Crystal Palace 1-1 Bradford City

Last updated : 14 August 2002 By Palace Dan
Tony Popovic salvaged a point for Palace in a bruising encounter with Bradford at Selhurst this evening. It was no more than Palace deserved, having been the better side throughout the 90 minutes.
Bradford's only effort of note in the first period was from a set piece free kick from Paul Evans, from which Matt Clarke made a decent one handed save. Palace had gone close on a number of occasions with Popovic, Powell, Derry and Freedman all having efforts saved by Bantams keeper Gary Walsh.
The totally ineffective Tommy Black was replaced at half time by Aki Riihilahti as Palace pushed forward in search of the first goal. In fairness, this wasn't one of our best games, but the lads continued to press and had the visitors under severe pressure for long periods of the second half. But, as often happens in these situations, the visitors broke away and scored the opener. On 75 minutes Gus Uhlenbeek worked his way down the right wing, past the non existent tackle from Danny Granville, who was 30 yards out of position, and pulled the ball back to Andy Tod who smashed it into the net from 10 yards. Palace boss Trevor Francis was so incensed by this goal, that when he turned round on the bench, he saw Aleks Kolinko laughing and cuffed him round the ear like a naughty schoolboy. The fourth official spotted Francis, and called the referee over, and having explained what had happened, the referee banished Francis from the dug-out.
Palace, as they had on Saturday,pulled a goal back immediately, when a Danny Butterfield cross from the right wing was headed home by Tony Popovic to give Palace a share of the spoils.