Tuesday 3 March 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City vs Crawley Town
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
After promising changes for this game in his pre-match press briefings, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has gone ahead and made as many as seven alterations to his starting eleven for this Tuesday's match with Crawley Town.
Fit again after a recent hamstring problem, top scorer James Hanson comes back into the side to replace fellow striker Jon Stead, who moves down to the bench.
Parkinson has also brought Christopher Routis, Matthew Dolan and Francois Zoko into his team, while there are recalls for Gary MacKenzie, James Meredith and Mark Yeates as well.
For Zoko, tonight's game will be his first starting appearance for City since joining the club on loan from Blackpool back in November.
Zoko is expected to join Hanson in attack, with Yeates likely to begin the fixture just behind them in an attacking midfield role.
The rest of City's midfield positions are set to be filled by Routis, Andy Halliday and Dolan, who will most probably play in a deeper role.
Dolan's appearance in City's starting eleven means the young midfielder will begin his first league match of the season for the Bantams this evening.
After missing Saturday's match at Peterborough United with a sore knee, MacKenzie will partner Rory McArdle in central defence. Meredith replaces Alan Sheehan at left back.
|BRADFORD CITY||CRAWLEY TOWN|
|1. Jordan Pickford||30. Lewis Price|
|2. Stephen Darby (c)||6. Sonny Bradley|
|3. James Meredith||7. Gwion Edwards|
|4. Matthew Dolan||9. Izale McLeod (c)|
|9. James Hanson||14. Lewis Young|
|13. Francois Zoko||16. Lee Fowler|
|14. Mark Yeates||21. Gavin Tomlin|
|15. Gary MacKenzie||25. Darren Ward|
|18. Christopher Routis||26. Anthony Wordsworth|
|23. Rory McArdle||28. Mathias Pogba|
|25. Andy Halliday||29. Richard Wood|
|12. Ben Williams (GK)||1. Brian Jensen (GK)|
|6. Alan Sheehan||3. Ryan Dickson|
|10. Billy Clarke||8. Jimmy Smith|
|11. Billy Knott||10. Dean Morgan|
|16. Jon Stead||17. Blair Anderson|
|17. Jason Kennedy||20. Bobson Bawling|
|24. Oliver Burke||22. Emmett O'Connor|