Bradford City striker Aramide Oteh is looking ahead to tonight’s Leasing.com Trophy clash, claiming it will present a similar test to the weekend’s FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury.
At the weekend, Bradford faced a trip to New Meadow to face Shrewsbury in the FA Cup first round proper and held the home side to a 1-1 draw, after Oteh’s strike was cancelled out by Josh Laurent’s equaliser.
Oteh joined the Bantams in the summer on loan from Queens Park Rangers and has begun to make an impact in West Yorkshire with two goals and one assist in his last five games in all competitions, earning him a starting spot in Gary Bowyer’s side of late.
Oteh’s goal at the weekend was expertly taken as he first lofted the ball over the onrushing Shrews ‘keeper before controlling and firing into an empty goal, giving the League Two side an unlikely early lead. The game has been forced into a replay but Bradford will take positives that they have the quality to compete with those in the division above having been relegated from there last season.
Tonight they face a similar test in Rochdale in the Leasing.com Trophy and Oteh is fully aware of the challenge his side faces. Speaking to the club’s official website, Oteh had this to say: “It may turn out a similar game to the Shrewsbury one, with Rochdale being in the same division.
“We have to go out and do the same again, on Tuesday. Hopefully, our experiences from Saturday will help us, a little bit.
“We played well, on Saturday, and probably deserved better than what we left with.
“We have looked back at our performance and will be hoping to build on it, against Rochdale.
“We know it will be a tough game and we are heading into it prepared.”
Oteh is right to be aware of the similar threats that both Shrewsbury and now Rochdale pose and the quality they possess, being from a league above.
Bradford will be feeling confident of a positive result tonight that would see them move level on points with second-placed Bolton Wanderers and potentially above them depending on the scoreline.