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

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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