Today’s visit to London is the moment for the Bantams to get back on the wagon after last Saturday’s defeat.
The exhilarating defeat last Saturday had an outcome that was undeserved for the hosts. Today Stuart will be wanting his team to perform a similar mugging.
John Still has once again put together a great looking team. Despite having some of his talented squad transfer, en masse, to Brentford over the summer he has once again plucked some great signings from the non-league and London area to see his side sitting second in the league table.
Our hosts have amassed 7 points more than us in the 12 games so far, most recently with a two nil home victory over Darlington.
Formwise, the Bantams have just finished their 10 game unbeaten streak. Their hosts are unbeaten at home for the whole season but did loss at Barnet three weeks ago.
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Dagenham & Redbridge Team News:
John Still is without midfielder Danny Spiller who has been ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring injury. Fortunately for the Daggers their striker Josh Scott, scorer of 5 goals in 13 and plucked from non-league obscurity has shaken off the ankle injury he sustained last week.
Player to watch: Josh Scott
Scored the quickfire second for the Daggers last week and will be worth keeping an eye on as a goal less than every three games is a brilliant record.
Bradford City Team News:
Stuart McCall is stumped by his selection today. BfB suggests he needs to field 13 players to cope with the form of his squad and the players looking to be brought back in.
In goal Simon Eastwood is a given.
In front of him the backline of Simon Ramsden, Steve Williams, Zesh Rehman and Luke O’Brien will not be changed although it must be a concern to him how regularly we are being breached despite looking solid and assured.
Stuart’s midfield choice – will it be 3, 4 or 5?
If 3 then James O’Brien, Michael Flynn and Lee Bullock will continue their partnership where various of them earn plaudits depending on where you sit in the ground.
If 4 then Chris Brandon may be added at the top of a diamond but if 5 then Scott Neilson and he might be out on the flanks.
But that would pose problems up front because could Michael Boulding be the one to lead the line at the top of a 4-5-1? He certainly can’t be dropped for scoring 3 goals in 3, it doesn’t send the right message if he does get dropped. Especially after taking a pay cut to stay at the club.
And would you show James Hanson the bench? Surely Gareth Evans would be worth playing in a game where it’s all about harrying the opposition. And now Peter Thorne is fit surely the captain walks into the side!?
Whatever Stuart does, it’s going to keep people hungry. I anticipate Hanson and Boulding continuing their partnership (because we shouldn’t forget that Micky didn’t just score he also created for his partner).
Hopefully Stuart picks this one properly!
Player to watch: Simon Eastwood
We’ve conceded 20 goals so far this year. Not all of those are Eastwood’s fault but the defence needs to take the responsibility and start to be solid at the back.
We’ve had Mick Russell already this season against Burton
Last week I had said to my friend that it would be a 3-2 game. Unfortunately I had thought we’d have won.
Next Saturday it’s the visit of Hereford to Valley Parade. The previous time that happened I ended up writing to the head of the referees. Looking forward to a week that is without stress so it doesn’t tip me over the edge then!