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PREVIEW | Exiles aiming for back-to-back wins against Bradford City

8 March 2021

Newport County AFC reclaimed a spot in the Sky Bet League Two play-off places after victory over Colchester, with attention now turning to Bradford City’s visit on Tuesday, hosted at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bantams have been on an incredible run in recent weeks, meaning they come into the game just four points behind their hosts.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this Sky Bet League Two matchup...

The opposition - Bradford City

Bradford City currently find themselves in 10th place in SkyBet League Two, sitting on 47 points after 31 games. Their recent form has seen them soar up the table, with the Bantams now in touching distance of the playoff places.

City began the season struggling to find results, winning just three of their first 17 games. This unfortunately spelled the end of Stuart McCall’s third stint as manager, who was replaced by Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars.

Since the change in management, Bradford’s form has sky-rocketed. The Bantams have only failed to win five of their 15 fixtures, tasting defeat just once to give them a real chance of promotion.

Team news

Newport County came through another match unscathed, with the squad remaining injury free and open to rotation.

Bradford City will be without top scorer Lee Novak, as well as Harry Pritchard, Zeli Ismail and Bryce Hosannah. However, there could be a return to the side for Gareth Evans.

One to watch – Andy Cook

Andy Cook signed for City in January from Mansfield Town, on a loan until the end of the season. The striker has played six times for the Bantams so far, finding the net three times.

Cook scored his first Bantams goals against Cheltenham, managing both in a 2-0 win. His other finish came as the winner against Walsall, showing that he can fill in for the injured Lee Novak.

The 30-year-old has previously had spells at Barrow, Grimsby and Tranmere, before moving to Mansfield.

Joint managers – Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars

Trueman and Sellars have been in charge at the dugout of the Utilita Energy Stadium since mid-December, when Stuart McCall left the club.

The change in fortune brought by the duo have seen them become permanent joint managers of Bradford City, confirmed by the club on February 22nd.

The pair have seen the Bantams take 34 points from a possible 45 on offer, leading the club from 22nd place to 10th.

Last meeting between the sides

The two teams met each other earlier in the season during October, where Newport ran out 3-0 winners at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

A first minute goal from Mickey Demetriou set the tone for County, who doubled their lead just before half-time through Padraig Amond.

The victory was rounded off deep in stoppage time when Matty Dolan converted a penalty, giving the result some added gloss.


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