Match Preview: County v Bradford Metropolis

County have the chance to maneuver into the play-off locations for the primary time this season on Tuesday evening, as we tackle fellow promotion-hopefuls Bradford Metropolis underneath the lights.

Regardless of the frustration of Saturday’s sport at Crewe being known as off late within the day, County stay in a promising place in League Two, with all of the groups in and round us additionally seeing their video games postponed.

We sit tenth within the desk heading into this encounter, three factors behind Bradford Metropolis within the closing play-off spot. The 2 sides instantly above us within the desk, Barrow and Mansfield City, usually are not in motion on Tuesday evening, which means a win in opposition to the Bantams would see us climb into the highest seven on aim distinction, and to inside six factors of the automated promotion locations with a sport in hand.

Bradford, managed by former Manchester Metropolis boss Mark Hughes, had been set to tackle Carlisle on the weekend earlier than that sport too fell foul to the climate. Their final sport was at AFC Wimbledon over per week in the past, a 0-0 draw through which midfielder Jamie Walker was despatched off for a second bookable offence.

Regardless of a dip in type in current weeks, they continue to be firmly within the race for computerized promotion – trailing 3rd place Northampton by six factors with a sport in hand.

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Since we final met:

Bradford had been flying excessive when these two sides met again in October, sitting 12 factors above County in 4th having picked up 21 factors from their opening 11 video games of the season – a mean of 1.9 factors per sport.

Dave Challinor’s facet upset the shape e book that day nonetheless, as Paddy Madden’s first-half penalty earned County their first away factors of the season, inflicting a primary house defeat of the marketing campaign on Bradford within the course of. The end result lifted us to 16th within the desk, with Bradford dropping down to sixth.

Paddy Madden’s penalty at Valley Parade secured our first away win again within the Soccer League

It was a win that sparked an actual turnaround in County’s season, who at the moment sit high of the League Two type desk over the past ten video games with 22 factors. Bradford, against this, sit 13th in that type desk having picked up 14 factors from their final ten.

Their fast response to that defeat was really optimistic, as they went six unbeaten in League Two with three wins and three attracts. Three successive defeats then adopted nonetheless, in opposition to promotion rivals Northampton, Leyton Orient and Carlisle, and Hughes’ facet come into this encounter with simply two wins from their final seven league outings.

Their house type has been a problem at instances this season – they’ve the fourth-best away report within the division after Leyton Orient, Northampton and Salford, however sit 11th within the house type desk. This was highlighted by a irritating 2-1 defeat to backside of the desk Rochdale at Valley Parade a fortnight in the past.

There’s nonetheless lots to be optimistic about nonetheless, as they continue to be in contact with the highest three regardless of that drop off in type. They’ve been proactive within the switch market too, with 5 incomings and 5 outgoings because the window opened.

Former Premier League striker Matt Derbyshire, who labored with Hughes throughout his time as Blackburn Rovers supervisor, has joined on a short-term deal. The 36-year-old was most just lately taking part in for Indian top-flight facet NorthEast United.

County have now received 5 of their final six league video games at Edgeley Park, protecting 5 clear sheets.

Defender Tolaji Bola, winger Thierry Nevres and striker Dara Costelloe have all been introduced in on mortgage, from Rotherham United, West Ham and Burnley respectively – each Bola and Derbyshire are nonetheless ready to make their debut since becoming a member of.

Skilled former Middlesbrough and Leeds United midfielder Adam Clayton has additionally been introduced in from Doncaster Rovers, with the 34-year-old probably in line to make his debut on Tuesday evening.

One to observe:

Bradford do boast one of the crucial prolific frontmen in League Two amongst their ranks, within the form of Andy Cook dinner. The previous Tranmere Rovers man has scored 13 targets in League Two to date this season, with solely Sam Hoskins and Kristian Dennis scoring extra within the race for the golden boot.

He shall be trying to finish a barren spell on Tuesday evening although, having failed to attain in his final seven appearances – a run stretching again to November. It’s a run that has seen him drop out of the beginning XI in current weeks, named on the bench in every of Bradford’s final 4 video games.

How they miss their targets. No different participant within the Bradford squad has greater than three in League Two this season, with second-top scorer Tyreke Wright having been recalled by dad or mum membership Aston Villa, to be offered on to Plymouth Argyle.

Match Stats:

  • County shall be trying to do the league double over Bradford for the primary time because the 2001/02 season within the Championship, after we received 4-2 at Valley Parade and 1-0 at Edgeley Park, due to a aim from Luke Beckett.
  • This would be the 114th aggressive assembly between the 2 sides. County have the historic edge – our win there earlier this season was our fiftieth in opposition to the Bantams, with Bradford profitable 36 of the earlier encounters.
  • County have solely failed to attain twice within the final 21 video games in all competitions, away at Grimsby City and Tranmere Rovers.

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