League two: Peter Taylor is hoping Bradford City’s 11-day gap between fixtures can work in his side’s favour today.
The Bantams were without a game last weekend after their trip to Macclesfield Town fell victim to the weather due to the Moss Rose pitch being waterlogged.
With City not playing, the worry was their position near the foot of League Two would become even more precarious.
Instead, the results largely went for Bradford – particularly in midweek when fellow strugglers Macclesfield and Hereford United drew 2-2 – to leave Taylor’s men knowing that victory over Wycombe Wanderers today could hugely boost their hopes of moving up the table.
For Taylor, the blank weekend was also a positive as it has given several of his more experienced players more time to build up their fitness following long-term injury problems.
He said: “It was frustrating in one sense not to play after having prepared for Macclesfield. But, in another way, I wasn’t crying over it.
“Simon Ramsden, Michael Flynn and Lewis Hunt have all had additional time to build up their fitness, as has our new signing Scott Dobie.
“Having those lads back is a major boost, though I have a big decision to make in terms of whether playing them all would be a massive gamble.
“Another week means they will be that bit sharper and that can only be good news. We are in a serious position, everyone can see that. We have to start pulling away from trouble.”
Bradford have taken just one point from a possible 18 since beating Bury on January 3 and are badly in need of a lift.
New signing Kevin Ellison, who arrived on loan from Rotherham United on Thursday, seems likely to start as City go in search of a win that would help ease some of the pressure at Valley Parade.
Today also sees Taylor face one of his former clubs, the 58-year-old having led Wycombe to promotion from League Two in 2009.
He said: “To be honest, Wycombe being one of my old clubs is not even in my thinking. We won’t get any more points for beating them than we would anyone else.
“The important thing is to get the three points. Whoever the opposition are does not matter at all.”