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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 00:46 GMT
Bradford 2-0 Ipswich

Teenager Danny Forrest marked his full debut with a vital goal against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town at Valley Parade.

Bradford, hit by injuries and suspensions, included the 18-year-old Forrest in place of the suspended Andy Gray, and he proved the ideal replacement by scoring one goal and providing the other.

The goal Danny scored was a great finish and I am really pleased for him - he hasn't let anyone down

Bradford manager
Nicky Law

Ipswich, who had the better of the first half, collapsed in the second after the 50th-minute dismissal of Hermann Hreidarsson - in his 100th game for the club - for using the elbow in a tackle on Simon Francis.

Lewis Emanuel almost put Bradford ahead but his 25-yard shot was just over the crossbar before Forrest forced a good save from Marshall with a spectacular overhead kick.

Then Marcus Bent's superb shot from the left side of the penalty area hit the Bradford woodwork as an exciting half finished all-square at 0-0.

Bradford made a great start to the second half, Forrest having a close-range header blocked on the line.

Claus Jorgenson met the resulting corner but his powerful shot was saved by Marshall.

Then came the sending-off of Hreidarsson and Bradford took control.

The game hinged on the sending-off - there wasn't a problem when we had 11 men on the field

Ipswich boss
Joe Royle

Marshall had to pull off another good save to keep out a Michael Standing lob and Forrest shot into the side netting.

Ashley Ward had a header cleared by Bent, a header from Robert Molenaar went just wide of the Ipswich goal and then Forrest forced another good save from Marshall with a fierce shot from 30 yards.

It seemed only a matter of time before Bradford scored and the breakthrough came in 62 minute when Jorgenson took Forrest's pass and hammered the ball home for his fifth goal in the last five Division One games for Bradford.

Six minutes later Forrest turned from provider to scorer when he met a Mark Bower header to poke the ball home from close range.

Ipswich tried hard to close the gap and substitute Darren Bent was unlucky when his powerful shot hit the woodwork and Jermaine Wright's volley was just over the crossbar but Bradford were full value for their win.


Bradford: Davison, Uhlenbeek, Molenaar, Bower, Jacobs, Jorgensen, Standing, Francis, Emanuel, Ward, Forrest. Subs: Fishlock, Magnusson, Lee, Sanasy, Ekoku.

Ipswich: Marshall, Makin, Gaardsoe, Holland, Wilnis, Hreidarsson, Miller, Wright, Magilton, Counago, Marcus Bent. Subs: Pullen, Reuser, Richards, Ambrose, Darren Bent.

Referee: C Wilkes (Gloucestershire).

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