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14 December 2020

The Bantams travel to The People’s Pension Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) - taking on Crawley Town.

Mark Trueman will take temporary charge of City, following Stuart McCall and Kenny Black’s departure from the club on Sunday.

The Red Devils currently sit in 13th position, having won six, drawn five and lost six. This will be the first time they have welcomed 2,000 fans into the stadium since March, after a successful trial match against Barrow last weekend.

We have put together this Big Match Preview to take you through everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s match.


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing a video iFollow match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 6.30pm. 

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: iFollow video match passes for away Sky Bet League Two fixtures are not included with a 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket.


City: Lee Novak is expected to be involved again after making his first appearance back from injury in Saturday’s defeat to Oldham Athletic.

Bryce Hosannah has been ruled out having limped off with a hamstring injury at Boundary Park. The young full-back will have a scan tomorrow. 

Billy Clarke, Gareth Evans and Kurtis Guthrie all remain sidelined. 


Mark Trueman (caretaker manager): "It is about trying to get the best out of these players and motivate them as much as possible to try and perform tomorrow night. 

"We are not in a good position at all, but all my focus can be is on going down to Crawley and trying to get a result.

"We want to be competitive and have to show the desire to compete. I want to see exactly what the supporters want to see from the players."


The Bantams' eight-game unbeaten run came to an end against Crawley Town as Ollie Palmer’s first-half goals were enough to see John Yems’ side claim all three points at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Saturday January 11

Sky Bet League Two

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Dylan Connolly (Shay McCartan 68'), Matt Palmer, Jake Reeves (Hope Akpan 58’), Chris Taylor (Aramide Oteh 58’); Eoin Doyle, James Vaughan (c). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK): Paudie O’Connor, Jermaine Anderson, Jordan Gibson.

GOALS: Oteh (84').

CRAWLEY: Glenn Morris; Josh Dacres-Cogley, Jamie Sendles-White, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Josh Doherty; Panutche Camara, Dannie Bulman (c), Nathan Ferguson, Bez Lubala; Ollie Palmer (Ricardo German 84', yellow 90'), Ashley Nadesan (David Sesay 89'). Subs (not used): Michael Luyambula (GK); George Francomb, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Tarryn Allarakhia.

GOALS: Palmer (21’, 40’).

ATTENDANCE: 2,361 (509 visitors). 

REFEREE: Neil Hair.


Sam Purkiss has taken charge of 14 matches this season, including five in Sky Bet League One and four in Sky Bet League Two. He has given out 35 yellow cards, three red cards and seven penalties.

Tuesday evening’s referee made the step up to the EFL from the National League at the start of the 2019/20 season and has taken charge of two City matches since. 

Purkiss will be assisted by Dean Treleaven and Christopher Wade, with Andy Bennett as fourth official.


Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow evening with Sky Bet.

City to win and both teams to score is available at 9/2, with Clayton Donaldson or Lee Novak to open the scoring both available at 6/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.


The Bantams will wear their grey third strip for Tuesday night’s encounter, with Crawley in their all red home colours.

Crawley: Red / Red / Red

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

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