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PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY (A)

1 April 2016

The Iron travel to Bradford on Saturday and will hope to build on their emphatic victory against Swindon last time out.

Graham Alexander won his first home match on his return to Glanford Park 6-0, with five different scorers for the play-off chasing Iron.

They have a great opportunity to close the gap to the League One top six as they take on Bradford, who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

The Bantams have been in great form of late and ground out a resolute 1-0 win against a battling Crewe side on Monday.

Phil Parkinson will know a win will help to cement his side in the play-offs, but a win for the Iron could narrow the gap to just five points.



Graham Alexander has confirmed that both Jim O’Brien and Stephen Dawson will be assessed ahead of the trip, after they missed Monday’s win.

The Iron are waiting to find out the extent of O’Brien’s injury after he went for a scan, while Dawson had fluid on his knee so was rested.

Scott Wiseman is a long-term absentee.




Jamie Proctor has proved to be a valuable addition to the Bradford frontline this season, joining permanently in February after an initial loan move.

The striker is someone Iron boss Graham Alexander knows particularly well, having signed the 24-year-old for Fleetwood in 2014.

He started his career at Preston North End, where he eventually caught the eye of Premier League side Swansea, who signed him in 2012.

The move proved to be a frustrating one, with Proctor not featuring for the Swans and left the club after just a year and a half in South Wales.

Proctor joined Crawley, enjoying a successful season, before moving to Fleetwood following the expiry of his contract.

The forward left for Bradford earlier in the season and has notched four League One goals since joining the Bantams.



The Iron snatched a late point on their visit to the Coral Windows Stadium last season, scoring in injury time.

Bradford took the lead midway through the first half as defender Rory McArdle put the hosts ahead when he combined with Jon Stead.

United thought they had equalised later in the second half, with Miguel Llera’s effort ruled out, but the Iron kept pushing and found a response.

Hakeeb Adelakun fired past Jordan Pickford in injury time to earn the Iron a point and extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.



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