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 Saturday, 2 November, 2002, 17:36 GMT
Brighton 3-2 Bradford

Two Bobby Zamora penalties helped Brighton secure their first win under Steve Coppell and avoid a club record 13th straight defeat.

Bradford have now conceded six spot-kicks in their last six games and on-loan goalkeeper Steve Banks was unable to reproduce his heroics of the previous two matches.

Banks had saved penalties in the last two games against Norwich and Reading but was twice beaten by Zamora either side of Simon Rodger's strike as Andy Gray's brace for Bradford proved to be in vain.

The only blip for Brighton was the late dismissal of goalkeeper Michel Kuipers for a professional foul that allowed Gray to score the third penalty of the game,.

Zamora opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Paul Brooker had been brought down by Gus Uhlenbeek.

On 42 minutes Zamora was again in the thick of the action, as he held the ball up well to set up Rodger, who found the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Within three minutes of the restart Gray had reduced Brighton's lead.

Dean Blackwell fouled Darren Ward and Paul Evans' inswinging free-kick was headed home by the Scottish midfielder.

Six minutes later Wayne Jacobs was the culprit for Bradford for a foul on Graham Barrett and Zamora again kept his cool from the spot.

Bradford's problems increased in the 86th minute when Ward suffered a serious injury and had to be replaced by Michael Standing.

But they were given a glimmer of hope when Kuipers brought down Stephen Warnock and was shown the red card, with Andy Petterson taking his place between the posts.

His first job was to pick the ball out of the net after Gray blasted in the spot-kick to set up a tense finale but Brighton held on.


Brighton: Kuipers, Watson, Blackwell, Cullip, Mayo, Carpenter, Rodger, Hart, Brooker, Zamora, Barrett.
Subs: Rogers, Oatway, Petterson, Marney, Hinshelwood.

Bradford: Banks, Uhlenbeek, Bower, Molenaar, Gray, Warnock, Evans, Jacobs, Reid, Ward, Cadamarteri.
Subs: Juanjo, Standing, Davison, Emanuel, Francis.

Referee: B Curson (Leicestershire).

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