Fleetwood v Bradford preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Fleetwood and Bradford at Highbury Stadium.

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Jon Parkin: Pushing for a start

Jon Parkin: Pushing for a start

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has no new injury worries to contend with.

Jon Parkin is set to be involved once more after the well-travelled striker returned from a hamstring injury ahead of schedule to come off the bench and net his 100th professional goal in last weekend's 3-0 win over Oxford.

Barry Nicholson was also among the substitutes and is expected to be once more as the former Preston midfielder continues to build fitness following a back problem.

Junior Brown has recovered from the calf problem that saw him substituted against United, although replacement Ryan Crowther impressed by getting himself on the scoresheet.

Youth team product Jamie Allen was handed a first start last time out alongside debutant Paul McKenna in the Cod Army midfield and both players are likely to retain their places.

Youl Mawene has stepped up training on his comeback from a broken foot but the game comes too soon for him, while fellow centre-back and club captain Steve McNulty left to join Luton on transfer deadline day.

Bradford defender Michael Nelson could make his long-awaited debut for the club at Fleetwood.

Nelson, signed from Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee earlier this month, was an unused substitute in the Capital One Cup clash at Aston Villa and the Bantams' scheduled league game against Wycombe last week was postponed due to the weather.

Bradford's last league game was against Oxford three weeks ago and the break will have allowed the likes of Stephen Darby (foot), striker James Hanson (toe) and winger Will Atkinson (stomach) to shake off knocks.

Midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, plus wingers Kyel Reid and Garry Thompson are all pushing for recalls after starting the second leg of the clash at Villa on the substitutes' bench.

Phil Parkinson's side have taken just one point from their last four league games and are three points off a play-off spot.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Sat, 12 Apr 2014

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