50-point mark is target for Bantams

by Phil Hay Colin Todd will look for another step towards the protective 50-point mark when his Bradford City side line up at Swansea tonight.

Bradford are in the thick of a fierce battle to avoid relegation from League One, but Todd believes a half century of points will secure their status beyond the end of this season.

City's tally stands at 40 after a 1-1 draw with Swindon on Saturday and their prospects are encouraging with 12 teams stranded below Todd's in a heavily-congested division.

But the margin separating Bradford from the bottom four has fallen to five points after a run of just two wins from 12 league games and the Bantams will attempt to strengthen their safety net in Wales this evening.

Todd said: "There's a little bit of tension around, but relegation is something we don't talk about.

"If you look at the league there's no mid-table and I think a lot of clubs will want to get to the 50-point mark. Every manager starts the season with that in mind and it's our number one target.

"Swansea are a good side and it won't be easy for us down there, but points are crucial now and we'll give a good account of ourselves."

Kenny Jackett's team have enjoyed a more productive season than Todd's and nine home victories have helped the Welsh club to within five points of the top of the table.

City will make their first trip to the Liberty Stadium tonight with a doubt over Lewis Emanuel, who damaged his eye against Swindon, while Owen Morrison, Ben Muirhead and Richard Edghill remain on the long-term absentee list.

Steven Schumacher looks likely to retain his place in the centre of midfield, but he will serve a one-match ban against Bristol City this weekend after collecting his fifth booking of the season on Saturday.

Huddersfield captain Jon Worthington insists Town must start devouring League One's struggling sides if they are to secure automatic promotion to the Championship this season.

Results

The Terriers raised their game to end Colchester's ten-match winning run on Saturday and Peter Jackson's side now face back-to-back clashes with relegation-haunted Blackpool and MK Dons.

Huddersfield go to Bloomfield Road tonight and Worthington said: "Not getting results against the struggling sides has been our Achilles heel this season and we need to put it right.

"We need to start taking maximum points from these games if we are to get automatic promotion."

Town moved up to fifth on Saturday to strengthen their hold on a play-off spot, but Worthington said: "Our aim is automatic promotion.

"To do that we probably need another ten wins and we need victories against the likes of Blackpool and MK Dons."

Huddersfield were without the suspended Andy Holdsworth on Saturday while Mark Hudson (ankle) and Danny Adams (illness) also sat on the sidelines.

Holdsworth is available again tonight and will replace David Mirfin, while Adams should also recover in time to return at left-back.

Hudson will be missing again but may be ready to face MK Dons on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jackson has denied any rift with winger Danny Schofield who is out of contract in the summer and who has yet to agree a new deal.

"There is no problem," said Jackson. "We hope to reach an agreement soon."

Huddersfield Town (from): Senior, Holdsworth, McIntosh, N Clarke, Adams, Brandon, Worthington, Collins, Taylor-Fletcher, Graham, Booth, Abbott, Smith, Mirfin, Schofield, Ahmed, McAliskey, T Clarke, Rachubka.