Andrew Davies column: I’m ready for any Fenny business at Bradford City

Andrew Davies and Adebayo Akinfenwa clash at Wembley last season

Andrew Davies and Adebayo Akinfenwa clash at Wembley last season

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Andrew Davies column

Adebayo Akinfenwa and I always keep bumping into each other – quite literally – and I’m looking forward to another tussle tomorrow.

He is a good guy but he’s also a handful. He is a big, strong boy and he’s bullied a lot of centre halves who haven’t been able to stand up to him physically.

Luckily I don’t mind all that. That’s what my game is about and I enjoy that battle.

Touch wood, I’ve got a good record against him from when we played Northampton in the past. But I still wouldn’t want to meet him down a dark alley!

I know Peter Taylor from when he was my coach with England under-18s and he is going to have the Gillingham lads raring to go for this trip back to his old stomping ground.

We’re going to have to stand up and be counted for another game that is going to be played at full tilt.

It’s important that, after going away and playing so well at Colchester, we finish the job and back it up with another three points at home.

Tuesday was a massive game for everyone and we needed to show the stomach for a fight. I thought every player did that and we were strong right across the team.

We outfought them and outplayed them at times and managed to choose that extra pass as well. I thought we were cleverer in our performance.

All the lads played their part but I was pleased for Matty Dolan, who came in for Gary Jones. That’s a big act to follow.

Matty has had a tough start to his Bradford career and hasn’t played as many times as he wants to. But I thought he took his chance and it will be interesting to see what the gaffer does for tomorrow.

It’s been a while since we’ve won away and it was fantastic to see all the smiles again on the bus home.

There’s nothing worse than coming back from a long journey when you haven’t won. But we put in so much hard work and got our reward.

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