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Match Preview | Bradford City (H)

2 October 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Bradford City (H)

2 October 2023

Tranmere Rovers look to get back to winning ways, when Bradford City travel to Prenton Park on Tuesday 3rd October (7.45pm kick-off).

Nigel Adkins’ side were beaten 4-1 at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, despite taking the lead through Connor Jennings in the 5th minute. 

The visitors also come into the match off the back of a defeat, losing 3-1 to Walsall at the University of Bradford Stadium at the weekend. 

The Bantams are 14th in League Two and have won once in their last five league games.  

  

Team news: 

Chris Merrie remains unavailable after an ankle injury suffered in the Cheshire Senior Cup win over Stockport County. 

Lee O'Connor was back in league action on Saturday, playing the last 15 minutes at Wimbledon. He could be in line for a place in the squad against Bradford. 

Paul Lewis and Reece McAlear are back on the grass in training; however, Tuesday night could prove too soon for a return. 

   

Last time out: 

 

Last five meetings:  

14th February 2023 - Bradford City 2-0 Tranmere Rovers – League Two  

SCORERS - None 

13th September 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Bradford City – League Two  

SCORERS - Hemmings 

15th April 2022 - Bradford City 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two 

SCORERS – McManaman 

23rd November 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Bradford City - League Two  

SCORERS - Morris, Glatzel 

20th April 2021 – Bradford City 0-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS – O’Connor (OG) 

   

One to watch: Andy Cook 

A man that plenty of Rovers fans will be looking out for, Andy Cook poses an attacking threat well known to the SWA. 

After a two-year spell with Barrow where he scored 47 goals in 87 league appearances, the forward joined Tranmere in 2016 and found the net 51 times in all competitions, winning promotion back to the EFL via the National League Play-Offs in 2018. 

Spells at Walsall and Mansfield Town followed before Cook joined Bradford in 2021. The 32-year-old bagged 28 league goals last season to secure the League Two Golden Boot. His goalscoring exploits have continued in recent weeks, including a hat-trick at Newport County. 

 

Manager: Mark Hughes 

Bantams manager Mark Hughes enjoyed a hugely decorated career as a player.  

The Welshman won the Premier League twice, four FA Cups, three League Cups and plenty of European accolades. He played for some of the world's most successful clubs, including Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. 

He first experience in coaching came as a player-manager, while playing for Southampton, in charge of Wales between 1999 and 2004. 

His journey into club management began at Blackburn Rovers, before going on to lead the likes of Manchester City, Fulham, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers. He is best known for his five-year spell at Stoke City, where his side finished ninth in the Premier League in three consecutive seasons. 

 

Officials:  

Referee - Scott Oldham 

Assistant Referees - Conor Brown & Alex Gray 

Fourth Official - Paul Stonier 

 

Oldham last refereed Rovers in our 3-0 League Two win over Gillingham in August 2022.  

   

Tickets:   

We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.     

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from The Club Store with a £2 price increase after 5pm.     

Fans can buy tickets online by clicking here. 

 

Match coverage:  

Fans in the UK and abroad can stream the game on iFollow for £10. Purchase your Video 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. 

    

X: @tranmererovers      

Facebook: @trfcofficial      

Instagram: @tranmererovers      

   

Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 


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