Bradford make the trip to South Wales with a meeting against Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon with the Yorkshire side experiencing yet another struggling start to the latest League Two campaign.
Despite usually turning up the heat towards the end of the season, Bradford typically start off with a topsy-turvy run. This time around, the club are sitting down in 17th and already eight points adrift of the top of the table after eight games.
A consistent run of form has been tough to come by for the Bantams, and this mainly comes down to the fact that they have scored just six goals in the league - only Harrogate Town have netted fewer, while last-placed Sutton United have even scored five more goals.
Bradford have managed to draw their past three games, starting with a 0-0 draw against Wrexham before drawing 1-1 with Grimsby Town where Alex Gillead scored late on to snatch a point with their only shot on target. Bradford scored even later a week on from that draw, as Jamie Walker netted at home in the 96th minute to take a point off Harrogate Town.
Oddly enough, despite dropping six points from the past nine, Bradford are still, technically, on a five-game unbeaten run after also beating Wrexham on penalties in the EFL Cup second round. Tyler Smith scored after three minutes from the spot that day, as Walker scored in the first game at the start of this run in a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at home.
As for Newport, they are once again slumped into mid-table and don't look like they will be able to put together a playoff run once again. Graham Coughlan's side are winless in the past few games after a 1-1 draw at home to Barrow that saw Shane McLoughlin score before a sending off just three minutes later for Ryan Delaney.
Newport suffered their biggest loss of the season before this in a 4-1 beating from Crewe, as they managed to draw 2-2 at home to Wimbledon before that. The Welsh outfit also took Premier League side Brentford all the way to penalties in their EFL Cup second round clash, only to lose to them 3-0 via the penalty shootout.
You have to go back to the end of August to see Newport's last win of the season where they beat Sutton 3-1 with thanks to goals from Will Evans, Henry Charsley and an own goal - all those goals were scored in the final 16 minutes of the game.
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