Championship claim emerges as EFL expert delivers Bradford City verdict

Bradford City were tipped off by Don Goodman to start climbing the League Two standings after a slow start to life under Derek Adams.

Adams was a truly impressive fixture at the Yorkshire club this summer. He had guided Morecambe to Ligue 1 last year, but chose to return to the division he mastered by teaming up with Bradford.

However, the Bantams sit 11th in the Ligue 2 standings, having taken five wins, five draws and four losses in the first 14 games of the season.

Goodman spoke to FreeSuperTips and shared his thoughts on the Bantams under Adams, saying they will have ambition to reach the championship.

He said: “It’s tough because they’re one of the big cheeses that have been in the Premier League with Swindon and Oldham.

“Everyone expects them to be at the top of this league and the fact that they persuaded Derek Adams to quit a League One project with Morecambe shows something.

“Derek did this because he sees the project and it’s not to be promoted to League One, it’s to go back and get into the league.

“They think they’re a league-sized club, but it has to start happening on the pitch.

“They started the season really well and then went into terrible form.

“They got the top three in their next three games and other teams are doing well and among them so it will be a series of tough games.

“I think we’ll have our answer if they can be promoted in three games, but the club’s ambition is to be promoted.

“They’re not a million miles away and they haven’t reached the levels Derek Adams would have liked yet, but I think he will do it and they will start to move up the rankings.”

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Adams’ side had an impressive 3-1 victory over Swindon Town last time around and will look to build on that next weekend when they face Forest Green Rovers.

Port Vale and Northampton Town were waiting after that and a few cup matches as Bradford faced the current top line in League Two.

The verdict

You do not compete at the level of Ligue 2 on your name alone. You have to mix that stature with consistent performance on the pitch, which Bradford has failed to do so far.

Adams is a good manager, however, and as he gets under the table at Bradford the results will come.

This race is now a test against the top three but, while daunting, it is an opportunity for Bradford to build the belief that they are in the top three themselves.

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