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One month and counting: Bradford City's fine defensive form

27 November 2015

It's been over a month since Bradford City last conceded a goal, and their efficiency in defence has been key to their recent rise up the table.

A total of 668 minutes have passed since any side last breached their back line - when Michael Jacobs netted for Wigan Athletic in a 1-1 draw on 24th October - and they currently top the Sky Bet League 1 form book with 18 points from their last eight games.

The Bantams have played seven games in all competitions since then, and haven't shipped a single goal. That record continued in midweek, as they kept out The Football League's third-highest goalscorers and Sky Bet League 1 leaders Coventry City.

Prior to that, Millwall, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Aldershot - twice in the FA Cup - all tried and failed to get past the Bradford barricade.

The run has provided an ideal platform for a 10-game unbeaten streak, that now sees Phil Parkinson's men sitting sixth in Sky Bet League 1 - seven points off top spot. It followed a 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Barnsley in mid-October, and they've not suffered defeat since then - amassing six wins.

This weekend, the Valley Parade club face a trip to Walsall. The Saddlers are fourth in the standings heading into Matchday 20, but have only picked up one win in their last four League encounters.

Victory for Bradford on Saturday would take them above Walsall, and potentially into fourth should Wigan Athletic suffer defeat at Southend United.

You can follow Bradford's bid to make it eight games without conceding a goal this weekend, via our live Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague1.

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