Bradford City v Aldershot Town preview – Bantams will avoid cup upset

Bradford City face Aldershot Town in an FA Cup first round replay tonight

Bradford City v Aldershot Town preview – Bantams will avoid cup upset

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Glen Laidlaw

November 18th, 2015

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These two sides fought out a goal-less draw in their first encounter on 8th November and the National League side make the journey to West Yorkshire hopeful of causing an upset by knocking their League One opponents out of the FA Cup.

Aldershot Town’s form in the league has been pretty poor and they will be hopeful that the welcome distraction of a decent run in this competition could reignite their National League campaign where they currently sit 14th with 28 points to their name.

Their last league win was against Boreham Wood last month and since then they have lost twice and drawn two and they head into this replay on the back of a poor 2-0 defeat away to Kidderminster. Unsurprisingly manager Barry Smith was less than impressed with his team’s performance on that occasion and had a few harsh words to say following the final whistle.

“I cannot defend that second-half performance. Kidderminster out-worked us and that is a sad indictment of our players. It’s not a standard that I would accept, and the boys know that.

“We’ve again created chances and we’ve not put them away in the first-half, and if they go in it’s a different game, but we’ve started the second-half slowly because the players thought the game would become easy.

“If they’ve got any thoughts about the game on Wednesday, they’ve probably just put themselves out of the team.”

Bradford City are having a better time in their league campaign than their opponents tonight. The Bantams sit seventh in League One and are outside the play-off zone purely on goal-difference with six draws and seven victories to their name from their opening 17 league matches. Indeed, their last defeat was a 2-0 loss to Colchester in late September and following a subsequent run of seven games unbeaten, they will be confident of sweeping aside their non-league opponents at the second time of asking tonight.

They head into this fixture on the back of an excellent 2-0 victory at home to Crewe Alexandra, manager Phil Parkinson saying after that win:  “We had a lot of chances in the first and you do get a bit concerned when they don’t go in. But I thought the lads showed tremendous patience with the way we passed the ball and kept switching the play.

“We finally got our rewards with Gary Liddle’s goal and then got a second through Billy Clarke in the second half, which is the cushion you always need.”

Bradford City start this match as firm favourites to win and thus qualify for the next round. Back Bradford to beat Aldershot tonight at 4/9 with Betfred.

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