Tuesday 12 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
On this day: Review of February
West Ham United recovered from losing their goalkeeper after only five minutes and from being 4-2 down with 25 minutes remaining to hand Bradford City a defeat that hit their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premier League after promotion last season.
Shaka Hislop was forced off with a broken leg after a clash with Dean Saunders and, with his deputy Craig Forrest on duty with Canada, Harry Redknapp had to send on Stephen Bywater. The debutant had a poor start, failing to claim the ball as Dean Windass headed Bradford into the lead. West Ham hit back through goals from Trevor Sinclair and John Moncur but the West Ham midfielder then conceded the penalty from which Peter Beagrie levelled.
Jamie Lawrence scored twice in four minutes for Paul Jewell's side, the first off a Bywater error, to raise hopes of a shock away win. Substitute Paul Kitson was brought for a three-man attack and won a penalty which, after a tussle with Frank Lampard, Paolo Di Canio converted. Joe Cole, who was on the verge of winning a first England call-up, equalised after a sparkling run and Lampard scored the winner with seven minutes remaining.
"Shaka Hislop's broken his leg - and that's a massive blow for us," Redknapp said. "The kid [Bywater] came on and it was really difficult from him, but he'll learn from the experience and go on to be a top-class 'keeper."
The win lifted West Ham two places in the Barclays Premier League table to ninth, while Bradford remained rooted in the relegation zone.
Redknapp's side remained in that position by the season's end, while Bradford secured a second season in the top flight on the last day of the season. David Wetherall's goal against Liverpool was enough to earn 17th position and send down Wimbledon.
End of season table here.