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Match Preview: Bradford City

13 April 2022

It’s the first of two crucial fixtures over the Easter Period as Micky Mellon’s side face a trip to Bradford City in Sky Bet League Two.

It’s a huge fixture for Rovers who look to get back into those desired play-off spots and will be backed by a brilliant travelling contingent as the Super White Army attend in their superb numbers.

As for the Bantams, they too are winless in four games, sitting in around the top end of the bottom half since appointing former Premier League manager Mark Hughes back in February.

Team News:

Kieron Morris and Calum MacDonald remain suspended. Tom Davies and Josh McPake missed out against Bristol Rovers through illness and should be in contention for Friday.

One to Watch: Andy Cook

A name which is well known amongst the SWA, the former Rovers favourite is Bradford’s top scorer with 11 goals so far this campaign.

After coming through the ranks at Carlisle, he was loaned out several times including to rivals Barrow which later turned into a permanent move where he made 60 appearances. 

In 2016, he arrived at Prenton Park where he went on to make over 80 appearances in front of the SWA, in addition to a fairly impressive goal return throughout the two years.

Cook would later return to the Wirral on loan in 2020 before joining Bradford City on a permanent basis post a successful loan spell. 

With an impressive goal return this year, he will be hoping to have a strong end to the campaign under the new well-experienced manager and have a positive finale to the season.

Manager: Mark Hughes

An appointment that not too many expected, Mark Hughes arrived at Valley Parade at the back-end of February.

His playing career was one anyone would be proud of having made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, a loan spell with Bayern Munich, two years with Barcelona and one last hurrah when he helped Blackburn to promotion from Division one in 2001 and helping the Lancashire side lift the League Cup in 2002

The vastly experienced gaffer has been out of work since 2018 after leaving Southampton which ended a run of a number of jobs within the top two tiers of English football. He had spells with Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham before spending five years at Stoke City.

Since moving to Bradford, Hughes has only managed two wins from his first eight games as the Bantams boss, but will be hoping to end the season strongly as they look ahead to the 22/23 season.

Match Coverage:

Both UK and International supporters can watch live on iFollow! You can get your match pass by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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