Hanson aims to bully City defence on captain's orders
BRADFORD City striker James Hanson will be looking to torment Exeter City's defence when they visit on Saturday after being ordered by his captain to continue his bullying tactics.
It has been Nahki Wells who has been grabbing the headline for the Bantams in recent weeks as he took his tally to 10 goals for the season with both strikes in Saturday's win over Aldershot.
However, Bradford captain Gary Jones says it is the hard work of Hanson that has been a major factor in their recent up turn in form.
Speaking after the victory against Aldershot, last weekend, Jones said: "James Hanson is awesome when he's like that. He's virtually unplayable. He didn't just bully their centre halves; he bullied the whole back four. I thought he was fantastic.
"Nahki benefits from him with the goals and we benefit off his overall play.
"I thought Hanson and Nahki gave them a terrible time and we were just there to fill in the gaps."
City's victory meant they rounded off a hectic spell on the road with only one loss from five away games.
It left Jones targeting a good return from their upcoming home matches against City and their Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle.
Jones added: "We were comfortable right through the game (against Aldershot). You can't play fast, flowing football every week.
"Sometimes it's a case of horses for courses and getting the job done.
"Overall it's going well and we're up to fourth with two home games coming up. If we can get a good return from them, we're really flying high."
Bradford City beat Northampton in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night, winning 4-2 on penalties.
Hanson played in that match, while Wells came off the bench to score a 90th minute equaliser. Both are expected to start against Exeter City. Bradford currently sit four points ahead of the Grecians in the table.
Predicted Bradford City line-up:Duke, Darby, Meredith, Egan, McArdle, Atkinson, Forsyth, Jones, Doyle, Hanson, Wells.