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FOOTBALL: ED BANGERS!

Bradford 2

Wolves 1

Wolves slumped to their third defeat in seven days to put their chances of automatic promotion in jeopardy.

But the result prompted boss Mark McGhee to hit out at the officials who allowed Bradford goalscorer Edinho to remain on the pitch after a bust-up with Wolves defender Keith Curle.

He said: "He's punched Curle and the ref's allowed him to stay on the pitch. Last week, Steve Bull was sent off and he didn't punch anybody."

McGhee was also unhappy about the challenge which led to Neil Emblen being taken off with a badly injured ligament.

The midfield playmaker is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

Edinho fired Bradford into the lead on the stroke of half time after Mike Newell - on loan from Birmingham - had found himself in acres of space to force a parry from Mike Stowell which the Brazilian whacked into the net.

In the 25th minute, Edinho was booked after referee Trevor West judged he had dived in the penalty area.

That incident continued and led to a centre-circle brawl which held the match up for five minutes.

Mr West and his assistants did not see the incident as they had been following play. Wolves had broken out of defence and Steve Bull had just missed a wide-open goal.

Bradford went further ahead six minutes after the restart when Nigel Pepper ran on to a Wayne Jacobs free kick to hit a thunderous drive past Stowell.

Four minutes later Wolves pulled one back when Don Goodman scrambled home Jamie Smith's far-post cross.

Smith was on hand in the 68th minute to make a goalsaving challenge on Edinho as he raced through on goal.

In the final ten minutes Wolves were denied by the heroics of on-loan goalkeeper and man of the match Aidan Davison.

He made a spectacular double save from Bull then substitute Iwan Roberts in the 83rd minute.

Then he denied Mark Atkins as he rose to head a cross from Andy Thompson.

Atkins and the vast army of travelling Wolves fans thought he had equalised with only a minute left when he blasted past Davison, but the linesman had flagged for offside.

BRADFORD.- Davison 8; Liburd 7, Jacobs 8, Dreyer 7, De Olivera 7, O'Brien 7, Murray 7, Kulcsar 6, Newell 8, Edinho 7, PEPPER 9.

WOLVES.- Stowell 6; Smith 7, Thompson 7, Atkins 6, Venus 6, Curle 7, Corica 7, Emblen 6 (Thomas 7), Bull 7, Goodman 7, Osborn 7.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Jackson, Nick
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 1997
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