Bradford City will be looking to get back to winning ways in League Two, after they were left frustrated in their last game against Cambridge United.
The Bantams were beaten 2-1 by Cambridge, which leaves them without a win in their last three games.
It’s not been the start that Stuart McCall would have been hoping for at Valley Parade, and he’ll know that results simply have to improve in the near future if they’re to stand any chance of finishing inside the top-seven in the fourth-tier standings.
Bradford are currently sat ninth in the League Two table, but are just a point adrift of seventh-placed Colchester United, so it looks as though the race for the play-offs will go right down to the wire this term.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Newport County, manager Stuart McCall provided supporters with an important injury update on some key players.
“Kurtis Guthrie is still missing with a niggly knee problem and Callum Cooke is probably not available, at this moment in time. Kelvin Mellor has been back training today, but will not be ready in time for Saturday.”
Guthrie has only made two appearances for the Bantams since arriving from Stevenage in the January transfer window, and he’ll be keen to return to action in the near future to aid their promotion bid.
A win for Bradford could see them move into the play-off places in League Two, but they’ll be well-aware of the threat that Newport County will pose to them at Valley Parade on Saturday.
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This is a frustrating update for Bradford City supporters to read.
Mellor and Cooke have been impressive from what I’ve seen of them, and Stuart McCall would have been keen to have them available for selection this weekend, but that isn’t the case.
Kurtis Guthrie hasn’t had much of a chance to impress since arriving from Stevenage in the January transfer window, and he’ll be hoping he can return from injury at the earliest of opportunities.
It’ll be a tough game for the Bantams this weekend against Newport County, but I can see them sneaking a narrow win to keep their promotion hopes alive.