Bradford fans: We defend first, second and third – attacking is plan D

Bradford fans: We defend first, second and third – attacking is plan D

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

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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.

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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.