Bradford City manager Derek Adams is relishing life in the Bantams hotseat. The 46 year old has given his side their best league start to a season since 2016/2017 and is looking to continue that against Leyton Orient on Saturday. Speaking to bradfordcity.co.uk “we’re looking forward to it, it’s a good venue to go to, we always enjoy going there. We’re taking big support and we’re coming off a really positive result against Mansfield”.
Only Forest Green (13) have scored more league goals than Bradford (9)
The Bantams made it three wins from their first four league games with a 3-2 victory away at Mansfield last weekend. Paulie O’Connor headed them ahead before an Ollie Hawkins brace saw them fall behind. However second half strikes from Charles Vernam and Andy Cook sealed victory.
Bradford trailed for the first time in the league against Mansfield and O’Connor was pleased with his sides resilence to battle back. Speaking to bradfordcity.co.uk “I thought we showed decent character to stay in the game and get the result. The most important thing was don’t panic. We dusted ourselves down and went again”.
After five games in two weeks, it was a welcome week on the training ground for Adams. The 46 year old swapped Morecambe for the Bantams in the summer is keen to build on their start to the season. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.com “it’s important, we’ve had a very busy start to the season, having a free week only benefits us. I am very pleased with how we’ve started the season. It is important to remember we are still in the early stages and there is a long way to go”.
Five different scorers for Bradford in the League (two defenders)
O’Connor was delighted to notch his first of the season at Mansfield and to seal victory in front of a sold out away end. The 24 year old won the player of the season last year and highlights the threat that Orient could pose them on Saturday. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.com “if today is anything to go by the fans will travel in their numbers again. Orient have recruited well this year, they will be there or there about. We are looking forward to it, a packed atmosphere and hopefully another three points”.
The Bantams head to Orient looking for four consecutive league wins for the first time since February. Adams will face Kenny Jackett for the first time since 2019 and the former Plymouth manager highlights the difficulty his side may have at Brisbane Road. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.com “this will certainly be a tough game, Leyton Orient are a good team with plenty of dangerous players and a good manager who likes to play in a certain way. No matter how we perform, the most important thing is that we get another victory”.
Lee Angol and Abo Eisa are both still out injured. Oscar Threkeld and Levi Sutton won’t be available but should return to training on Monday. Midfielder Yann Songo’o could continue after making his first start for the Bantams at Mansfield.
Head to Head – Bradford 15, Draw 12, Leyton Orient 17
Bradford have won four of the last six games – W4 D1 L1
Bradford have only lost one of the last seven – W4 D2 L1