Date: 11th January 2018 at 7:20am
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Under McCall, I dread 3 things. Cup games, the start of the 2nd half and finally teams at the bottom of the table especially at home. Let’s take a look at our next opponents, 3rd from bottom, Northampton Town, the venue, Valley Parade.

Jimmy cracked corn and I don’t care
Town have managed to win twice in their last 12 games and slipped into the relegation zone. We have a pretty good record against the Cobblers as we have won the last 5 games between our 2 sides having already won away at Sixfields this season. We managed the double last season and a betting man would say the same this weekend. Last weekend McCall would have been personally hurt with the result to Yeovil and like after receiving a punch to the sensitive area which half the population have, you will lash back no matter who is in front of you. McCall owes the Bantam supporters big time and a narrow win won’t be good enough. He will want the team to put in a performance and half and take the game by the scruff of the neck and make the Cobblers suffer. It is time we bullied someone smaller than us. The Cobblers are not exactly proficient in front of goal; leading scorer is Chris Long with 6 to his name this season which means he has scored 16 goals 5 seasons now.

Jimmy cracked McCall and I don’t care
McCall is under extreme scrutiny if he admits it or not. With a terrible record against teams from lower divisions or teams at the bottom of the table, no one is worse than the Bantam manager. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has taken on a tough job at Sixfields and is the type of character to exploit someone’s weaknesses. City have lost to Plymouth who were bottom at the time, AFC Wimbledon, Bury, Oldham and earned a draw against Oldham too so not all negative, in fact, City have lost to 3 of the bottom 5 teams of League 1 and almost threw the game away when leading by 2 goals at home to Rochdale making for a nervy finish. City really need to start bucking the trend against lower teams, and there is nothing that fills me with confidence that McCall can just flip things upside down come this Saturday. Just with my preview for Yeovil, I will say it again, this isn’t a game Northampton Town can win, but it is a game Bradford City can lose.

Head to head and form
20 wins Bradford City
6 draws
6 wins Northampton Town

We are one of the biggest bogey teams for the Cobblers, we beat them in the play off final 3-0 in 2013 in an unforgettable season which means we have beaten them in our last 6 fixtures, in fact, Town has scored only 1 goal in the past 5 fixtures with City. Last season we got the double, the result at Valley parade we won 1-0 thanks to James Hanson. The last time Town won at Valley Parade was back in March 2007, 7 attempts ago, 1-2 City went ahead just after the hour mark through Billy Paynter only for Town to equalise two minutes later with Bradley Johnson scoring before Kenny Deuchar netted the winner with minutes to go. The last time Town got the double was the 1975/76 season.

City last 6 LWWLLW
City last 6 home WLWLWL
Town last 6 WLLLDW
Town last 6 away LLLLLL

6 consecutive losses on the road for Town whilst City have a 50/50 ratio of wins and losses at home. On paper this is a cert home win. But as any Bantam knows, that is more often the case than is. The last win Town had on the road is going back to November 11th at Oxford United which ended a run of 6 games unbeaten. Games go one way or the other and at the moment appear a total lottery on who will take the 3 points. The last draw came 17th October at home to Oldham. City’s results are really a mixed bag at the moment which makes this tie winnable for any team at the bottom of the table.

City’s last 6 results
Yeovil Town (A) 2-0 loss
Fleetwood Town (A) 1-2 win
Oxford United (H) 3-2 win
Peterborough United (H) 1-3 loss
AFC Wimbledon (A) 2-1 loss
Southend United (A) 1-2 win

Northampton Town
Southend United (H) 3-1 win
Wigan Athletic (H) 0-1 loss
Portsmouth (A) 3-1 loss
Doncaster Rovers (A) 3-0 loss
Blackburn Rovers (H) 1-1 draw
Walsall (H) 2-1 win

Last 6 league encounters between City and Town
Sep 2017 – Town 0-1 City
Jan 2017 – Town 1-2 City
Nov 2016 – City 1-0 Town
May 2013 – City 3-0 Town
Apr 2013 – City 1-0 Town
Nov 2012 – City 3-3 Town – City won 4-2 on penalties

Goals in numbers, last 6 games
For – City 9, Town 7
Conceded – Town 10, City 11
Blanks – City 1, Town 2
Clean sheets – Town 0, City 0

Goals in numbers City home/Town away (last 6)
For – City 12, Town 2
Conceded – City 12, Town 16
Blanks – City 1, Town 4
Clean sheets – City 0, Town 0

Leading scorers
12 Charlie Wyke (City)
6 Chris Long (Town)

Boz’s match verdict: Home win

5 Fun Facts

1. As City Manager, McCall is unbeaten against Northampton, in the 2009/10 season McCall registered a draw in October but was released before the home win at Valley Parade. McCall achieved the double last season and a win earlier this season away. A record reads 3 wins and 1 draw.

2. McCall and Hasselbaink have met once as players when Bradford City hosted Chelsea in the Premiership in August 2000. McCall lasted the full 90 minutes whilst Hasselbaink was subbed on 56 minutes at which stage City were winning 1-0. The result was 2-0 goals coming by way of Dean Windass and Benito Carbone.

3. Where does time fly? It is exactly 10 years since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hung up his boots. His final game was the FA Cup final as Championship side Cardiff City lost 0-1 to Portsmouth in May 2008. The ex Chelsea star lost out on the FA Cup winners medal thanks to an ex Arsenal striker in the form of Nwankwo Kanu.

4. Did you know that Bradford City and Hasselbaink’s former club, Chelsea are the only 2 teams to this day to be elected into the football league before they had even played a single senior match.

5. Did you know some people mistakenly identify Stuart McCall’s and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s home nations. Many people incorrectly think Holland is a country where in fact it is a region in the Western part of the Netherlands split into North and South. It would be like calling England by the name of Yorkshire, or Britain by the name of…….Some American’s do similar with Britain referring to the accumulated ‘island’ as England. As they talk of Scotland, you may hear our relatives across the pond quote ‘Scotland, England’, referring that Scotland is either in England, or part of England. For the record, Dutchman Hasselbaink was born in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Suriname, South American), and not in the Netherlands itself, and McCall was actually born in England (Britain) and not Scotland itself.

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