Ward's hat-trick rescues Norwich

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Bradford City 3 Norwich City 5 (aet; 3-3 at 90 minutes)

Extra-time goals from Robert Fleck and Andy Johnson completed Norwich City's recovery at the Pulse Stadium last night after they had come within two minutes of being knocked out of the Coca-Cola Cup.

Ashley Ward completed his hat-trick after 88 minutes to spare Fleck's blushes especially and take the third-round replay into extra time. Ward twice put Martin O'Neill's team ahead in the first half. His 11th-minute opener was cancelled out by Paul Showler 13 minutes later but 10 minutes from the interval Ward struck again after Darren Eadie had beaten a static Bradford defence.

Four minutes after the break Bradford were back on terms again through Ian Ormondroyd who nudged home from close range after Rob Newman sliced a corner on to his own bar.

Just before the hour, Bradford went in front for the first time when Bryan Gunn fumbled an Ormondroyd header, allowing Neil Tolson to bundle the ball in.

Five minutes from time Wayne Jacobs tugged Ade Akinbiyi's shirt in the penalty area but Fleck produced a woeful effort from the spot. However, with just two minutes left, Ian Crook hoisted a free-kick into the Bradford box and Ward looped a header over his namesake to give Norwich the chance to win the game in extra time.

Bradford City: Ward; Huxford (Liburd, h-t), Jacobs, Mitchell, Mohan, Ford, Wright (Murray, 64), Hamilton, Ormondroyd, Tolson (Robson, 75), Showler.

Norwich City: Gunn; Bradshaw, Ullathorne, Crook, Newman (Akinbiyi, 80), Prior (Mills, 119), Milligan, Fleck, Ward, Johnson, Eadie. Substitute not used: Marshall.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).