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Bradford City Preview

29 September 2016

The Spireites look to shrug aside their late disappoint from Tuesday night aside as they face their next challenge, a tough one against Bradford City.

The Bantams have started the season unbeaten, and Saturday's Proact hosts will be looking to turn another strong performance into a win as they did to end Northampton's long unbeaten run in mid-September. 

Team News

After the game on Tuesday, manager Danny Wilson revealed that striker Ched Evans faces another three to four weeks on the sidelines with his heel injury after receiving further news from a specialist. Right-back Paul McGinn is out with his hamstring injury for four to six weeks.

Dion Donohue, back on the bench against the Gills, remains a doubt for Saturday with his knee injury, with inexperienced full-backs Liam Graham and Laurence Maguire ready to continue with the backing of their manager if necessary.

Bantams boss Stuart McCall has some absentees to deal with ahead of the trip from West Yorkshire, Tony McMahon is out for a one with a thigh complaint, while on-loan Marc McNulty is out with a severe dead leg picked up during the midweek win.

Finally, striker James Hanson could return having missed the last two City games, but still remains a doubt.

Form Guide

The Spireites have slipped into an unwelcome habit of conceding late goals. It was the 88th minute that dropped a point at Bury last weekend and later still in the 95th on Tuesday as the Spireites let two more points slip at home to Gillingham.

The Bantams are the last remaining unbeaten side in the division and are also the League One draw masters, with six of their ten games so far ending in stalemates.

The West Yorkshire outfit ended their recent streak of four straight draws on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town, Filipe Morais and Billy Clarke helping City to the points.

From the Dugout

Ahead of the game manager Danny Wilson spoke about the size of the Bradford City task in front of his side.

He said: "You'd think there'd be in the top six with the squad they've got, they do get big crowds, they have a fantastic following so they can invest more than some of the clubs in the league.

"They've had a great start, unbeaten so far, in a similar vein to Northampton, though their run's not as long as theirs. That's something that we have to respect and understand why they've gone so long unbeaten.

"They're a very resilient side and they've got quality in their side to win games as well."

With Bradford City winning at the Proact in each of the last two seasons using an effective direct style, Wilson says it's an approach that earns points and should be respected.

"Most teams will earn credit by winning games," he said. "You don't have to play in a certain style to win. It's about finding the best system to win and for other people to criticise it is a bit harsh really.

"It's up to us to find a way to beat them. It's not easy to win games in our league, as we know, it's a big challenge for us again but if we can approach it as we did against Northampton then we'll end up with a good performance and a good chance to win the game."

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