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Bradford City Preview

7 May 2016

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Safe from relegation harm, the Spireites go into the final game of the Sky Bet League 1 season with the pressure off and the chance to notch a tenth away win of the season.

Standing in the way of that milestone are a strong Bradford City side who have already confirmed their elongated end to the year with a spot in the play-offs.


Advance sales for the away end have reached nearly 600, with supportes able to roll up and buy tickets on matchday at Valley Parade - with supporters reminded that the game is a 12:30pm kick-off.

Prices and further details of away tickets can be found here.

Supporters using the True Blue Travel coaches are asked to note that the service will depart from outside the CFC Village/Simply Gym due to the weekly Proact Stadium car boot sale.

Team News

Danny Wilson said in his pre-match press conference that the Spireites have just a couple of injury doubts, but they may well be key ones for his side if they are unable to be ready for the trip to West Yorkshire.

Striker Lee Novak didn't train until Friday this week due to the knee injury that almost kept him out of the Bury match, while 'keeper Tommy Lee could be missing for the first time this season as he struggles with a shoulder complaint.

Charlie Raglan is back in contention after serving his one-match ban for his recent red card at Swindon.

For Bradford striker Steven Davies misses through suspension while there is more positive new for returning pair Reece Burke and Lee Evans, who played 90 and 89 minutes respectively on the injury comebacks last time out.

Form Guide

The Spireites care little of their recent form but for the fact that they are now safe and can relax just a little with one final match to play this campaign.

That said, Wilson made it clear pre-match that his side will be travelling to West Yorkshire looking to win and collect that tenth away success of a decent season on the road.

The Bantams are safely secured with their spot in the Sky Bet League 1 play-offs, but do still have the opportunity to leapfrog Millwall and gain a second-leg home advantage in the post-season with a win over the Spireites.

From the Dugout

After the good performance and critical win over Bury last Saturday at the Proact, Wilson revealed that the stadium has been a much more relaxed place to work in this week.

"It was a big relief," he said. "It was very important for the club to retain its status in League One, not just for the obvious reasons, but also there are some big clubs in the division next season with the like of Charlton, Bolton and MK Dons coming back in.

"From our perspective it's important that we are still competing in there and thankfully we will be. It was a very solid and strong performance that enabled us to secure that place."

Far from heading up to Bradford to enjoy the sunshine, the manager reiterated the importance for his side to end the year on a high before heading into the summer break.

"We'll be taking quite a few fans there and that in itself is all the more reason to put in a strong performance.

"At this time of the season I don't like anybody to be able to accuse anyone of having their flip-flops on and being ready for their holidays - there's still too much to play for, including a lot of pride.

"More importantly, we have a duty to the teams around Bradford City to give our best performance that we possibly can, just as we would if we were down at the bottom of the league."

Follow every kick of the action as the Spireites round-off their Sky Bet League 1 campaign, with live commentary on PlayerHD, minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and updates on Instagram and Facebook.

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