Memory match: Bradford v PNE

Preston North End goal scorer Michael Keane celebrates in style at Valley Parade

Preston North End goal scorer Michael Keane celebrates in style at Valley Parade

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Teenager Michael Keane was Preston’s matchwinner in their January 2002 clash with Bradford City at Valley Parade.

The Irishman only scored three goals in PNE colours, this one being the second of that trio.

It came just after half-time on a chilly Tuesday night in West Yorkshire and was sufficient for the three points to return over the Pennines with North End.

Victory kept the Lilywhites in the promotion frame and came on the back of a 2-1 win in the FA Cup over Sheffield United.

Preston manager David Moyes handed a debut that evening to Dickson Etuhu, who had arrived in a £300,000 deal from Manchester City.

Richard Cresswell was restored to the side after an impressive performance as a substitute in the FA Cup game four days earlier.

Bradford, still adjusting to life in this division after their relegation from the Premier League the previous May, were without striker Benito Carbone.

The Italian had refused to accept a place on the bench, with Ashley Ward and Andy Tod preferred up front.

In front of a big following from Preston, the visitors started brightly.

Right-back Graham Alexander forced an early save out of Bantams goalkeeper Carl Muggleton with a low shot.

It was almost Bradford who took the lead in the 22nd minute, Ward’s pass finding Tod in the box.

But he lost track of the ball as he tried to swivel into a shooting position and the chance went begging as North End cleared their lines.

Keane tested Muggleton with a shot from the edge of the box, one which the keeper parried.

David Healy was first to the rebound but he could only steer his header wide.

The chances kept coming for PNE, winger Iain Anderson getting clear on goal but stumbled as he shaped to shoot.

North End’s winner arrived in the 47th minute.

Alexander sent over a over deep cross from the right wing beyond the far post.

Cresswell headed it back into the middle where Keane arrived with a late run to sweep a volley into the roof of the net from close range.

The youngster celebrated wildly in front of the travelling supporters behind the goal, whipping his shirt off as his team-mates piled in to congratulate him.

There was a let-off for North End as Bradford wasted a good chance to pull level within three minutes of Keane’s goal.

Claus Jorgensen lifted a cross into the box which the unmarked Ward headed wide of Tepi Moilanen’s goal.

At the other end, Cresswell forced Muggleton into another save after connecting with a 
knock-down from Healy.

Jon Macken came off the bench to replace Cresswell just after the hour mark.

He was quickly involved in the action, almost stretching to Preston’s advantage.

A cross from Lee Cartwright found Macken in the box, his header beating Muggleton but came back off the post.

Bradford hit the woodwork themselves in the 83rd minute, Gunnar Halle heading against the bar after meeting Lee Sharpe’s centre.