Even the most optimistic of football fans has to admit it doesn’t look good for Bradford City at the moment.
They’re 23rd in League One and four points from safety with matches running out.
There’s ten left to play and this evening they host leaders Luton Town, currently on a record unbeaten away run.
It just doesn’t bode well at all for a club on their third manager and second chairman of a turbulent and disruptive campaign.
Gary Bowyer is the man currently in charge of the Bantams and he got off to a great start this weekend as they secured s 3-1 win against Peterborough United at Valley Parade.
Unfortunately, all of the bottom four won merely closing the pack once more, but offering little respite for the Bantams.
We think they can stay up though, retaining their League One status by the skin of their teeth and kicking on next season. Here’s three reasons why.
New manager bounce
Gary Bowyer did a terrific job at Blackpool, but left at the beginning of the season with a big reputation.
He’s been linked with almost every job that comes up, but Bradford clearly whet his appetite.
Getting that early win was a big boost, but if he can take that momentum forward into the next couple of games, they might surprise Doncaster, Luton and Charlton, all in the promotion hunt.
The 28-year-old is on loan from Derby County and bagged his first goal of the season against Posh.
He’s got lots of experience and has added a knowledge and steel to the middle of the park. With Jack Payne and Lewis O’Brien gravitating around him, the Bantams should have a sturdy and effective midfielder.
Their run in
Four of their last five matches are against sides within seven points of them and the other is against Coventry, on the edges of the play-off race.
That could be crucial, especially the clashes with Bristol Rovers and Wimbledon.
They’ve also got Oxford to play in a week or so, another vital six pointer. It’s in their hands.