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PREVIEW: Bradford City - Checkatrade Trophy

29 August 2017

Chesterfield get their Checkatrade Trophy campaign underway this evening, when Bradford City visit the Proact for a northern group F fixture, 7pm, here's our match preview........

Reminder

Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.

Tickets

Tickets are still available for Spireites supporters at the following prices

• Adults - £10
• Concessions & 17-20 £5
• U16s - £1

The Proact ticket office will be open until kick off (7pm).

Format

Tonight’s match is the first of three group stage fixtures for the Spireites in this competition, with matches against Rotherham United (Tuesday, October 3) and Manchester City U21s (Wednesday, November 29) to come.

If a match is won after 90 minutes, the winning team will pick up three points, should a fixture finish as a draw then both teams will pick up a point.

However, the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out, with the victorious team picking up an additional point.

Team News

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell has confirmed that there will be changes made to the side following Saturday’s defeat at Newport County, with the likes of Connor Dimaio and Reece Mitchell in contention to play after missing out at the weekend.

Bradford boss Stuart McCall will also make changes for the match, with the likes of summer signing, Paul Taylor, Alex Jones and Omari Patrick all expected to play some part in the game.
The opposition

The manager - Stuart McCall

McCall returned to Valley Parade last summer for his second spell as Bantams boss and guided City to the Sky Bet League One playoff final, where they were defeated 1-0 by Millwall.

The former Scotland international started his playing career with the Bantams before moving on to Everton and Rangers, he enjoyed a second spell with the Bantams in the late 1990s before finishing his career with Sheffield United.

An experienced manager, McCall has also managed Motherwell and Rangers.

One to watch

Omari Patrick - Forward

Capable of playing as either a winger or centre forward, Patrick joined the Bantams earlier this summer after impressing McCall during pre-season.

His time at Valley Parade got off to the best possible start, with Patrick scoring the winning goal in the club’s 2-1 opening day victory over Blackpool on August 5.

Described as possessing good feet and also being quick and powerful, Patrick has previously had spells with non-league sides Beaconsfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Barnsley.

Head to Head

Tonight’s clash at the Proact will be the 98th competitive game between the two sides and the first in this competition.

It’s the Bantams who hold the upper hand from the previous meetings, with the record standing at: -

• Chesterfield - 24 (wins)
• Draws - 28
• Bradford - 45 (wins)

From the dugout

Caldwell was visibly unhappy with his team’s second half performance at the weekend and has confirmed that changes will be made for tonight’s match.

And he’s challenged those coming into the starting XI to show what they can do.

He said: “I would think the players coming in have a chance to put a claim in for a place on Saturday [vs Coventry City].”

Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.

Across match day we'll have: -

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.
- Stats and reaction across the evening on the official site.

 

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Match Reports

Cup Defeat Against Bantams

29 August 2017

Chesterfield went down to a 4-2 defeat at home to Bradford City, in their opening game of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

The sides were level at the interval, with Omari Patrick cancelling out Kristian Dennis’ opener.

But two goals in six second half minutes put Bradford ahead - a lead which the Yorkshire side never relinquished.

The Spireites started brightly, enjoying spells of possession outside the Bradford penalty area, but the visitors had the first real chance, as Daniel Pybus rounded Joe Anyon before seeing his goalbound effort cleared off the line by Louis Reed.

Bradford then went close to scoring again, with a shot from outside the box by Romain Vincelot flying just over.

In the 12th minute, Connor Dimaio was stretchered off the field due to an injury, being replaced by Charlie Wakefield.

Wigan loanee Jordan Flores was then involved in two chances for the Spireites, first forcing a save out of keeper Rouven Sattelmaier with a powerful effort from outside the box.

Dennis then scuffed his effort wide, after a long ball down the left channel was passed on by Flores.

The Spireites took the lead through Dennis (24), who received Reed’s pass to the left of goal and drove a left-footed effort into the right corner of Sattelmaier’s goal.

Vincelot then had to deny Gozie Ugwu with a block, after the striker was played through.

Sattelmaier was then forced off by injury, being replaced by Colin Doyle.

Patrick went close for the Bantams, getting on the end of a drag-back before scuffing his effort across goal.

Bradford equalised in first-half stoppage time through Patrick following a corner, as he received the ball just outside the box before producing a fine finish.

Bradford made a half-time substitution with Nicky Law replacing Alex Gilliead.

Patrick claimed the first chance of the second half for Bradford after good possession from the Yorkshire side, being played behind the defence to the left of goal but firing straight at Joe Anyon.

Reed immediately went close at the other end, firing just wide from outside the box.

However, Bradford took the lead after a deflected Patrick shot looped over to Alex Jones (56), who headed home.

Daniel Devine went close to adding a third, before Jones (62) scored his second of the night to put Bradford in the driving seat, firing a low effort into the bottom left corner.

Flores went looking for an instant response, firing over from distance.

Six minutes past the hour-mark, the Spireites then made two changes, with Andy Kellett and Chris O’Grady replacing Dennis and Wakefield.

Laurence Maguire then flashed a low effort wide of the right hand post after a surging run from midfield.

Maguire went close again, with a looped a header on to the roof of the net following a free kick.

Jordan Sinnott (78) scored a fine solo effort, curling an effort in off the left-hand post.

But Hanson restored Bradford’s two-goal lead just a minute later with a low shot.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Wiseman, Evatt, Sinnott, Maguire, Dimaio (Wakefield 11, Kellett 65), Flores, Reed, McCourt, Ugwu, Dennis (O’Grady 65).

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