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BBC Sport's Stuart Hall
"The second half saw West Ham distinctly off the boil."
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Hammers boss Harry Redknapp
"Frank Lampard took his two goals well"
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Bradford boss Jim Jefferies
"Maybe we lack what you need at this level"
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Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 17:03 GMT
Lampard double beats Bradford
Frank Lampard
Matchwinner Frank Lampard (r) is congratulated
Bradford 1-2 West Ham

West Ham's Frank Lampard celebrated his call-up to the England squad with two goals to pile further misery on struggling Bradford.

The midfielder, brought into the national set-up with fellow young Hammers Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, opened the scoring on 18 minutes.

And he secured the visitors' first league victory of the year with a winner in the 75th minute after Bradford had equalised through Eoin Jess.


Joe Cole was always busy, even though he was man-marked, but that is something he is going to have to get used
  West Ham manager Harry Redknapp
Cole had a hand in both of Lampard's goals, and the second strike settled West Ham's nerves after Bradford had staged a second-half revival.

Jess had levelled in the 62nd minute with the Bantams' first goal in more than 11 hours of football.

Before kick-off, former Sheffield Wednesday team-mates Paolo di Canio and Benito Carbone shared a warm embrace.

The latter was starting his first Premiership match since Boxing Day as Bradford boss Jim Jefferies made five changes from the side beaten at Southampton a fortnight ago.

David Wetherall - back in the side after a 14-week absence following a groin operation - was named skipper with Stuart McCall dropped to the bench.

  Key incidents
4 mins: Long-range Jess shot flies wide
18: Lampard sidefoots home for Hammers opener
27: Crowd boo Bradford as visitors dominate
45: Bywater tips over Wetherall header
62: Jess heads Bradford level
75: Lampard bags his second for the Hammers

City had the first chance in the fourth minute with Jess rifling a 30-yard shot inches wide of Bywater's left-hand post.

Bywater, preferred as a replacement ahead of Craig Forrest, was playing in his first game of the season in the absence of Shaka Hislop, on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago.

At the other end, Gary Walsh brilliantly tipped over a Carrick drive.

After Titi Camara had fired a close-range 13th-minute shot into the sidenetting, West Ham took the lead.


Twice Lampard got away, and twice he punished us and that's why he is a top player and an international
  Bradford manager Jim Jefferies
Di Canio's forward through ball was backheeled by Cole into the path of his England colleague Lampard, who swept home a right-foot effort from 18 yards for his fifth goal of the season.

The Hammers dominated, with Camara cracking another left-foot drive just over the bar, before Cole pulled off a sprawling save from Walsh moments later.

Boos echoed around Valley Parade midway through the half as the frustrated home fans began to lose patience.

Andy O'Brien and Joe Cole
Andy O'Brien (l) tussles with Joe Cole

Bookings soon followed for Christian Dailly, with the Scot having brought down Carbone, and then Gary Locke for his challenge on Sebastien Schemmel.

Lampard was lucky not to join those two players in the book as he lashed out against Locke in retribution, but referee Stephen Lodge decided not to take any action.

Bradford almost grabbed an equaliser in injury-time as Bywater tipped over a powerful Wetherall header following a looping Carbone cross.

The Bantams looked revitalised after half-time, and Jess headed in at the far post for the equaliser.

Bywater failed to palm away his effort from an Ashley Ward cross.

With the visitors starting to struggle, Davor Suker was brought on to replace the largely ineffective Camara.

Cole's good work created an opening for Lampard who made no mistake with a low drive from just outside the area for West Ham's second.

And Suker should have made it three, when sent through by Di Canio, but Walsh saved well.


Bradford: Walsh, Myers, Wetherall, Lawrence, Ward, Carbone, Molenaar, O'Brien, Locke, Jacobs, Jess. Subs: Davison, McCall, Blake, McKinlay, Hopkin.

West Ham: Bywater, Stuart Pearce, Stimac, Winterburn, Schemmel, Dailly, Carrick, Cole, Lampard, di Canio, Camara. Subs: Forrest, Suker, Soma, Ian Pearce, Todorov.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)

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