Date: 20th February 2010 at 12:51pm
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After a few slight concerns that today’s game with Accrington Stanley would fall foul of the weather the pitch at the Crown ground has been passed fit for purpose.

Peter Taylor can therefore lead his new side out for the first of three games inside the next 8 days.

Currently languishing in 17th place the Bantams do have a number of games in hand and a good result today could see confidence return ahead of a tricky fixture against Rochdale.

Certainly Peter Taylor is confident of finishing the season much better placed and earning himself a longer contract (irrespective of who might come in for him in the meantime) and has issued a rallying cry to his new men to show they too deserve to be here beyond the summer. Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus he said ‘I want the Bradford supporters to be looking forward to another season at the end of this one.

We had a very good meeting after training and all agreed that recent form isn`t what anybody expects.

Stuart asked to leave last week and, knowing how much he loves this football club, that was a tough decision for him. I said to the players they`ve got to take a little bit of responsibility.

If Bradford were near the top of the table, I don`t think Stuart would have made that decision.

Looking at their faces, they know we can all do a little bit better.

We all know the team have got to start picking up results and putting in a few more positive performances.’


Having had only a week to work with the players the input of Wethers and Jakes will have shaped the team that appears this afternoon. But, in all probability it is unlikely to be too dissimilar to the one that produced such a dire 90 minutes of ‘football’ last week.

Glennon, Luke O’Brien, Ramsden, Rehman and Clarke are likely to be the back line. Although perhaps Steve Williams and Jon Bateson will have pressed their claim for inclusion (perhaps at the expense of Messrs Rehman and Clarke).

In the middle both Michael Flynn and Lee Bullock have dipped in form leaving Peter Taylor with a conundrum to solve. Will he play 433/451 or will he stick with 442? Will he bring Steve O’Leary into the middle? Will Chris Brandon get a look in?

Omar Daley continues to be sidelined meaning that we may see a repeat of Gareth Evans down the left flank. Certainly up front James Hanson seems to be the first name on the team sheet and with Peter Thorne notching another goal for the reserves he must be in contention to partner him.

For the visitors their playoff charge has faltered, a little, in recent weeks but John Coleman’s men still find themselves significantly better placed than the Bantams thanks, in part to a consistency that has seen 7 of the Stanley squad start at least 24 games this season.

The only long term injury remains full back Leam Richardson as Luke Joyce returns from a dead leg leaving Coleman with a full squad to pick from.

This afternoon’s referee is one Trevor Kettle, someone well known to Bantams fans and someone so notorious they even have their own Facebook hate group.

Don’t forget that if you’re Tweeting about the game, stick #asvbc on the end.