Fight like Bantams
SKY SPORTS commentator Bill Leslie believes Swindon Town can be inspired by Bradford City’s Capital One Cup adventure last year when Chelsea come calling next week.
Leslie, who will be on microphone duty for Tuesday’s tie at the County Ground, was in the commentary box at Valley Parade in December when League Two Bradford dumped Arsenal out of the League Cup - an extraordinary victory which was sandwiched by wins over Wigan and Aston Villa as the Bantams made it all the way to Wembley.
With that experience still fresh in his memory, Leslie reckons Swindon should be using Bradford’s fairytale story as motivation when Jose Mourinho brings his star-studded squad to Wiltshire.
“It’s going to be interesting - Chelsea always take the League Cup very seriously and I’d expect that to be the case again,” he said.
“What Bradford City managed last year has given everyone encouragement, it shows that those sort of stories can happen.
“A lot of players who wouldn’t before have thought it possible to be playing and beating those kinds of teams will now think differently.
“I was at the Bradford-Arsenal game last year and on paper that Arsenal side should have walked the game, but we all saw what happened.
“That’s why we come to these games, it’s great to see clubs who don’t usually get to face the really big sides in this sort of match.”
Leslie will be joined by co-commentator Don Goodman in the gantry on Tuesday, while former Swindon assistant manager Gus Poyet is expected to be among Sky’s studio guests at the County Ground.
While his work may only be on show to the general public during 90 minutes of commentary, Leslie spends many more hours preparing for any given game.
“With the game being on a Tuesday I’ll travel down from my home in Surrey on the day of the game with the aim of getting to the ground at around 3pm or 4pm,” he said.
“All the cameras and the truck will have been set up in advance of the day so I’ll get there and have something to eat before meeting with my co-commentator and our producer.
“We’ll talk about any interesting angles of the game, any relationships between the two sides and make sure we’ve got all the issues covered and then it’s a bit of a waiting game.
“I’ll do all the statistics the day before the game, and make sure I’m not missing anything. Generally 80 per cent of what I’ve got will end up not being used by it’s about ensuring you’re not missing anything.”
l Tickets for the Chelsea match sold out by 2pm yesterday, as fans snapped up the remaining 2,000 that went on general sale.
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