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Saturday, 18 November, 2000, 17:04 GMT
Derby leave Bantams rock bottom
Malcolm Christie
Malcolm Christie: Neat finish for Derby's first goal
Derby 2-0 Bradford

Derby gained their first win of the season to deepen Bradford's gloom in front of the watching Jim Jefferies.

The Scotsman is set to be named as Bradford's third manager in six months on Monday, and will face a tough task to keep them in the Premiership for a third season.

This result between the Premiership's bottom teams left the Bantams three points adrift of Derby and the rest of the strugglers.

The Rams controlled almost the entire game and were rewarded by fine second-half finishes from Malcolm Christie and Rory Delap.

In the process they secured their fourth consecutive clean sheet, and there now seems to be justified optimism at the club.

In contrast, Bradford looked demoralised by the end after having failed to fashion any clear-cut chances.

The Bantams had dominated the first quarter-of-an-hour, with Derby amazingly lax considering the importance of the game.

Stan Collymore looked lively for the visitors.

Derby resurgence

After nine minutes he picked up a pass from Ashley Ward, moved forward and unleashed a powerful drive from 20 yards that Poom tipped over his crossbar.

But Derby belatedly imposed themselves on the game, with Darryl Powell and Seth Johnson becoming much more involved in midfield.

I'm hugely disappointed today - we were in control for the first 20 minutes but just didn't create any chances
  Stuart McCall
After 21 minutes the Rams carved out their first chance.

Lilian Martin turned neatly inside Peter Beagrie and struck a powerful drive from the corner of the box that went high over the goal.

The home side appeared to have a good claim for a penalty during the first half.

Christie was put in by Johnson before embarking on a jinking run and going down under a challenge from Dan Petrescu in the box.

The Derby players appealed vociferously, but referee Andy D'Urso waved play on.

By then the Rams were dominating.

New loan signing Taribo West endeared himself to the home fans when he moved forward powerfully and hit a 20-yard shot that went close to Bradford's right-hand post.

Wetherall injured

Bradford's cause was not helped when their captain David Wetherall was stretchered off following a robust but legal challenge by Christie.

The skipper was replaced by Andy O'Brien.

Derby continued to dominate after the interval and had a good early chance when the excellent Martin fired a cross in from the right that narrowly evaded several of his team-mates.

They got their reward on 55 minutes when Christie showed a true striker's instict.

We were nervous in the first 25 minutes, but then Kinkladze stamped his authority on the game and started to make things happen
  Jim Smith
He steer the ball wide of Clarke and into the net from an acute angle following good work by Kinkladze.

On 68 minutes the hosts doubled their advantage.

Kinkladze neatly held the ball up in the area and fed Johnson, who put in an excellent cross for Delap to power home.

Bradford looked thoroughly dejected by the end.

The only chance of note they had in the second half came when Beagrie hit a free-kick over the crossbar from the very edge of the area.

Derby: Poom, Carbonari, Powell, Delap, Johnson, Kinkladze, Christie, Martin, Eranio, Riggott, West. Subs: O'Neil, Sturridge, Morris, Higginbotham, Oakes.

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

Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay).

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