Football: Critical Kamara

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Bradford City went back to the top of the First Division with a point from their 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at Valley Parade but their manager, Chris Kamara, was left dissatisfied. "We threw two points away. I thought we would score every time we attacked."

They did so first after 16 minutes when Shaun Murray's cross set up the Swedish striker Rob Steiner for his fourth goal of the season.

"Middlesbrough had two shots in the first half," Kamara continued, "one hit the post, the other went into the net." That was Vladimir Kinder's shot, deflected off Eddie Youds. A header by the Brazilian Edinho put Bradford back in front but "they scored their equaliser with their first shot of the second half." Step forward 18-year-old Anthony Ormerod who crowned his first-team debut with a 25-yard drive to make it 2-2.

Former Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett had an unhappy return to Bramall Lane with his fancied Nottingham Forest side when a goal by substitute Gareth Taylor 12 minutes from time gave the Blades the narrowest of wins. The win moved Sheffield, with two games in hand, to within three points of Bradford.

The division's most eventful match was at Fratton Park where vistors Crewe beat Portsmouth 3-2. Mark Rivers gave Crewe the lead after only 28 seconds, thumping in Dele Adebola's cross. And when Pompey had captain Adrian Whitbread sent off five minutes before half-time and Steve Anthrobus made it 2-0 12 minutes into the second half it looked all over for Pompey.

But the Australian international, John Aloisi, scored twice in two minutes to level the score 17 minutes from the end. Crewe, however, had one more surprise, Adebola grabbing the winner with five minutes left.

Steve Bull scored twice as Wolves beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 to go sixth. "I'm told we had 19 corners," the perplexed Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley, said, "and, if we had had Steve Bull in our side, we would have got something out of the game. He epitomises everything good about a striker."

The Wolves manager, Mark McGhee, found the result encouraging. "I would put my house on us going up," he said. Corals have been alerted.

In Scotland, Celtic limbered up for their Uefa Cup first round first leg against Liverpool at Parkhead on Tuesday with a 3-2 win at Fir Park, where Motherwell finished with 10 men. "I felt we showed tremendous character to record our fifth straight win," Celtic's Dutch coach Wim Jansen said.

But he agreed that Greg Denham's sending off, with Well leading 2-1, was the turning point. "As soon as that happened we started to create more chances and showed a lot of fight to recover what was a very physical game."

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