Match Preview: Huddersfield Town Vs Bradford City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 04/10/2011
Huddersfield Town welcome local rivals Bradford City to the Galpharm Stadium for the 2nd round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy (7p.m kick-off). Should the game finish in a draw it will go straight to penalties.Match Preview: Huddersfield Town Vs Bradford City

The Bantams travel the short distance to the Galpharm having not won in their last six matches contract with The Terriers who have three out of their last five games, having beaten Brentford on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 win.

Since Bradford's relegation to League Two in 2007 the sides have one only met once in the Carling Cup back in August 2008. Town won 4-0 that day with former captain Jon Worthington on the score sheet along side a brace from Gary Roberts and a thunderbolt of a free-kick from Robbie Williams. Roberts is only one of two players remaining at the club from that day.

Team News


The Terriers will be without defender Calum Woods who suffered a hamstring injury in the victory over Brentford on Saturday. Jamie McCombe will also miss the match through suspension but apart from Alex Smithies, Town have no other long-term injuries.


A different story for the Bantams as Phil Parkinson has a number of injury problems. Winger Jamie Devitt, on loan from Hull City, is to miss the tie due to a hip injury. There are doubts over defender Andrew Davies (on loan from Stoke) and midfielder Ritchie Jones.

If Davies and Jones do miss the match it is likely Guy Branston and Chris Mitchell will be giving the nod to start.

Nahki Wells will miss out due to international duty with Bermuda, Steve Williams looks very likely to also miss out due to injury but Nialle Rodney could be back from an ankle injury.

Fans' View with Kate Eveleigh

Q1 City have had four different managers in four years does it seem as though Bradford City is becoming an 'impossible job'?

It certainly seems that way at the moment! We've been in League 2 since 2007, and obviously the aim was to get out (the right way!) as soon as possible. This hasn't happened so a lot of the fans are becoming impatient - rather than looking for gradual improvement.

Q2. Former Huddersfield Town favourite Peter Jackson had a brief spell in charge of The Bantams, were you sad to see him go or do you think it was the right decision for him to part company?

I don't think we'll ever know the full story behind what happened. It was completely out of the blue. We hadn't had the best of starts, but I would have liked him to have longer to turn it round.

Q3. Phil Parkinson did an 11th hour U-turn on the Town manager's job in 2007 and left the empty chair to take the flack so we are surprised he turned up at Valley Parade. How has he done since his has taken over?

Not great - 3 draws and 3 defeats. I'm confident he can turn it round - just hope it's sooner rather than later!

Q4. How have your performances and results been lately?

Results haven't been great, but performances are getting better. It's keeping clean sheets thats the main problem at the moment.

Q5. What is your squad like? Any player(s) that have stood out so far this season?

The squad is still mostly young players that Jackson brought in over summer. Oliver (in defence) has improved a lot this season, and Parkinson's new signings Reid and Devitt have performed well.

Q6. What is your prediction for the match?

I think it'll be a tough match. My head says a Huddersfield win, but my heart says we'll win on penalties

You can follow Kate on Twitter @bantamskatee

Anything can happen in a derby it is all about pride but I think Town have too much quality for Bradford and will win 3-1.


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