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4 December 2017

Club News


4 December 2017

Bantams assistant Kenny Black says City will be looking to keep recent momentum going when they entertain Oldham Athletic in Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy this Tuesday (5 December 2017).

After finishing top of their group in the first stage of the competition, City welcome Oldham to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Tuesday evening (kick off 7:30pm) looking to secure a place in the last sixteen.

The Bantams head into the tie having won three out of their last four league and cup games, including last Saturday's victory over Plymouth Argyle in the Emirates FA Cup.

City, who made it to within two rounds of the Wembley final last season, will meet Oldham at Valley Parade for the second time this season after the 1-1 league draw between the two sides back in October.

The Bantams are expected to make changes to their starting XI for the visit of Oldham, but Black says City will still be going all out for victory as they aim to make it two cup wins on the trot ahead of the return to league action at the weekend.

Black said: "This game will certainly be different to the Rotherham match (City's final group game) when we were already through and played almost an expertimental side.

"It is knock-out football now.

"We've got home advantage, which is something we were aiming for when we started the group phase.

"Home advantage isn't a guarantee that we'll get through though.

"We saw how Oldham played against us back in October in the league and we're expecting another challenge.

"Oldham are out of the FA Cup and they will want to bounce back after losing in the league at Southend United last Saturday.

"They put a strong side out in their final group game in this competition against Newcastle United U21s, and you could see them coming here and putting out another strong side as well.

"We can only concentrate on ourselves though.

"There will be players involved who perhaps haven't played as much as they would have liked recently.

"They will be blended into a team which we hope will be good enough to get us the win.

"We do have some aches and pains from Saturday (vs Plymouth Argyle), but we will still be looking to get a competitive side out who can cause Oldham problems.

"We got to the quarter-final stage in the Checkatrade Trophy last season and we want to stay in this competition as long as we can this season.

"If we can build on Saturday's victory in the FA Cup and pick up another win on Tuesday night, it will have been a really positive week going into our league game with Rochdale (this coming Saturday)."

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