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Friday, 29 March, 2002, 17:28 GMT
Watford 0-0 Bradford
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Bradford almost snatched all three points as both Tom Kearney and Eoin Jess rattled the woodwork in the second half at Vicarage Road.

Watford boss Gianluca Vialli had brought on two substitutes immediately after the interval in an effort to give his side fresh impetus following a frustrating opening period.

Tony McNamee came on for Stephen Glass with Paul Okon replacing Micah Hyde, but it was to no avail.

The home side did carve out the first opportunity of the second half, but Marcus Gayle's header was gathered by Bradford keeper Alan Combe.

But the visitors continued to impress going forward and David Wetherall sent a header over the bar from Claus Jorgensen's cross three minutes after the restart.

Bradford went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after 61 minutes as Kearney was denied by the woodwork.

As the Bantams began to dominate, Jess was denied by the frame of the goal after his spectacular effort from 25 yards had looked like finding the back of the net.

Jess went close again shortly after, his 20-yard volley bringing a spectacular save from Alec Chamberlain.

Watford: Chamberlain, Blondeau, Galli, Cox, Robinson, Mahon, Hyde, Glass, Cook, Helguson, Gayle. Subs: Baardsen, Okon, Webber, McNamee, Doyley.

Bradford: Combe, Jorgensen, Bower, Wetherall, Jacobs, Jess, McCall, Lawrence, Kearney, Ward, Cadamarteri. Subs: Juanjo, Sharpe, Grant, Emanuel, Worsnop.

Referee: M Fletcher (Warley).

BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton
"Bradford came closest to winning the game"
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