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PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY (H)

20 November 2015

The Iron will be looking to bounce back with a victory when they take on Bradford at Glanford Park on Saturday.

Mark Robins’ side are 12th in League One after falling to a 2-1 defeat at Swindon in their last outing.

They have been in great form recently though, having won six out of their last eight matches, including success in the FA Cup.

Visitors Bradford are in a similar vein of form and find themselves unbeaten in their last seven league matches.

That run has guided them to seventh spot, where they are just outside the play-offs on goal difference, four points ahead of the Iron. 



United will be hoping goalkeeper Luke Daniels is fit enough to return against Bradford after sitting out the trip to Swindon.

Manager Mark Robins also hopes to have Neal Bishop back, with the midfielder missing due to illness.

Scott Laird will definitely return to contention after he served his one game ban against Swindon.

Niall Canavan returned to the side at Swindon following a long period out and will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up. 




Devante Cole has big shoes to fill as he looks to follow in his father’s footsteps, but the youngster has made a great start to his Bradford career.

The striker has found the net five times already since his summer move to the Bantams, forging a strong partnership with James Hanson.

Cole started out at Manchester City and played a starring role for their youth teams, but found first team opportunities hard to come by.

The 20-year-old did enjoy loan spells out at Barnsley and Milton Keynes Dons last season, enjoying productive spells at both clubs.

He found the net 10 times in a combined total of 37 games, which led to Bradford signing the young striker in the summer following his release from Manchester City.

Cole has also represented England between the age groups of under 16’s to under 19’s, highlighting why he is considered a prospect for the future.



The Iron were held to a 1-1 draw the last time the Bantams came to Glanford Park, pretty much securing League One safety in the process.

Gary McSheffrey gave the Iron the lead in the first half, capitalising on an excellent cross from young winger Hakeeb Adelakun.

Mark Robins’ side had a few chances to grab a second goal, but could not take them and were left to rue them as Bradford equalised.

Billy Clarke volleyed home midway through the second half to grab a point for the Bantams, who very nearly left with all three in injury time.

The result meant that the Iron were six points clear of the bottom four with just two games remaining, while Bradford were comfortably in mid-table. 



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