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BBC Sport's Charlie Lambert
reports on the less than satisfactory game
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Bradford caretaker manager Stuart McCall
"I couldn't have asked for any more"
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Everton boss Walter Smith
"We'll go home relieved and delighted"
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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 18:39 GMT
Everton sink Bradford
Gary Naysmith
Everton's Naysmith celebrates winner with Cadamarteri
Bradford City 0-1 Everton

Everton wrecked the start of Stuart McCall's reign as caretaker manager and left Bradford City bottom of the Premier League by snatching a late win at Valley Parade.

Bradford dominated much of a low-quality encounter - but were stunned by Scotland defender Gary Naysmith's decider four minutes from time.

It left Bradford deep in trouble, and increased chairman Geoffrey Richmond's urgency to find a replacement for sacked Chris Hutchings.

McCall insists he does not want the job on a permanent basis, and it is easy to see why with Hutchings' successor now facing a huge battle for survival.

Everton counterpart Walter Smith will be grateful for the three points after watching his team flirt with the danger zone.


We are gutted. It is devastating to have so much possession and then see Everton go up the other end and get a late winner
  Bradford caretaker manager Stuart McCall
And goalkeeper Paul Gerrard made up for his indifferent form of recent weeks with a commanding performance as Everton claimed victory

McCall responded to his new responsibilty by going for an attacking formation - fielding the attacking trio of Benito Carbone, Stan Collymore and Ashley Ward.

But the three failed to gel, and it is difficult to see how Bradford can marry the unpredictable talents of Carbone and Collymore in the same side.

Everton were without Paul Gascoigne, who failed a fitness test on the thigh injury he sustained against Aston Villa.

Collymore tested Everton keeper Gerrard twice early on, but the biggest scare came at the other end when Bradford almost gifted Everton the lead.

Stuart McCall
McCall tackles Campbell
Bradford keeper Matt Clarke inexplicably dropped Israel international Idan Tal's corner behind him, and was grateful to drop on the ball right on the goal-line.

Jamie Lawrence punctured the undistinguished early exchanges with one moment of excitement, striking the Everton crossbar with a rebound from a tackle on David Unsworth.

Collymore had another chance to break the deadlock on the stroke of half time when he took the ball around Gerrard, but the angle was too tight and the keeper was able to regain his ground and save.

Gerrard had been the busier of the two goalkeepers. and he was in action again after 52 minutes, diving to his left to save from Ward.

Stan Collymore
Collymore posed threat
Everton's Mark Pembridge, booked in the first half for a foul on Carbone, was fortunate to escape a red card on the hour for a trip on the Italian.

Referee Rob Harris took a lenient approach - but Pembridge was soon replaced by Scot Gemmill, Everton boss Smith perhaps aware the Welsh international was walking a tightrope.

Bradford carved out the game's best opportunity with 20 minutes left when Carbone's cross found Collymore, and when he nodded into the path of Gareth Whalley, his header was brilliantly saved by Gerrard.

McCall's side were displaying plenty of perspiration, backed by a passionate home crowd, but there was precious little inspiration on display from either side.

Bradford were enjoying the majority of possession, but Everton occasionally threatened on the break, with Kevin Campbell ploughing a lone furrow.


We have played better in other games and lost. It makes a pleasant change - and we are happy and relieved with the win
  Everton manager Walter Smith
And McCall made a change with ten minutes remaining, replacing Ward with veteran Dean Saunders.

But it was Everton who snatched the win on the break with four minutes to go, courtesy of Naysmith.

Substitute Joe-Max Moore was the creator, cutting in from the left to unleash a shot, and when Clarke spilled his effort, Naysmith was lurking to score.

Everton should have added a second two minutes later when another substitute Danny Cadamarteri broke clear, but his cross evaded Alex Nyarko by inches.

It was a bitter disappointment for Bradford - but great relief for struggling Everton.


Bradford: Clarke, Nolan, McCall, Wetherall, Whalley, Lawrence, Ward, Carbone, Atherton, Petrescu, Collymore. Subs: Beagrie, Windass, Sharpe, Davison, Saunders.

Everton: Gerrard, Weir, Unsworth, Nyarko, Campbell, Hughes, Pembridge, Naysmith, Gravesen, Xavier, Tal. Subs: Ball, Simonsen, Gemmill, Moore, Cadamarteri.

Referee: R Harris (Oxford)

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