There’s mixed views from three Bradford fans as they tell us the manager is “frustrating and magnificent” in equal measures.
REP interviewed three users of the Claret and Banter messageboard
About the fans…
BantamFan – I’ve been a Bantam since 1967. My dad took me for my eventh Birthday. I have followed City home and away since then. I’ve seen some good games, some great games but mainly average to crap games.
Bob Fossil – I started going to city in the early 90’s when I was just a nipper.
Heavensentcityg3nt – I’ve been supporting city for the last 30 years – there were only two seasons in that period I wasn’t a season ticket holder and I was a steward in the Premier League seasons.
How are your team doing?
We have scored less goals than Crewe. Think about that…
BantamFan – About where we expected to be. If we can manage to win our games in hand we will be in the play-off zone. We’re not playing that well but we are tough to beat but are suffering from a lack of goals.
Bob Fossil – We are streaky, we are much better defending than we are attacking, when our defence falters we do not win. We have scored less goals than Crewe. Think about that…
Heavensentcityg3nt – Well, in the summer there was talk of a takeover bringing with it money for the “cream of the crop” to fire us to promotion. We did have a bit of cash from the cup run and some player sales but the takeover never happened and only derailed our recruitment – missing out on our main targets – as a result what was optimism turned to the usual concern. In the end – on paper – we recruited well. However we suffered a shedload of injuries too. We’ve had a sluggish start but we are tenth with a couple of games in hand to make the top six – unthinkable after s few games in.
Where you think you will finish?
BantamFan – In the play-offs.
Bob Fossil – 12th-8th.
Heavensentcityg3nt – Fifth – as we step up when it matters which is why I think we would get through the play-offs.
Who should we watch out for?
BantamFan – We have none that is the problem!
Bob Fossil – TBC / not applicable, I’ve been mulling it over for a couple of days and Ben Williams and James Meredith are our danger men.
Heavensentcityg3nt – On their day we have a range of good players but on his day Reid will tear you a new one.
What are your thoughts on your manager?
He is stubborn, we defend first, second and third, attacking is plan D…
BantamFan – He’s defensive minded but he has brought us from the verge of extinction, again, to play-off candidates in League One with some incredible cup runs thrown in so no real complaints.
Bob Fossil – He is stubborn, we defend first, second and third, attacking is plan D. He is still stubborn. If we are winning expect like for like substitutions 70-75 mins in and Luke James to come on in the 93rd minute… If we are losing expect like for like substitutions 70-75 mins and Luke James to come on in the 93rd minute… If we are drawing expect like for like substitutions 70-75 mins and Luke James to come on in the 93rd minute!!
Heavensentcityg3nt – He’s a legend – tactically he’ not the best but he manages to keep us progressing – he’s frustrating and magnificent in equal measure.
What are your thoughts on your board?
BantamFan – The board run the club well, we are financially stable and the off field activities are improving all the time.
Bob Fossil – Things are just plodding along, we might not go into administration again in the short to medium term so I guess that’s as good as it gets.
Heavensentcityg3nt – The chairman supports the club and I prefer it that way – the club has always had a nice community focus too.
Did you attend the reverse fixture earlier this season? If so what were your thoughts on the game?
BantamFan – The first-half was probably yours. Second-half we definitely came more into it and I thought we shaded it. Overall a moment of brilliance from Cole was the difference between the two teams.
Bob Fossil – It was largely forgettable, and as such I am unable to comment. (I honestly have to google the result) not had a chance to google the score yet. I bet we scored 2 or fewer goals though.
Heavensentcityg3nt – Average, you are a better team without Tom Dope.
A score prediction?
If you score two you will probably win the game…
BantamFan – 1-0 Bradford. If you score two you will probably win the game.
Bob Fossil – 0-0. Bring a good book or an adequately charged tablet device.
Heavensentcityg3nt – 0-2 Hanson, Reid.