Tomorrow Bolton take on Bradford. Phil Parkinson comes up across against the team he led to a League Cup final and a promotion, but of more importance is the need to stop a run of four league games without a win.
‘I’ve had a good chat with the lads. We need to be more ruthless. We’ve had periods of domination that we haven’t taken recently.’
‘I’m sure our supporters respect Phil enormously for the great job he did here. I totally understand why he felt that this summer was the right time for him to move on – that’s football.’
City boss Stuart McCall
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Jay Spearing is back from a ban but Keshi Anderson is suspended. Zach Clough has been training but a start isn’t nailed on. It will be too soon for Gary Madine.
Player to watch: Jay Spearing
Back from suspension and probably straight back into the team, Bradford are more of a passing team than they were and it will be down to the midfield to frustrate that.
Bradford City Team News:
Nathan Clarke and Rory McArdle won’t feature. There are also two more to be assessed, but Stuart McCall elected not to name them. Cheers, Stuart.
Player to watch: Josh Cullen
The West Ham loanee will be likely pulling the strings in Bradford’s midfield and could be the source of most of their danger.
Match Facts & Stats
We’ve only met once at the Reebok. That was a goalless draw on Boxing Day back in 1998. Bradford boss McCall played in that game.
Bradford would leapfrog Bolton with a win. Bolton could go back top
Bradford are unbeaten on the road, drawing their last two 1-1. We’re unbeaten at home.
I feel with Bradford’s away form, us wobbling a little, and the continued absence of Gary Madine, we may lose again. I hope not though. 1-2
Away to Rochdale on Tuesday, then host Oxford on Saturday. A run of very winnable fixtures are around the corner.