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Bradford City Preview - Town travel to Valley Parade looking to maintain 100% record over Bantams

20 February 2022

Match Previews

Bradford City Preview - Town travel to Valley Parade looking to maintain 100% record over Bantams

20 February 2022

After being left kicking their heels following Saturday's postponement against Leyton Orient, Town make the short journey across to West Yorkshire on Tuesday to take on Bradford City for the second time in just over as many weeks.

And since the 2-0 victory at The Envirovent Stadium it has been all change for the Bantams as they parted company with Derek Adams following a 1-0 home defeat to Exeter.

Our opponents

Bradford come into the game in 12th spot, sitting two points and three places above Town in the table.
They are the draw specialists in the division and eight of their 15 games at home have ended all-square so far this season.

This has seen them struggle for consistency over the course of the season, failing to win consecutive games since the end of August which has seen them fail to keep pace with the sides hunting for playoff spots.

In their first game since Adams's departure they fell to a 2-0 away defeat to in-form Oldham Athletic, a game that saw skipper Paudie O'Connor red carded.

Previous meetings

Town have a 100% record against their Yorkshire rivals in encounters so far. A pair of Jack Diamond goals in the midpoint of the second-half was good enough a couple of weeks ago to seal all three points at The Envirovent Stadium.



In 2020/21 Town grabbed a win early in the season in front of the Sky cameras thanks to a Lloyd Kerry goal with 15 minutes remaining.

And in the return fixture in mid-April a last minute strike from on-loan Josh McPake earned Town a famous double when it had looked to be heading for a draw after Andy Cook had cancelled out Jack Muldoon's first-half effort.

Ones to watch

The club overhauled the squad following Adams' arrival last summer, bringing in the likes of Lee Angol from Leyton Orient, Andy Cook from Mansfield, Alex Gilliead from Scunthorpe, Oscar Threlked from Salford and Yann Songo'o from his old club Morecambe.

And it Cook who leads the scoring charts with 10 league goals this season, followed by Angol who has netted five times. Winger Charles Vernam has four goals and two assists to his name.

In the January window the Bantams added some key additions on loan, notably Dion Pereira from Luton, Matty Daly from Huddersfield, Tom Elliott from Salford and veteran Nathan Delfouneoso in a bid to climb the table.

The man in charge

Former boss Mark Trueman has assumed the job on a temporary basis following the departure of Adams.

The 36-year-old was previously in joint-charge along with Connor Sellars until the end of last season after the duo initially replaced Stuart McCall and put together a run that saw the side defeated just once in 15 games.

He previously played for a number of non-league sides in the Yorkshire area during his playing days.

Recent history

Bradford have spent much of their recent history in the top two divisions of English football, spending two seasons in the Premier League under Paul Jewell at the turn of the century, the first of which saw them pull off ‘The Great Escape' as the survived relegation on the final day by defeating Liverpool at Valley Parade.

However, consecutive relegations saw them tumble through the divisions in the mid-2000's and although they made a return to League One, they were relegated back to the bottom division following the 2018/19 season.

Team news

Town will once again be without defensive duo Rory McArdle and Lewis Richards as well as midfielder Simon Power. Full backs Ryan Fallowfield and Lewis Page are both available however, having shaken off recent knocks.
 

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