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Saturday, 19 May, 2001, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Sky Blues and Bantams in bore draw
John Hartson
Hartson came closest for Coventry
Coventry 0-0 Bradford

Coventry and Bradford showed just why they will be playing in the First Division next season after an insipid end-of-season encounter.

Highfield Road said goodbye to top-flight football in style. But not through the efforts of both relegated teams; rather the wonderful wake served up by the home fans.

On the pitch, Bradford made an enterprising start with Chris Kirkland called into action after just two minutes to save from Ashley Ward.

Robbie Blake
Robbie Blake came close early on
Some wonderful trickery on the right from Benito Carbone set up Robbie Blake after 15 minutes but again Kirkland saved with relative ease.

Coventry, appropriately enough, were playing like condemned men, but Lee Carsley's shot after 17 minutes dipped narrowly over in their first strike at goal.

That roused them considerably and Ysrael Zuniga brought a fine save from Aidan Davison after 21 minutes.


I'm trying to keep as many good players as possible - that's the secret of getting out of that league.
Coventry boss Gordon Strachan
As befitted a match between two relegated teams, the game had little pattern; erratic attacking was the order of the day.

Carbone curled over after 34 minutes in a Bradford raid, while John Hartson sliced wide minutes later.

Fans not blue

The gallows humour of the home fans was more inspired than the play, however.

They maintained a constant cacophony, with "Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be, we're going to Grimsby" leading their repertoire.


If you look at our support today it was just magnificent - what a turn-out for the last game of the season
Bradford boss Jim Jefferies
Their players responded at the start of the second half, with Hartson having two shots saved in the opening minutes.

And, with Bradford increasingly on the back foot, Zuniga's superb shot swerved just wide after 58 minutes.

Hartson dragged his shot wide after 65 minutes, but, try as they might, neither side looked like scoring.

That was a fitting epithet for both sides' seasons.


Coventry: Kirkland, Edworthy, Shaw, Williams, Quinn, Chippo, Strachan, Carsley, Hadji, Hartson, Zuniga.
Subs: Hedman, Bothroyd, Delorge, Betts, Davenport.

Bradford: Davison, Nolan, Myers, Halle, Jacobs, Locke, McCall, Whalley, Blake, Ward, Carbone.
Subs: Grant, Kerr, Worsnop, Emanuel, Lee.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood)

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