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Saturday, 28 December, 2002, 17:29 GMT
Wolves 1-2 Bradford

Wolves' poor form over the festive period continued as they slumped to their third defeat in four games against Bradford at Molineux.

Second-half goals by Claus Jorgensen and Andy Gray - either side of George Ndah's equaliser - secured Bradford's second straight win as the home side's promotion hopes suffered another setback.

The visitors made a bright start and Wolves goalkeeper Matthew Murray did well to keep out a dangerous inswinging corner by Wayne Jacobs.

Mark Kennedy caused problems for the Bradford defence with some testing crosses and he picked out Ndah in the 26th minute, but his header missed the target.

Cole fired over from 25 yards as Wolves began to get on top and the deadlock was almost broken in the 35th minute, with Kennedy again the provider.

His cross found Dean Sturridge in space and his right-foot shot beat Aidan Davison but struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

That let-off for Bradford looked even more important six minutes into the second half when they took a shock lead.

Confusion in the Wolves defence allowed Andy Tod to head the ball on and Jorgensen found the back of the net with a low left-foot shot.

Bradford's joy was short-lived as Ndah beat two men before cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable 30-yard drive into the top left corner of the net for only his second goal of the season.

But Wolves' defence was again caught napping as a right-wing cross by Francis eluded everyone and Gray arrived at the far post to tuck the ball home with his left foot.

Wolves created little as they went in search of another equaliser and Francis almost added a third for Bradford following a superb solo run.

City held on comfortably in the closing stages, leaving Wolves to reflect on a haul of just one point from their last 12.

The one consolation for Wolves is that Chelsea have allowed on-loan Cole to stay at Molineux for another month.


Wolverhampton: Murray, Edworthy, Clyde, Lescott, Naylor, Ndah, Ince, Cameron, Kennedy, Cole, Sturridge. Subs: Oakes, Butler, Cooper, Miller, Andrews.

Bradford: Davison, Uhlenbeek, Francis, Bower, Jacobs, Jorgensen, Standing, Atherton, Emanuel, Gray, Tod. Subs: Myhill, Evans, Reid, Danks, Juanjo.

Referee: A Bates (Staffordshire)


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