Date: 18th October 2008 at 1:29am
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Bradford City welcome Gillingham to Valley Parade hoping to build on last week’s magical nine minute spell in which they stole the points in Accrington.

That win ensures the Bantams remain 5 points ahead of last season’s performance and any points earned against Gillingham would see that figure increased (City’s home performance against the promoted sides was almost entirely awful)

The win took the Bantams momentarily into third place, although Brentford overtook us following their point at Notts County the following day.

Gillingham have been in excellent home form – scoring 9 goals in their last three outings but on the road have produced performances at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Five games ago they were thumped 7-0 by Shrewsbury and away losses at Accrington and Exeter have followed so they will not necessarily be looking forward to the long trip north.

The Bantams have had a mini-wobble at home, taking just 1 point from their last 6 but with a morale boosting victory last week when the side looked down and out the chances are that hope will be high around Valley Parade come 3pm this afternoon

Vital Quotes:

Barry Conlon, responding in the most impressive way possible to Boogate ‘Football is never plain sailing and there will be times when we go one or 2-0 down again.

But when things go against you, hopefully the lads can look back at what happened last week.

That shows we can stick together and come back when a game looks lost.

Last season we were often the team on the receiving end. Now it`s our turn and hopefully the win at Accrington will have changed people`s mindsets.

Nobody was jumping for joy afterwards because we know we can play better but it just shows what you can do if you keep working hard, even if things are going against you.’

Bradford City Team News:

Omar Daley played 70 minutes for Jamaica so despite being back is unlikely to start (or at least we hope he won’t start as it’s likely to set him up for criticism before he begins) but Kyle Nix didn’t really do enough to cement his place last week so this game could be his last chance saloon.

Paul Heckingbottom is back after suspension but Luke O’Brien, like Simon Ainge the week before will be hard done by to get dropped after a fine game.

Paul Arnison is still doubtful after picking up a knock in the reserves but TJ Moncur was less than convincing at Accrington so the right back position may not be straight forward.

The midfield of Colbeck, Furman and McLaren picks itself whilst up front Peter Thorne and Michael Boulding will almost certainly play.

However, with 5 games in 15 days it may be the time for Barry Conlon and Billy Topp to make a significant contribution to the team as both are expected to be named on the bench.

Player to watch: Dean Furman

Continues to earn the plaudits from everyone and you’ve got to think it’s only a matter of time before he gets on the score sheet.

Gillingham Team News:

It’s likely to be a fairly unchanged side for the Gills after their five goal mauling of Morecambe last week.

Like the Bantams the visitors had players on international duty and, like Omar Daley, Andrew Crofts is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Adam Miller’s back injury has cleared up but Dennis Oli is still unavailable.

Player to watch: Simeon Jackson

Scored two last week to take his season’s tally to 5. The former non league player has certainly not looked out of his depth so far this season.

Next Fixtures:

Darlington, Monday, on SKY