Bradford City manager Derek Adams says his side have had it tougher than any other side in League Two so far this season.
They definitely didn’t have it easy in their latest match as the Yorkshire club had to come from behind to win at Mansfield on Saturday.
“We’ve probably had the toughest start of any of the teams in the division,” Adams said, as quoted by Telegraph and Argus Live.
“We’ve been away to Exeter, went to Nottingham Forest in the cup, away to Mansfield and next we’re at Leyton Orient.
“We’ve also had Stevenage at home in midweek who were undefeated so we’ve had a very difficult start and we’ve coped well with that.”
However, despite their hectic opening to the campaign, the Bantams remain undefeated so far in the league and currently sit in second place with 10 points from 12.
Since drawing 0-0 at Exeter on the opening day, Saturday’s hard earned victory over Mansfield made it three wins in a row for City.
It’s injuries, though, which have also proved a challenge for Adams, as well as their opening fixtures.
Bradford are expecting bad news over Lee Angol’s hamstring injury which he sustained in the club’s 4-1 win over Stevenage.
There are fears it could be as serious as the one that kept him out for the second half of last season and Adams is considering finding a potential replacement in the remaining eight days of the transfer window.
City’s player budget isn’t exactly large but boss Adams is hopeful of squeezing out what is still available for two possible recruits, including an attacking midfielder he has been looking for.
The Bantams will now not play again until Saturday. This will come in handy on the transfer front but will also allow the team a full 7-days of rest for the first time this season, something Adams has welcomed.
“It’s come at a good time,” Adams said. “We’ve had a difficult start and this week will be getting us physically prepared for the Leyton Orient game.”
There is no doubt that Bradford are playing at a much lower level than they should be and Adams will be keen to get his club up and out of the fourth tier.
The Bantams sank to their lowest league position since 1966 last season and although they looked certain to be relegated, they achieved safety late on.
This time round, though, Bradford have had almost the perfect start and despite their relatively challenging fixtures, they have made light work of their opponents so far.
Adams successfully guided Morecambe out of this league last season and if City’s start is anything to go by, then the Scottish gaffer could certainly be on for back-to-back promotions.