The League Cup run of 2013 has changed Bradford City into a club which sees the benefits of taking The FA Cup and The League Cup serious and so in this Second Round of the FA Cup a full strength City team respected Dartford and in doing so beat them 4-1 to progress to the Third Round of the competition.
Bradford City 3 Leyton Orient 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Leyton Orient's new manager is building a team to play beautiful football but is football ever beautiful in defeat? And isn't there more beauty to be found in a team showing character to win football matches?
Neither Bradford City nor Gillingham committed to winning this game but, in a week in which City's board have committed to reaching the Championship by 2017, one has to wonder how that aim will be reached and what is being done to reach it?
By starkly confronting the weaknesses of his squad Phil Parkinson was able to get his City team to play to their strengths. That allowed him to nullify Preston North End for most of the game and gave Mark Yeates the opportunity to create the moment of the season so far.
Having become a team defined by the giant killing cup run of 2013 what problems will Phil Parkinson have in preparing his players to be the giants in the local FA Cup derby against Halifax Town?
Oldham Athletic 2 Bradford City 1 At Boundry Park in League One, 2013/2014
Having gone two goals down and had to haul off Christopher Routis Phil Parkinson had a lot to be proud of in the way his players responded to take control of the game but the defeat, and a red card for Rory McArdle, mean that Parkinson and City came back with nothing at all.
When we look at a footballer our first impressions are often as accurate as our considered judgements. The more we watch football the more we are able to refine these first impressions and so we can make assessments of players and how they will play in the long term. When we look at Christopher Routis what do those judgements tell us?