Preview: Fleetwood Town v Bradford City

After an appalling home performance against Wycombe, City are in need of a win with Saturday, with The Bantams travelling to Fleetwood.

The performance against Wycombe was nothing short of unacceptable; something reiterated throughout the week by fans and players alike. Vice-Captain Anthony O’Connor wore his heart in his sleeve in an interview with the Telegraph and Argus, bashing the team’s performance and questioning some of his own team mate’s commitment to the cause.

This sort of interview only 6 games into the season shows exactly the situation at Bradford at the moment, with little to no enthusiasm from any sort of fan heading into this fixture against the seaside club. In comparison, Fleetwood have had a solid start under new manager Joey Barton, winning 2 and drawing 2, including the thrashing of Scunthorpe 0-5, whilst suffering only 1 defeat and sit 6th in the table.

City head into the fixture with only 1 new addition to the squad, with midfielder Lewis O’Brien joining from Huddersfield Town, who is yet to make his first professional appearance. City are also set to be without Sean Scannell, with the winger coming off injured last week and is still not ready for a return to action.

City did in fact opt for a change in formation in the loss vs Wycombe, reverting to 4-4-2 instead of 4-2-3-1. However, up alongside Eoin Doyle, there was no sign of another out and out striker starting, instead Sherwin Seedorf started in the front pairing, despite having strikers Miller and Bruenker on the bench. City’s options up front are limited, and will remain so until January, as the club, much to the dismay of many City supporters, have not brought in an extra striker before the 5pm loan deadline. With Alex Jones not fit, this should have been addressed.

MEANWHILE, the club have announced experienced centre half Matt Killgallon has left the club by ‘mutual consent’, and is expected to sign a contract north of the border at Hamilton.

LAST TIME- In the last outing at Highbury, Bradford kicked off the new year right, beating the hosts 1-2, with second half goals from Alex Gillead and Shay McCartan completing the comeback.

Opposition Key Player- Ched Evans.

The on-loan Sheffield United striker has hit 4 in 5 for the Cod Army, and is renowned for his prolific ability, offering a menacing challenge for the City backline.

Prediction- No optimism from me. 2-0 Fleetwood.

PREDICTED XI-

O’Donnell

Chicksen, O’Connor, McGowan, Riley

Wright, Akpan

Seedorf, Payne, Colville

Doyle

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