Bradford City get back to action with the visit of Accrington Stanley to Valley Parade.
Last season the 3-0 humiliation the home fans witnessed against the plucky Lancastrians was the lowest point of an otherwise encouraging season and the later victory at The Fraser Eagle Stadium was not only part of the encouragement but also served the chance for revenge.
New season and now the boot is on the other foot. After the 3 goal salvo at the end of a match that looked lost it will be John Coleman’s men looking for revenge when they visit Valley Parade.
Stanley travel to Yorkshire having recorded just one victory in their last 6 outings, a home win at home to Grimsby. On their travels they’ve endured a torrid time having only recorded 2 victories all season.
Statistically then it should be a good game for the Bantams to put their goalscoring blues behind them (the visitors have conceded 15 goals in 6 matches) and to consolidate their position at the top of the table. However, should results go against the Bantams we could find ourselves in 8th place.
Stuart McCall, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds ‘at the moment there’s a nice feeling about the club.
There’s a good spirit in the dressing room with everyone determined to push each other all the way and that can only be good for the team and the squad.
We’ve just got to concentrate on what we do on Saturday because I’ve got great belief in the way the lads are playing at the moment.’
Bradford City Team News:
Stuart McCall has welcomed back Lee Bullock, Peter Thorne and Joe Colbeck to training this week and they will be pushing for inclusion in the Bradford City side.
However, it is probably only Peter Thorne who will be included with Barry Conlon dropping to the bench so that the leading scorer can partner Michael Boulding.
At the back Rhys Evans, Paul Arnison, Matt Clarke, Graeme Lee and Luke O’Brien pick themselves.
In the middle Nicky Law and Paul McLaren will ensure Furman and Bullock stay on the bench whilst Omar Daley will be matched by Steve Jones with Joe Colbeck having to watch from the sidelines until he gets a chance to return to the side.
Player to watch: Peter Thorne
The Bantams have been missing his goals and hopefully a month in the wings will mean he’s raring to go tomorrow!
Accrington Stanley Team News:
Accrington’s keeper Kenny Arthur has recovered from a kidney infection so is set to start although fellow goalie Ian Dunbavin has been under the watchful eye of the law after the Gerrard incident.
However, the match is likely to come too soon for defender Robbie Williams and his knee injury whilst John Mullin’s ankle means he will remain sidelined for two to three more weeks.