It shouldn't be frozen this time

Last updated : 19 February 2002 By Tony Scholes

There is no question of the under soil heating being switched off this time, no question of this almost laughable freezing of condensation. The temperatures are above freezing and the only possible reason for a postponement this time could be a major downpoar of rain and gales at the same time preventing the covers from going on.

Bates has taken charge of six games since the turn of the year and after a quiet start with just one yellow card in each of the first two he has now recorded a total of 13 in the five games along with one red card. The red card went to Bournemouth's Richard Hughes in the last minute of their 1-1 draw at QPR.

The Bradford players are almost twice as likely to see yellow than our players tonight. He has issued 65 yellow cards this season in total, just 23 to home team players and 42 to away players. This pales into insignificance compared to the record of Roy Pearson who took charge of our match at Valley Parade but is still a worrying statistic that nobody seems to be inclined to do anything about.

Click HERE for more on Bates and when he was last at Turf Moor.