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Preview: Bradford City (H)

8 January 2021

The Iron will be looking to get back to winning ways and register their first points of 2021 on Saturday when they play host to Bradford City (3pm kick-off).

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9 January 2021

SCENE-SETTER...

United finished 2020 with their first win in three matches thanks to goals from Myles Hippolyte and Alex Gilliead at Walsall, but they fell to defeat last Saturday, losing 3-1 away at Stevenage.

In that game, Devarn Green scored his first for the club to put the side 1-0, but the hosts hit back soon after.

We sit 20th and could potentially climb up to 15th with victory, while the away side are 18th - a point further on - and can go as high as 14th. A win for the Iron would see them leapfrog the Bantams.

THE OPPOSITION...

Bradford City have been on an upward surge up the league following the dismissal of Stuart McCall and Kenny Black last month.

The pair, who have also been in charge of the Iron, were given a new contract just a couple of weeks before their departure from Valley Parade, with the Bantams picking up form under the interim managers of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars.

That has also coincided with the return from injury of former United forward Lee Novak who has netted three goals in the five games the duo have taken charge of. Levi Sutton, also formerly of Scunthorpe, has also found the net and picked up man of the match awards in recent weeks.

The Bantams have picked up three wins and two draws in the five games since sacking McCall and Black, with victories against Cambridge United, Grimsby Town and Tranmere Rovers. The draws have come against Crawley Town and Port Vale.

TEAM NEWS...

New arrivals Jem Karacan and George Taft come into the squad after signing this week on a free transfer and on loan from Bolton Wanderers respectively.

Ryan Loft was rated at '50/50' ahead of last weekend's match, but was able to play against Stevenage despite a hip injury.

Myles Hippolyte, who netted his first goal for the club against Walsall, missed out last weekend through an ankle injury sustained against the Saddlers and, though he returned to training on Friday, the game may come too soon.

Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) will be missing for around 10 weeks after his scan results revealed a tear, while Jordan Hallam (thigh) will be out for a couple of weeks.

Emmanuel Onariase returned to training ahead of schedule this week after an ankle problem and will be looked at before the game.

Harrison McGahey (hamstring) is still missing, but is ahead of schedule and could play for the Under-23s next week, while Junior Brown (thigh) returned to the bench last weekend at Stevenage and played a pre-planned 45 minutes for the Under-23s at Grimsby this week.

Kevin van Veen is underdoing his rehabilitation at the club following an injection on his hamstring injury which required rest over the festive period. His injury will keep him out for a total of around 10 weeks, while Fin Shrimpton (ankle) is on the sidelines.

Andy Dales faces two-to-three weeks out with an ankle injury sustained for the Under-23s in midweek.

Olufela Olomola faces around two months on the sidelines following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November.

PAST MEETINGS

The two sides managed to meet twice last season, with both games resulting in draws. Jamie Ward scored a penalty in the last meeting at the Sands Venue Stadium, with the Iron playing over 75 minutes with ten men following the early dismissal of Matthew Lund.

At Valley Parade, the last time the two sides met, United conceded twice in two minutes inside the opening 20 minutes to go 2-0 down, but goals from Alex Gilliead and John McAtee rescued a point.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2019-20 - Sat 18 Jan LG 2 Bradford 2-2 Iron Gilliead, McAtee
2019-20 - Sat 28 Sep LG 2 Iron 1-1 Bradford Ward
2018-19 - Sat 27 Apr LG 1 Iron 2-3 Bradford Wootton, Novak
2018-19 - Sat 22 Dec LG 1 Bradford 2-0 Iron  
2017-18 - Sat 5 May LG 1 Iron 1-1 Bradford Townsend
2017-18 - Tue 21 Nov LG 1 Bradford 1-2 Iron Burgess, Adelakun
2016-17 - Sat 26 Mar LG 1 Iron 3-2 Bradford Toney 2, Crooks
2016-17 - Mon 26 Dec LG 1 Bradford 0-0 Iron  
2015-16 - Sat 2 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 1-0 Iron   
2015-16 - Sat 21 Nov  LG 1  Iron 0-2 Bradford   
2014-15 - Tue 21 Apr  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Bradford  McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Sat 20 Dec  LG 1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Adelakun 
2006-07 - Sat 31 Mar  LG 1  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Sharp, Beckford 
2006-07 - Sat 21 Oct  LG 1  Bradford 0-1 Iron  Sharp 
2006-07 - Tue 17 Oct  FLT R1  Bradford 1-2 Iron  Foy, Goodwin 
2005-06 - Sat 1 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 4-2 Iron  Beagrie, Hinds 
2005-06 - Sat 31 Dec  LG 1  Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1994-95 - Tue 22 Nov  FAC R1 R  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Carmichael, Alexander, Thompstone 
1994-95 - Sat 12 Nov  FAC R1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Hope 
1988-89 - Tue 22 Nov  LG CUP R3 R  Iron 0-1 Bradford   
1988-89 - Wed 2 Nov  LG CUP R3  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Daws 
1983-84 - Sat 17 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Cammack, Matthews 
1983-84 - Sat 8 Oct  DIV 3  Bradford 2-2 Iron  Leman, Lester 
1981-82 - Sun 14 Feb  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1981-82 - Sat 3 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 1-3 Bradford  Grimes 
1980-81 - Sat 31 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cammack 
1980-81 - Sat 23 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1979-80 - Sat 9 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 3-3 Bradford  Pilling, Partridge 2 
1979-80 - Sat 22 Sep  DIV 4  Bradford 2-0 Iron   
1978-79 - Sat 3 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Pilling 
1978-79 - Sat 21 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Couch, Kilmore 2 
1976-77 - Wed 4 May  DIV 4  Bradford 4-0 Iron   
1976-77 - Sat 8 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Wiggington, Keeley 
1975-76 - Sat 17 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Green, O'Connor 
1975-76 - Fri 26 Dec  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1974-75 - Sat 1 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Bradford  Charnley 
1974-75 - Sat 31 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1973-74 - Wed 3 Oct  DIV 4  Bradford 2-1 Iron  Podd (og) 
1973-74 - Tue 18 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Pilling, Fletcher 
1968-69 - Sat 29 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1968-69 - Fri 6 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Deere 
1957-58 - Thu 24 Apr  DIV 3 (N)  Bradford 2-3 Iron  Minton 2, Davis 
1957-58 - Sat 28 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-2 Bradford   
1956-57 - Sat 9 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 3-1 Iron  Waldock 
1956-57 - Sat 27 Oct  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-1 Bradford  Brown 
1955-56 - Tue 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N)  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Haigh, McGill 
1955-56 - Mon 26 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 4-3 Iron  Gregory 2, Brown 
1954-55 - Mon 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Brown 
1954-55 - Sat 25 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-4 Iron  Brown 2, Gregory, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 27 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Iron 2-1 Bradford  Haigh, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 7 Nov  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-3 Iron  Jones, Whitfield, Brownsword 
1952-53 - Sat 17 Jan  DIV 3 (N) Iron 4-0 Bradford  Haigh 2, Whitfield, Daley 
1952-53 - Sat 6 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Wed 26 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Sat 18 Aug  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cumner 
1950-51 - Wed 18 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1950-51 - Sat 14 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-0 Iron   

Our full record against Bradford City is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 28 15  7 42  28 
Away 29  6 11 12  30  48 
TOTAL 57  21  18  18  72 75 

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

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Southend United v Barrow (3pm)


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