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Chris Powell's Bradford preview

18 January 2019

Chris Powell looks ahead to the weekend's game away to Bradford City as Blues look to return to winning ways at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The team news for the game…

"Taylor Moore has been training so hopefully he has no reaction and he can be up for selection but Harry Bunn will be missing. I don’t know if he’ll be ready for Luton but it may be a game early so it might be Bristol Rovers that we look at for him.

"It’s very slow with Mark [Oxley] and he’s nowhere near being ready to come out and train. Back injuries can be ones that take a hell of a long time. Sometimes surgery is needed and that can be pretty major. It’s very slow and I can't give a date as to when he will be back."

On facing an improved Bradford side…

"They’ve got some results since David [Hopkin] has come in and quietly gone about his business. It was very tough at the start but of course that happens through the changes, but ultimately you have to do your best on the field and they have got some results and performances of late.

"We have to contend with them and be ready for them. Like all games at this level you have to be ready to compete and stake a claim to try and win the game.

"They’re very direct and they will put it on us. We’ve been working on that. I got my anger from the Plymouth game out the way on Monday because I didn’t want it lingering. We started our work on Tuesday and we know what we’re coming up against. We’re facing a player everyone knows well in Jack Payne and we’ll have to do our best to deal with what they will throw at us to win the game. 

"We did well there last year and it’ll be good for us to emulate that result from Valley Parade last year."

On Sam Hart…

"Sam has been ongoing and it’s finally been confirmed. I was hopeful of getting it done last week before the Plymouth game but for various reasons it didn’t get over the line. He’s had a week to settle down and train and it bolsters us.

"It gives us new energy and I think the group needs it. We’ve hung in there but sometimes when you get people in who haven’t been affected by the ups and downs with us it’s a positive."

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