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Preview: Dons look to maintain unbeaten league run as Bradford bolster squad

Quotes, team news, stats and coverage of tomorrow's League One match

26 January 2018

By Rob Cornell

Wimbledon will be aiming to keep up their unbeaten league form this year and complete the double over Bradford, when the two sides meet at the Northern Commercials Stadium tomorrow (3 pm).

The Bantams are still very much in contention for the promotion play-offs this season in fifth place, despite a run of poor results.

When the two sides met at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, only last month and two days before Christmas, it was the Dons who picked up all three points. A goal in each half, from Cody McDonald (pictured) and Lyle Taylor, helped seal a 2-1 victory.

Last Saturday new signing Joe Pigott successfully opened his account for his new club, by notching the second goal after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Blackpool. Liam Trotter was also on target, as he opened the scoring again and claimed his second goal of the season, having also netted in the 2-0 victory over Southend on New Year’s Day.

It’s been a tough time for Bradford and their manager Stuart McCall this month. After a 2-1 win at Fleetwood on 1 January, they exited the FA Cup at the hands of Yeovil Town and lost their following three league games – most recently going down 2-0 to Rotherham United in midweek.

While Joe Pigott has continued to impress in training for the Dons, and Neal Ardley is looking to make another addition before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, Bradford have bolstered their squad with a number of new recruits this week.

Quotes

Neil Cox –

Our mentality is that we want to go and win the game, but we’ve got to defend really well and not like we were at the end of last season there - when we turned up and didn’t really perform. We’ve got to do what we did in the home game before Christmas and set about them – make sure we play at our tempo.

We’ve got to be positive. I think the gaffer has been putting that in all our minds and since Christmas we’ve been positive and we’ve got to try and win games. We’re getting players forward and in the box and we need to create more chances. The more people we get on the pitch that want to do that, the better we’ll be.

Stuart McCall –

The players and myself can guarantee a performance full of fight, desire, commitment. We are up against a Wimbledon side who are renowned for that at the moment. They are scrapping for their lives down at the bottom and they’ve got a great work ethic. We’ve got to match that and more.

Team news

Midfielder Dean Parrett is struggling for match fitness and he will probably miss out again this week. Centre-back Will Nightingale is also likely to be missing, as he has a sore knee. Striker Kwesi Appiah has recovered from his recent operation on a tendon in his hamstring and has started his rehab.

The Bantams have been very busy in the January transfer window, making four additions to their squad over the past couple of days.

Bradford have added versatile defender Ryan McGowan on a permanent deal, subject to international clearance, while Burton Albion duo Matthew Lund and Stephen Warnock have arrived on loan until the end of the season. Warnock has been capped twice by England.

This follows the signing of German striker Kai Bruenker from SC Freiburg on Thursday for an undisclosed fee and also subject to international clearance.

Form guide 

(All competitions, most recent result first)

Bradford City – LLLLWW

AFC Wimbledon - WDLWDL

Last time out 

Rotherham United 2, Bradford City 0

AFC Wimbledon 2, Blackpool 0

Last meeting

December 23, 2017

Sky Bet League One,

AFC Wimbledon 2, Bradford City 1

Top scorers in League One 

Charlie Wyke (Bradford City) – 12

Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) - 8

Commentary

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