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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Bradford City

31 December 2017

It was a fine festive period for Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town as Greater Manchester proved a happy hunting ground.

The German’s side finished out 2017 with back-to-back away wins at Oldham and Bury. But now, it is a return to Highbury for Town, as they welcome 2018 in with a home match against promotion chasing Bradford City.

Those wins at Boundary Park and Gigg Lane ended the Cod Army’s disappointing run in Sky Bet League One, and propelled Town back into mid-table.

Bradford’s 2017 ended with a 3-2 win over Oxford United at Valley Parade.

Uwe Rosler said…

[AFTER BURY WIN] “My players haven’t been in a situation like that before, and today is a chance for us to look up again. When strikers are scoring goals, and giving each other assists, it is always a very good sign. I thought George Glendon was excellent today and the back four we are solid. There were a lot of good performance out there today and this performance along with the two wins comes from committed teamwork. Also on the bench, the substitutes were good, and Jordy was competitive when he came on and that helps us. Conor McAleny was a threat when he came on, and I am happy he got twenty minutes under his belt."

Bantams boss Stuart McCall said…

“Looking up front, we have Dom (Poleon) and Alex Jones missing through injury, and now Charlie suspended. That is three of our front five unavailable really. The likes of Tim (Dieng) and Shay (McCartan) played their first game in a while (against Oxford), so we'll need to see if they can go again. We would have liked to have freshen things up more, but we have six players out through injury or illness at the moment. If it is just a twenty-four-hour bug, Macca (Tony McMahon) might be back available for Fleetwood but none of the other ones will be. We will look to pick the freshest team we can. On the back of a victory, the lads will be buoyed and ready to give it one big effort on Monday."

The Form Guide

What a difference five days can make! After just one win in their previous nine league games, Fleetwood have now made it two wins from two, and three wins in their last five in all competitions.

Bradford have also won three in five in all competitions, and boast an impressive away record. City have lost just twice on their league travels all season, racking up an impressive eight wins from their 12 away trips, with defeats against AFC Wimbledon and Bury the only blot on their record.

Fleetwood last 5 (League): WLLWW

Bradford last 5 (League): WWLLW

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood fans will fondly remember the most recent encounter between Town and Bradford, as Fleetwood ripped up the form book and subjected City to only their second home league defeat in over a year, with a 3-0 hammering in September. Second half goals from Jordy Hiwula, Devante Cole, and Ash Hunter sealed an impressive victory.

It will be the Yorkshiremen who have the happier memories of the two sides previous meetings though, with a 1-0 aggregate victory in last season’s play-offs sending Bradford through to the final against Millwall.

Of the eleven meetings in total, Fleetwood have won 2, drawn 4 and lost 5.

One To Watch

French midfielder Romain Vincelot is one player that could cause Fleetwood problems on New Years Day. With five goals this season, including in their First Round FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle, he has made 21 appearances so far this season. The Poitiers native made his debut in English football with Dagenham & Redbridge back in 2010 and has since gone on to appear for Brighton, Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Coventry, before moving to West Yorkshire in July 2016.

Wanna Bet?

League partner SkyBet have released their odds for Monday’s game, with just a selection of the options available below.

Fleetwood are 9/5 to claim their win on the trot, while Bradford are 6/4 to take all the points at Highbury. A draw is 23/10.

Fleetwood to win 2-0 with Ash Hunter to score – a repeat of Saturday’s victory at Bury – is available at 50/1, while a simple bet on a 2-1 victory is 9/1.

Dominic Poleon is favourite to score for Bradford at 7/4.

All odds are subject to change.

For more odds, visit www.skybet.com.

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Match Reports

Report: Town lose first game of 2018 after Bradford stage comeback

1 January 2018

It was a case of a game of two halves as Fleetwood Town started 2018 with a 2-1 defeat at home to Bradford City.

Jack Sowerby opened the scoring for Town midway through the first half, but it was goals from Alex Gilliead and Shane McCartan that sealed the win for the Bantams in the second period.

Town pushed hard in the latter stages of the second half, but the West Yorkshire side hung on for all three points.

Uwe Rosler made two changes to the side that won away at Bury on Saturday, with Sowerby and Jordy Hiwula coming in for Markus Schwabl and Wes Burns. Joe Maguire started on the bench with Harrison Biggins missing out of the match day squad.

It was a very bright start from Town as they created the first chance of the match. Kyle Dempsey broke through the Bradford midfielder having being played through by Hiwula, but Sattelmaier saved his shot at goal at his near post inside 40 seconds.

The roles were reversed two minutes later when Dempsey laid the ball of to Hiwula. The striker looked to bend the ball around into the far corner, but his wide ended up marginally wide of the side netting.

Rosler’s men continued to press Stuart McCall’s side and created some openings, unfortunately for Town, the shots towards goal didn’t cause the away side too many problems.

With ten minutes played, Bradford were yet to register a chance, or shot at Chris Neal. The Cod Army looked the more likely to open the scoring and again Dempsey tried his luck from range, with Sattelmaier making a good save once again.

The deadlock was broken with twenty on the clock with Sowerby burying his chance at goal. Hiwula picked up the ball from deep and ran at the Bradford back line, he waited for the right moment and with an inch perfect pass, he set up Sowerby to side foot the ball home. What a start it was for Town.

McCall’s side had their first shot on target soon after the first goal, Ashley Eastham lost the ball in a dangerous area to Nicky Law, and with the playmaker holding the ball up well, he found Gilliead. He opened up his body for a shot, however Neal was well positioned to smoother the ball up.

The game entered a period just before half time where both teams were knocking the ball around well. Both were looking for that one lapse in concentration to create sight at goal, but both defences stood firm.

Town saw out the half with an attack in added on time. It would have been well deserved if they had scored, however the home side couldn’t double their lead before Mr Haines blew his whistle.

The Cod Army started off the second half slowly and it was McCall’s men who has the first attempt at goal. Wyke – whose red card from Saturday was rescinded before kick-off - did well under pressure on the 18-yard box to lay off the ball to McCartan, but his low driven shot at Neal was too close to the experienced goalkeeper.

Bradford levelled the scoring ten minutes into the second half. It was a quick break down the middle of the park for the away side, and McCartan did well to pick out Gilliead on the edge of the box. And with a drop of the shoulder and a quick shot at goal, he sold Coyle and Neal and the ball ended up in the near corner.

Paul Taylor went agonisingly close soon after the equaliser. The number ten was allowed too much space to turn and get his thunderbolt of a strike off at goal; it dipped and swerved in the air with Neal seeing it over his crossbar.

The away side then took the lead in the 63rd minute thanks to McCartan. Town failed to clear the corner inside their box, and with it falling kindly for the striker; he hit the ball on the half volley, and on the turn into a crowed penalty area and into the bottom corner.

Conor McAleny and Burns were introduced with twenty minutes to go, hoping to get the home side back into the game, but were limited to chances and space, as Bradford got tight to the two playmakers and frustrated the eleven in red, and the fans.

McAleny did have the next big chance for Fleetwood. After Burns ran past two players and saw his shot deflected, it found its way to the 25-year-old. McAleny went for a first time shot at goal, but with being off-balance, he saw it sail high into the Memorial Stand.

It wasn’t to be for Town as they start the New Year off with a defeat after two fantastic results on the road. Preparations now begin for the visit of Premier League side Leicester City as they travel here in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Saturday. 

Town XI: Neal (GK), Coyle, Bell, Eastham, Hiwula (Burns 69’), Dempsey, Bolger ©, Glendon, Hunter (McAleny 69’), Sowerby, Cole

Subs not used: Cairns (GK), Pond, Maguire, Rodgers, Schwabl

Bradford XI: Sattelmaier (GK), Vincelot ©, Law, Dieng, Wyke, Taylor, McCartan, Gilliead, Hendrie, Knight-Percival, McMahon

Subs not used: Raeder (GK), Thompson, Field, Hanson, Devine, Gibson, Patrick.

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 3,089 (1,085 away)

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