Bradford City v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers look to press on from their first home win of the season when they travel to Valley Parade to face Bradford City this weekend.

Rovers beat Coventry 3-1 last time out in a game which saw all the goals scored in the first half.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has now overseen 100 wins during his time at Rovers but is not getting carried away with two wins in a row.

“It lifts the doom and the gloom, but nobody is getting carried away just yet,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“The mood around the camp has always been positive for years now, we have a working hard mind-set, and we dust ourselves down and go again. A couple of wins will build up our confidence as well.”

Clarke has no new injury worries ahead of the match but it is expected that the game will come too soon for Tareiq Holmes-Dennis despite Rovers assistant Marcus Stewart noting that the left back is nearing a return.

Bradford go into the game having struggled so far this season leaving them in 22nd place in the table.

The Bantams have replaced manager Michael Collins with David Hopkin but he has not managed to turn the clubs fortunes around just yet.

The former Livingston boss has overseen three league matches at Valley Parade, losing all three.

Part of the problem for Bradford this season so far is the injury crisis Hopkin has.

13 first team players are out injured with Hopkin yet to meet some of them.

“I haven’t seen most of them, even in training, since I’ve been here,” Hopkin told the Telegraph and Argus.

“So, I’m looking forward to getting them out there and seeing what they can do.

“Josh and Kelvin have been with us and I thought both played well at Blackpool. But there are other boys that haven’t been available since I came in.”

Bradford do have striker Eoin Doyle available after he and Ryan McGowan were rested for their midweek Checkatrade trophy match with Everton


Rovers’ last win away at Bradford came in October 1995.

The last time these two sides met it finished 3-1 to Rovers. Joe Partington, Chris Lines and Liam Sercombe with the goals for the Gas.

The last time these two sides met at Valley Parade it ended 3-1 to Bradford. Former Bantams striker Charlie Wyke scored a hat trick in front of the Sky TV cameras.

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