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14 December 2017

Ahead of City's trip to Southend United this weekend, Bantams boss Stuart McCall held his usual pre-match press event at the club's training ground this Thursday.

Let's take a look at some of the main headlines from McCall's latest meeting with the assembled media...

Unbeaten at home vs formidable away form
McCall's Bantams will be looking to continue their impressive away form so far this season when they travel to Southend. The Shrimpers are the only side left unbeaten at home in League One, however, and McCall is wary of Southend looking to bounce back after a 3-0 loss at Bristol Rovers last time out. He said: "Looking at Southend's quotes after the (Bristol Rovers) game, it seems like they thought their performance in that match was probably one of their worst of the season. With that in mind, we are preparing to face a wounded animal. Coupled with the fact that they have their unbeaten run at home, we know we will be in for challenging game on Saturday. Having said that, we are comfortable with how we are playing. We have obviously picked up some great results away from home this season, and we also have some players coming back for this weekend."

Reeves and Dieng return
City's midfield duo are back in the squad for the journey to Southend after recent injury. Jake Reeves missed the Rochdale win with a tweaked groin, while Timothee Dieng had been sidelined for over a month due to a hamstring problem. McCall said: "We've given Reevesy a bit of a rest and he has now returned to training. With Tim, he has been working hard recently with our physios and Chris Short (fitness coach). It is good to have them both back. You could see we were a bit light in midfield last weekend, so it is good to have the most people we can available." 

With Reeves and Dieng back in contention, plus the likes of Tyrell Robinson and Paul Taylor impressing in more than one position during last Saturday's Rochdale win, McCall is aware he has at least one or two selection decisions to make ahead of the match at Roots Hall. McCall said: "Having Reeves and Dieng back, it gives us a good headache to have. We've had some good strong performances in the last couple of games, so we'll sit down and look at how we want to approach Saturday's game and which team we think will be best to select. It will be nice to have some options during the game as well off the bench and with different formations."

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