Bradford City v Luton Town

By Sam Bartfield
Last updated : 03 October 2008
City take on Luton Town tomorrow afternoon in a bid to end their mini slump that has forced fans to reconsider the idea that this season will be a walkover.

Having lost to Shrewsbury last week City will be hoping for a swift return to winning ways and will no dubt be bolstered by Peter Thorne's return to first team action. Dean Furman looks set for a start in midfield alongside Mclaren. Furman has impressed so far this season and if he continues to do so surely City will fancy their chances tomorrow particularly with the firepower of Thorne and Boulding back together.

Its not surprising that City failed to find the net with the lone striker Barry Conlon given a frustrating solitary role against Shrewsbury. Its expected we will see a far more potent Bantams formation tomorrow.

The chief concern in recent weeks has been the form at the back. Clarke and Lee are still acquainting themselves with each other and McCall may have to do some shuffling with Simon Ainge, a youngster who still has yet to prove himself, a possibility to fill in at right back. You get the feeling that City will concede but hopefully it will just be a case of outscoring the Hatters, as obvious as that sounds.

Luton Town have had a mixed bag of results demonstrated by a defeat at the hands of a limited Macclesfield side and a creditable 3 - 1 win at home against impressive newcomers Aldershot.  Its fair to add that they are a better side than their results suggest. Their performances so far this season have merited more of a return than they have achieved (not including their punitive points deductions) by all accounts. In Sam Parkin and Kevin Nicholls they have two quality players at this level.

City also welcome back former Bantams graduate Lewis Emanuel who was always one of those who split opinion. It would be hard to argue though that he is capable of playing at a higher level than this and therefore another indication of Luton Town's strengh.

I can see goals being scored tomorrow. I also think we are due a draw and that Luton will be worthy opponents to share the points with. A draw may well leave some fans disgruntled but we need to exercise a little patience. We arent head and shoulders above this level and a point against Luton, depending on the performance will be nothing to beat ourselves up about.

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