Bradford City have sights on promotion spot for Swindon clash

Swindon recently appointed Tim Sherwood as director of football Picture: Creative Commons

Swindon recently appointed Tim Sherwood as director of football
Picture: Creative Commons

 

By Nic Barnes

Bradford City will aim to  keep up the pressure on Bolton and Sheffield United for an automatic promotion spot when they travel to a Swindon side who have only won two in ten games.

Stuart McCall’s men come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win to Northampton but have themselves only won two of their last seven away games.

Swindon, who recently appointed Tim Sherwood as director of football, are hovering precariously above the relegation zone, just two points above 21st placed MK Dons. The Robins come into the game after claiming a hard fought point away at 9th placed Southend.

Uncertainty surrounds who calls the shots at Swindon Town, as Tim Sherwood reportedly decides which tactics to adopt and which players are to play. Head coach Luke Williams sits on the bench on match days though, with Sherwood in the stands. Amazingly, in Swindon’s recent FA Cup bout with Eastleigh, Sherwood came down from the stands to the touchline with Swindon trailing 2-0 at halftime and appeared to take control of managerial duties.

Whichever of the two Swindon men are in charge of taking training, they will have been very happy to see such a well worked goal on Tuesday night:

Bradford are hoping to have top goalscorer Billy Clarke (6) and Timothee Dieng back fit for the game.

Assistant manager Kenny Black told the Telegraph and Argus: “Billy Clarke and Timothee Dieng are both improving as the days go on and we are hopeful of having them both available.

“Billy had a terrific start to the season and is in good form, as is Tim. They’re a big loss to us if they’re not available but it gives us two good options if they are fit to play.”

Meanwhile Swindon are sweating on the fitness of Micheal Doughty and Bradley Barry. Williams told The Swindon Advertiser: “Both of them are nursing small injuries that ruled them out for Tuesday but we will assess them and see if they have got a chance to be available for the next fixture.”

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