Group F reads
Bradford City 6 – GD 3
Chesterfield 3 – GD -1
Manchester City 2 – GD -1
Rotherham United 1 – GD -1
We take on bottom of the group Rotherham United at home on Tuesday evening, normally I would see Rotherham United as a very tough tie and never like playing them, but mathematically United can only progress if they beat the Bantams and Man City beat Chesterfield on penalties, but I think the Millers will already be consigned to forgetting the Football League Trophy this season and concentrating on the league.
We are past the group stages
We already have won 2 games from 2 in the trophy, and no matter what happens come Tuesday evening heading towards 10pm, City will be through to the knock out stages irrespective what happens in the other game even if we lose massively. McCall doesn’t do too bad in the Trophy and sees this as an opportunity to earn a bit more money for the coffers. Although we haven’t made it to Wembley yet, we are not far off getting to the latter stages. I can’t see this season being any different and to play a team that has nothing to play for I can see this game not being too difficult for the Bantams.
Still an outside chance for the Millers
Never ever discount the Millers no matter the competition. They may need Man City to win on penalties and to beat the Bantams at Valley Parade to progress with a better goal difference over the Man City U21 side to get through to the knock out stages, but that will be a tall order. Rotherham are one of the better side at our level and we will field a weakened team as all the hard work is done. We win we are through, we draw we top Group F, we lose at worst we still qualify in 2nd to get past the group. Will this game be more of an exercise for both clubs? This will put a bit more uncertainty on the game either way.
Head to head and form
28 Bradford City wins
36 Rotherham United wins
We tend to do quite poor with our South Yorkshire neighbours and I’m not surprised United have the upper hand in head to head.
Bradford City last 6 WWWLDL
Rotherham United last 6 LLDLWW
Bradford City last 6 home WWLDWL
Rotherham United last 6 away LDLWLL
United’s form is pretty poor already we have beaten them 1-0 in the league back in September at home thanks to a Romain Vincelot goal. The previous time United played at Valley Parade they won 0-1 in the 2013/14 season thanks to ex City loanee Haris Vuckic. Form may go out of the window for this competition, but United are definitely not at their best.
Boz’s match verdict: Home Win
5 Fun Facts
1. The last time Rotherham United tasted victory in the trophy was back in November 2013 away to Hartlepool 1-2, goals coming from Tom Eaves and Kieran Agard for the away side. The Pools only goal came from ex Rotherham player Andy Monkhouse.
2. The last goalless home draw Rotherham United manager Paul Warne experienced as a player was actually against Bradford City as the Millers drew 0-0 in September 2010 in League 2.
3. Rotherham United will be gunning for promotion this season, but did you know that in the 1972/73 season United managed to gain the record of having the most points for any relegated team in the English league, 41 points in the 3rd division. This was back in the day when a win was rewarded with 2 points.
4. Rotherham United won the Football League Trophy in the 1995/96 season beating Shrewsbury Town 2-1 thanks to a brace from Nigel Jemson, ex City Permiership goalkeeper Matt Clarke featured for the Millers. This is the first and only time United have won the trophy. That season City’s group all finished on 2 points and City lost as progress was decided on drawing lots, meaning City was classed bottom out of 3 teams.
5. Did you know that the late Emlyn Hughes would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year if he was still alive. The ex Miller and Liverpool legend passed away 13 years ago to the day come Thursday this week of a brain tumour aged only 57. Hughes played for Rotherham between 1981-1983 during a period of his only managerial position and also played for England between 1969-1980.
Can we make it 2 cup game wins in a matter of days?
Group F reads