Taylor is feeling the heat

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Peter Taylor is a man under pressure.

The former England manager was given a one-year contract at Bradford with a specific aim - promotion to League One.

But things have not gone to plan and Bradford - making their first visit to Chesterfield FC’s B2net Stadium on Saturday - are dangerously close to the relegation trap door which could see the West Yorkshire club slip into the non-league ranks.

It seems beyond the pale that ten years ago, Bradford were still in the Premier League.

The Bantams, despite their lowly placing, attract the biggest crowds in the division and there is understandable discontent in the stands at Valley Parade.

Taylor - who has been in the hot-seat at a host of other clubs including Leicester, Brighton and Hull - watched his players suffer four straight defeats before their visit to the Spireites, who lead League Two by six points.

Simon Parker, who covers Bradford for the Telegraph and Argus newspaper, acknowledged the mood was somewhat downbeat.

He said: ‘’They have been poor at times and Taylor has said that they are in a relegation battle, looking down rather than up.

“The team has had its fare share of injuries which have not helped but there is no getting away from the fact that Bradford simply haven’t scored enough goals.’’

Currently sitting six points ahead of bottom club Stockport County, Bradford have found the net just 14 times in 12 league games at home.

The figures of the Bantams on the road make even more depressing reading. They have played 14 matches on their travels and have scored a disappointing total of nine goals.

Midfielder Michael Flynn, who wears the No 4 shirt, could help make a difference.

The Welsh-born player has been sidelined with a hernia problem and made his comeback on Tuesday when he came off the substitutes’ bench in the 2-1 loss against Crewe to make his first league appearance of the season.

He has a reputation of galvanising his fellow players, making them play above themselves, and generally raising morale.

Bradford have made a recent signing, securing central midfielder Jon Worthington from Oldham until the end of the season. The Dewsbury-born player built his reputation at Huddersfield Town where he was the team captain.

But the man to watch out for could be Omar Daley who is seen, when he is on form, as a potential match-winner.

A nippy right-winger, Daley has 43 international caps for Jamaica and there are times when his crosses make a big difference. Gregor Robertson, if selected to play at right back by John Sheridan, will be wanting to keep him quiet.

The match has a scheduled 3pm kick off.