"Remember us in Cups full-crowned,
And let our City-health go round"
We welcome the Bantams to Fortress Bescot (largely consisting of jelly at present) as we look to build on our solitary League 2 win so far this season - and doesn’t that seem a long time ago? City are currently hovering in the play-off area, being one of six teams on 11 points although that position may be misleading, as they have demonstrated a degree of frailty in losing at home to Forest Green Rovers, and away at Crewe Alexandra. There are a few names that emerge when looking for connections between the two clubs, and the current ones are, of course, Richard O’Donnell and Zeli Ismail. It’s unlikely that we will see Zeli on Saturday though - he came on as a substitute in City’s most recent game in the 68th minute and managed to get 2 yellow cards with the inevitable red within the space of 8 minutes!! A player connection from the past is Lee Sinnott, and in the managerial stakes there’s our old friend Chris Hutchings … are there any clubs dog-face hasn’t been sacked from? Anyway, League 2 current form for Bradford City looks like this:-
Aug 10 Grimsby Town (A) Drew 1-1
Aug 17 Oldham Athletic (H) Won 3-0
Aug 20 Stevenage (A) Won 0-1
Aug 24 Forest Green Rovers (H) Lost 0-1
Aug 31 Crewe Alexandra (A) Lost 2-1
Sep 7 Northampton Town (H) Won 2-1
There are two consistent factors associated with The Saddlers at present - one is the number of squad players coming out with quotes like “It’s all coming together” … “Great team spirit” … “Positive outlook from everyone” (etc.), and the other is the consistent inconsistency in the composition of our starting XI (if you follow). The second factor is the main reason why there’s no point in guessing what team we will see at 3pm on Saturday - Darrell Clarke himself doesn’t seem to know, and if he does know then he’s keeping his cards very close to his chest…
Prediction? Come on, we are due for a win, and Bradford City won’t be bringing umpteen thousand season ticket holders with them for support. If we can keep tabs on the likes of James Vaughan let’s see if we can nick this … 1-0 will do !!