 minutes when he struck a powerful free-kick from the edge of the area.

Bradford keeper Alan Combe saw it late but got down quickly to turn the shot around the post.

Burnley made the breakthrough in the 21st minute through Johnson, on loan from Nottingham Forest.

He tucked the ball away from close range after Ian Cox had headed on Glen Little's corner.

Gascoigne was seeing plenty of the ball and rattled in a free-kick from 20 yards that just cleared the bar.

Even so Gascoigne marked his first start for his new club by picking up a yellow card for a challenge on his former Ibrox colleague Stuart McCall.

Burnley's Paul Gascoigne and Bradford's Stuart McCall
Gascoigne picked up a yellow card

Combe then reacted superbly to tip away a stunning inswinging free-kick from Gascoigne from the edge of the area.

But Bradford drew level in the 78th minute through Jorgensen.

Marlon Berersford got a hand to his shot but could not prevent the former Bournemouth midfielder's first goal for the club after Ashley Ward had headed the ball into the area.

Gascoigne hasn't got the legs to get in behind people
Bradford manager Nicky Law

Gascoigne then made his exit with six minutes to go and was replaced by Andy Payton.

Payton should have grabbed the winner but headed over from Lee Briscoe's tempting cross.

Burnley: Beresford, West, Thomas, Cox, Briscoe, Grant, Gascoigne, Ball, Little, Johnson, Ian Moore. Subs: Michopoulos, Cook, Payton, Maylett, Blake.

Bradford: Combe, Jacobs, Wetherall, Bower, Halle, Jess, Jorgensen, McCall, Lawrence, Ward, Cadamarteri. Subs: Worsnop, Grant, Whalley, Standing, Juanjo.

Referee: A Bates (Stoke on Trent).

BBC Sport's Alan Biggs
"Gazza was superb"
Burnley's Paul Gascoigne
"I enjoyed it"
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