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Bradford City Preview

31 March 2015

Sitting level on points and with matching goal differences, Chesterfield and Bradford City square up at Valley Parade on Tuesday night for a crucial game in the play-off race.

The match was re-arranged from earlier in the month due to the Bantams' extended FA Cup run and acts as the Spireites game in hand over the rest of the play-off pack, though City will still have a another extra match to contend with after this one.

Team News

Manager Paul Cook reported no fresh injury concerns after the narrow win over Walsall on Saturday, but did intimate post match that he might look to freshen his team up for the trip into West Yorkshire.

Part of that freshness could come from striker Armand Gnanduillet, back at the club after his loan spell at Oxford United and eligible to play at Valley Parade.

The Bantams will be without centre back Andrew Davies, who limped off after 17 minutes of Saturday's match with Oldham Athletic with a hamstring injury. However, City are unlikely to miss Davies' physical presence, with Gary MacKenzie ready to take his place in the side.

Tuesday's hosts will have latest signing Tony McMahon available after he signed on loan for the club from Blackpool last week. The 29-year-old can play in defence or midfield and after making a five-minute cameo against the Latics will be hoping to get further game time against the Spireites.

Form Guide

Sam Hird's late headed winner ensured a weekend three-point haul for Chesterfield, meaning that if the Spireites are able to win the only match in Sky Bet League 1 on Tuesday then they will go back into the play-off spots.

The same is also true for Bradford City, who also left it late to triumph over Oldham on Saturday, Billy Clarke - who also scored the only goal when the Bantams visited the Proact in December's league reverse - netting twice to secure a 2-0 scoreline.

The result lifted City out of a run of three consecutive league draws during a period where their unbelievable FA Cup run also came to an end at the hands of Reading, but even then only after a replay.

From the Dugout

Speaking to Spireites Player ahead of the match, Cook looked at the Bantams' style of play, knowing that the match promised to be a real challenge regardless of Bradford's chosen approach.

"I've said for ages about styles of play," he said. "Any team can play how they want and Bradford have many gifted players in their team. You don't go to Chelsea if you're just a physical team and get the result that they got.

"You look at Bradford's goals on the day and they were quite exceptional some of them, so you disrespect Bradford at your peril because they'll leave you looking very foolish.

"They've got good players and if they want to go physically long they can, they've got that in their make-up. It's a really tough game whatever way Bradford decide to play, what we must do as a visiting team is try and match them in every department."

With the majority of the season now able to be looked back on Cook feels that striking while the iron is hot is a must for the Spireites to be successful at Valley Parade.

He said: "The most important thing for our players - and we're aware of what Bradford can do - is that we implement ourselves in the game. We've got to go there and score goals.

"We haven't done that at Peterborough, even though we were in the ascendancy, and we haven't scored. If you look at the good away wins at Gillingham and places like that we scored when we were in the ascendancy.

"We'll get periods of the game tomorrow where we'll be on our back foot, we know that, but we'll also have periods where we're on our front foot and we've got to make sure that when we're on our front foot we hurt Bradford."

Fans unable to get to Valley Parade can follow minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter, listen to live full-match commentary on Spireites Player on see score updates on Facebook.

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