Swindon Town are back at SN1 this weekend and will be looking to put the poor home form behind them this season as they entertain Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday fantastic midweek away win in London against a Sutton United side who had started to life In the EFL fantastically, has propelled Ben Garner side back into the top three after a dip into 6th place after the draw against Rochdale last weekend.
It was really a brilliant away performance, came out of the blocks wonderfully with two amazing goals. Louis Reed channelling his best Juninho Pernambucano with a wonderful free kick. The second goal was not too bad either with Jonny Williams showing his qualities from long range, his second goal in his last two appearances.
As to be expected Swindon Town came under a little bit of pressure in the final 20-25 minutes as Sutton United were pushing for an equaliser. But the defence really stood tall, and we got to see a resilient display under the Sutton bombardment of long ball. Shown with the return of Mathieu Baudry who was bandaged up after a clash of heads in the first half. A solid return to the first team after a time of the XI due to injury. A bit sloppy at first but soon as the game went on, the Frenchman showed his qualities. Stepped up well after Dion Conroy injury which will keep the club captain out of Saturday home game.
Was impressed with the team that Ben Garner put out, it was very fluid in attack and that showed in the first half display. Plus was really impressed with the substitutions that was made, especially in a busy schedule with the third game this week to be played in 7 days. Gave some important players some rest and rotation before the game with Bradford City on the weekend.
Predicted XI vs Bradford.
Wollacott, Odimayo, Baudry, Critchlow, Hunt, Reed, Williams, Iandolo, Payne, McKirdy, Simpson.
Bradford City are the visitors to the County Ground this weekend and they find themselves in midtable in 12th place after 13 games this season. 17 points picked up from 13 games with 4 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats.
Bradford City recent run of form has been appalling. Just one victory in the last 6 league Two games. That was a 2-0 home win over Rochdale at the start of October. Bradford City are winless in the last three games, two draws which were back-to-back. A 0-0 away draw at Newport County, that was followed up by a 2-2 draw at home to Bristol Rovers. In the midweek round of action Bradford City lose at home 3-1 to Hartlepool United.
Derek Adams is the Bradford City manager; he took over in the summer after guiding Morecambe to promotion out of League two to League one via the playoffs. Signed a contract to the summer of 2024, which may have been a bit brave and with hindsight being 20-20, that could backfire in the next few months If Bradford City continue with this poor run of form.
In all competitions, Adams record at Bradford City is a little underwhelming. 16 games in charge, 4 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats with a points per game record of 1.06. Derek Adams likes to use a 4-2-3-1 which is his preferred set up in formation and the results haven’t been good enough.
By Scot Monroe.