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Big Preview: Bradford City vs Southend United

18 January 2019

Bradford City vs Southend United

Chris Powell’s Blues travel to Yorkshire this weekend to take on Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium with eyes on a league double over the Bantams.

Southend won the reverse fixture against Bradford 2-0 and will be hoping for the same scoreline again tomorrow afternoon, which would be a repeat of their last visit to Bradford back in April.

But they come up against a Bradford side who have found some form recently, winning four of their last six league games to help ease their relegation fears.

Bradford still sit in the relegation zone, one point off safety, but they’ll be keen to return to winning ways with a fifth straight home win after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell. 

Bradford City: LWWLWW

Southend United: LLWLWL

18th August 2018: Southend United (Hopper, Cox) 2 vs 0 Bradford City

28th April 2018: Bradford City 0 vs 2 (White, Fortune) Southend United

16th December 2017: Southend United (Ranger) 1 vs 2 (Poleon, Wyke) Bradford City

Blues’ first signing of the January transfer window, Sam Hart, will go straight into the squad to face the Bantams and provide a much-needed boost to Chris Powell’s side.

Powell is also hopeful that Taylor Moore will be available again after he returned to training this week following a hamstring injury that saw him miss out last weekend.

Fellow defenders Harry Lennon and Jason Demetriou are continuing their recoveries but are unlikely to feature this month, while goalkeeper Mark Oxley remains out with a back problem.

Bradford will have new signing Jermaine Anderson available after the midfielder joined this week on loan from Peterborough United until the end of the season.

Adam Chicksen is unavailable as he serves the first of a two-game ban, with Sean Scannell and Kevin Mellor out long-term with back and knee injuries respectively. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

"They’ve got some results since David [Hopkin] has come in and quietly gone about his business. It was very tough at the start but of course that happens through the changes, but ultimately you have to do your best on the field and they have got some results and performances of late.

"We have to contend with them and be ready for them. Like all games at this level you have to be ready to compete and stake a claim to try and win the game.

"They’re very direct and they will put it on us. We’ve been working on that. I got my anger from the Plymouth game out the way on Monday because I didn’t want it lingering. We started our work on Tuesday and we know what we’re coming up against. We’re facing a player everyone knows well in Jack Payne and we’ll have to do our best to deal with what they will throw at us to win the game. 

"We did well there last year and it’ll be good for us to emulate that result from Valley Parade last year."

David Hopkin, Bradford City Manager:

“We need to make sure we are fully focused and I’m sure we’ll bounce back from the defeat.

“It’s going to be hard now to push on. We can’t rest because we had a December when we won a few games.

“We need to win a few games every month between now and the end of the season to make sure we’re still in League One.”

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Match Report: Bradford 0-4 Southend

19 January 2019

Blues pulled off their best away performance of the season by dispatching Bradford City 4-0 at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Southend got off to the perfect start when Simon Cox curled the ball into the back of the net with the outside of his boot inside 75 seconds to stun the home side.

That was the first goal Bradford had conceded at home since November and the second wasn’t far behind when Sam Mantom scored an equally spectacular goal midway through the first-half.

Nathan Bishop pulled off a remarkable reaction save to prevent George Miller halving Southend’s lead before debutant Stephen Humphrys capitalised on a mistake at the back to seal the points.  

Pushing for a fourth, Blues had a strong shout for a penalty for a foul on Michael Turner waved away before Humphrys rounded off a debut to remember with a brilliant fourth.

There aren’t many words to describe how much of a turnaround in fortunes this was following last weekend’s loss at home to Plymouth Argyle, but the 4-0 scoreline didn’t flatter the visitors who had been much the better side from the get-go.

Chris Powell had been crying out for some new faces in his squad and this week Blues picked up two new signings with Sam Hart and Stephen Humphrys coming in, and both went straight into the starting line up as part of four changes for Southend.

Bradford themselves made two changes and they were defending an impressive recent home record having won their last four matches at the Northern Commercials Stadium, not conceding a goal on home soil since November.

But almost immediately Blues ended that run of home clean sheets by scoring within 75 seconds with a superbly taken goal by Simon Cox. A long ball forward fell kindly to the striker who arched the ball beyond Richard O’Donnell with the outside of his foot to give Southend the perfect start.

With the return of Taylor Moore and the arrival of Hart, Blues had reverted to their 3-5-2 formation which had brought them a lot of success earlier in the season and they looked a completely different side to that that lost disappointingly to Plymouth last weekend.

Bradford looked almost stunned after going down so early and they were left scratching their heads when Southend scored an excellent second through Sam Mantom. The skipper picked the ball up on the edge of the area before curling a beautiful strike into the bottom corner to double Blues’ lead.

Frustrations were starting to show from the home side and Southend could have gone into the break even further in front with new-boy Humphrys forcing a smart save from O’Donnell with a low strike before former Bantam Timothee Dieng made O’Donnell tip away his long-range effort.

Presumably having received a rollicking from manager Dave Hopkin at half-time, Bradford started brightly in the second-half and went close to halving the deficit when George Miller’s header from close range was stopped by a remarkable reaction save from Nathan Bishop.

Bradford’s bright start though was cut short after an error at the back by the Bantams skipper Anthony O’Connor led to Southend extending their lead and gifting Humphrys a goal that his debut had arguably deserved.

O’Connor’s backwards header was way too short for goalkeeper O’Donnell, landing into the path of Humphrys who accepted the gift by rounding the keeper and calmly scoring on his debut to make it 3-0 to Blues.

Southend were in dreamland while nothing was going right for the home side who had a Hope Akpan goal ruled out for offside, although they were quite fortunate to get away with a penalty shout when Michael Turner was hauled down inside the area as Blues pushed for a fourth.

In the end though Blues would grab that fourth goal, with Humphrys marking a memorable debut by cutting onto his left foot and curling the ball beyond the despairing dive of O’Donnell, sparking the Bradford fans to head for the exits as Blues romped to a deserved three points.

Bradford City XI: O’Donnell, McGowan, A O’Connor (C)(Wood 66’), Doyle (Anderson 86’), Payne, Miller (Colville 76’), Akpan, Knight-Percival, Caddis, O’Brien, Ball. Subs Not Used: Wilson, P O’Connor, Devine, Ellington

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Hyam, Turner, Dieng, Cox (Kelman 86’), Mantom (C)(Yearwood 81’), Moore, Humphrys (Robinson 76’), Hart, White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Kightly, McLaughlin, Hendrie

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistants: Geoffrey Liddle & Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Nik Barnard

Scorers:

Bradford City: None

Southend United: Simon Cox 2’, Sam Mantom 26’, Stephen Humphrys 54’, 73’

Yellow Cards:

Bradford City: Eoin Doyle 36’

Southend United: Sam Hart 29’, Sam Mantom 30’

Attendance: Unknown

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Bradford Ticket & Travel Details

15 January 2019

Tickets for Blues' Sky Bet League One game away to Bradford City on Saturday 19 January will come off sale on Friday from the Blues Box Office.

We have been given an initial allocation of 505 tickets, with more available if required. These tickets are situated in the East Stand.

There are also three pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets for this fixture.

Prices for the match are as follows;

Category Price
Adults £20
OAP (60+) £15
Students £15
Juniors (Under 16) £10
Under 11's (when purchased with an adult ticket) £5

Disabled fans pay the age relevant price and must be in receipt of DLA at the higher level, or middle rate for mobility.

Tickets will come off sale on Friday 18 January at midday. Please note that adult tickets increase to £25 on the day so we encourage supporters to buy in advance. It will be cash only at the turnstiles.

Any fans collecting tickets at Bradford will need to do so from the players entrance on South Parade

Travel details for the game can be found here.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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