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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Bradford City and Northampton Town at Valley Parade.

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Clive Platt: Boost for Cobblers

Clive Platt: Boost for Cobblers

Bradford have no new injury concerns.

The Bantams go into the game five points adrift of the play-off places, albeit with a game in hand on seventh-placed Exeter.

But anything less than a win against the Cobblers, who themselves are chasing a top three spot, could leave City with too much to do.

Phil Parkinson, whose side have lost just one of their last nine games, is only without long-term injury absentee Luke Oliver (Achilles).

The manager made just one change from Good Friday's draw against Southend to Easter Monday's defeat of Torquay - recalling Nahki Wells for Zavon Hines - and is once again unlikely to tinker too much.

Alan Connell, Will Atkinson and Nathan Doyle are ready for action, though, if Parkinson does decide to make changes.

Veteran striker Clive Platt is fit for Northampton's trip.

Platt, 35, sat out Monday's defeat at Cheltenham on the bench after a calf injury forced him off during the home win over Torquay three days previously.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "Clive is fit and he'll be ready for Bradford. I thought the team did really well in the second half at Cheltenham so I didn't really see the need to bring him on."

Platt's return means Boothroyd has just two absentees, with captain Kelvin Langmead continuing his rehabilitation following last month's knee operation and striker Alex Nicholls - who travelled with the squad to Cheltenham - still recovering from a broken leg.

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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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