Hammers hear Brooking's cries
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Not beaten by The Bantams at home since 1933, The Hammers showed their fighting spirit when Jermain Defoe did superbly well by holding the ball up on the left-hand side before cutting in and eluding three would-be tacklers before unleashing a fierce drive from the edge of box on 32 minutes.
The goal was enough to see The Hammers home and could yet persuade Brooking he is the man to steer the club back to The Premiership, as he continues his unbeaten streak while in charge of the East London side.
Crystal Palace surrendered their 100 percent record after losing a hot-tempered affair to Sheffield United 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Peter Ndlovu opened scoring after 18 minutes to give The Blades a 1-0 lead before Palace were given a golden chance to equalise.
Dougie Freedman dubiously went down in the box under a tackle form Phil Jagielka after 26 minutes, but in fairness to the Scottish star he did have to be taken off injured but Neil Shipperley fired his spot kick straight at Paddy Kenny.
Burly hit-man Wayne Allison made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time and Neil Warnock was forced to put Jagielka in goal for the second half with Kenny unable to continue and no substitute goalkeeper on the bench.
Michael Brown was sent off for a professional foul on Wayne Routledge on 68 minutes, before Andrew Johnson set up a tense finish with a converted penalty with 15 minutes remaining but it was not enough for Steve Kember's men.
Norwich City condemned Wimbledon to their fourth defeat on the trot with a 3-2 win at Carrow Road.
Former Wimbledon man Damien Francis got on the end of a Mark Rivers ball to make it 1-0 to The Canaries after 10 minutes before Rivers himself converted a penalty after 27 minutes.
Rivers then notched his second of the game before Dean Holdsworh and Mikele Leigertwood scored consolation goals on 84 and 90 minutes, while Peter Hawkins was sent off for abusive language.
Wigan Athletic secured their first ever win over Ipswich Town thanks to a Nathan Ellington goal at The JJB Stadium.
Last season's top goal scorer Ellington got the winner for Paul Jewell's men 13 minutes into the second half to leave Town still seeking their first win of the season, while Stoke City and Millwall played out a 0-0 draw at The Britannia Stadium.
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Crystal Palace 1-2 Sheffield United
Norwich City 3-2 Wimbledon
Stoke City 0-0 Millwall
West Ham United 1-0 Bradford City
Wigan Athletic 1-0 Ipswich Town
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