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Bradford City V ChelseaMAGNIFICENT CITY STUN CHELSEA

Italian star Benito Carbone turned on the style as Bradford rocked Chelsea with a 2-0 win at Valley Parade in possibly City's best ever performance.

City's new signing was instrumental in his team's demolition of Gianluca Vialli's Premiership contenders and also capped his performance with a blistering 20-yard effort past Ed De Goey in the Chelsea goal.

But that's not to say that the rest of the Bradford team were simply bystanders as this was without doubt the best display in Claret and Amber seen at Valley Parade for years.

The first 20 minutes were rocky as the visitors came at City with their impressive firepower. Gianfranco Zola was as busy as ever, twisting and turning, and eventually putting in a pinpoint cross for Gustavo Poyet in only the 5th minute. The Uruguayan should have done better with his header however as he left Atherton behind only to put the chance wide of the far post.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink then managed to find Zola at the back post, only for the Italian to volley spectacularly over the bar, and Poyet narrowly missed Hasselbaink's cross-shot before City turned the game around in the 24th minute.

An excellent six-man move culminated in Stuart McCall playing the ball left for Lee Sharpe to chip the ball to the far post. Dean Windass peeled away from World Cup and European Championship winner Marcel Desailly to nod the ball back across De Goey and into the far corner of the net to give City the lead.

The goal may have come slightly against the run of play but it was City who then looked like they would take the three points as they stroked the ball around superbly and created several openings.

Indeed, they nearly had a second minutes later as Emerson Thome and De Goey conspired to nearly score an own goal. Fortunately for the Blues, the ball narrowly rolled wide from Thome's back header before Carbone could latch on to the mistake.

The second half had a familiar ring to it as City again played the better football but were perhaps indebted to Matt Clarke in goal for three fine saves. The first from substitute Tore Andre Flo, on for an unimpressed at being replaced Hasselbaink, in the 63rd minute ricocheted back off the shot-stopper's legs and into safety.

The next effort, a Gianfranco Zola blast from the edge of the area, was blocked as Clarke went to ground and the City keeper then denied a further chance. However, City never really looked as though they would lose this game and they took the lead to two goals in the 74th minute.

Benito Carbone, impressive all night with his endless running, enthusiasm and ability to hold up play and bring in others so easily, picked up the ball as Dean Windass was gifted it by Christian Panucci's slack pass. The little Italian had only one thing on his mind as he was forced wide by Desailly before striking the ball towards the near post.

De Goey, obviously surprised and expecting a cross had head off in the other direction. It was too late for him as the shot swerved away and he could only help palm it into his own net.

The ground erupted to the chants of "Carbone, Carbone!" as the fans' new idol milked the moment along with the rest of the team.

All that was left to do for City was consolidate possession and play out time. This they did admirably and even Chelsea had to be impressed at the way they stroked the ball around, retaining the ball easily, and working hard when not in full control.

It was a magnificent victory, and one which rightly earned the Scottish Mutual Performance of the Week Award. If City can keep this up, they will no doubt keep the team up as well. Even Rodney Marsh now thinks so.

© WW/dw 2000  

FA Premiership 00/01
22/08/00

BRADFORD CITY 2 (1)
Windass 24
Carbone 74

CHELSEA 0 (0)

Att: 17,872

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Bradford City
Matt Clarke
Peter Atherton
Ian Nolan
Andy O'Brien
David Wetherall
Dan Petrescu

Stuart McCall (c)
David Hopkin

Lee Sharpe
Dean Windass
Benito Carbone

Subs:
Aidan Davison
Andy Myers
Peter Beagrie
88
Gareth Whalley 79
Ashley Ward 75

Chelsea
Ed De Goey
Mario Melchiot
Celestine Babayaro
Marcel Desailly
Emerson Thome
Roberto Di Matteo
Dennis Wise (c)

Jodie Morris
Gustavo Poyet
Gianfranco Zola
J F Hasselbaink

Subs:
Carlo Cudicini
Jon Harley 45
Christian Panucci 63
Tore Andre Flo 58
Eidur Gudjohnsen

Referee: M Halsey



League Position
7th

Worthington Cup
n/a

FA Cup
n/a

Leading Scorer
Carbone - 1
Windass - 1

P
W
D
L
F
A
2
1
0
1
2
1

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