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FIVE THINGS | OLDHAM ATHLETIC (CHECKATRADE TROPHY)

4 December 2017

Following Saturday's victory over Plymouth Argyle in the Emirates FA Cup, Stuart McCall's Bantams now turn their attentions to this Tuesday's (5 December 2017) Checkatrade Trophy Round Two tie with Oldham Athletic.

Ahead of the knock-out encounter at the Northern Commercials Stadium - kick off 7:30pm - let's take a look at some possible talking points going into Tuesday night...

1. Another home game, another cup tie
After Saturday's FA Cup win over Plymouth Argyle at Valley Parade, McCall's men are back on home soil on Tuesday night in another cup competition. Can City claim more cup success - this time in the Checkatrade Trophy - ahead of the return to league action next weekend?

2. Looking for more progression
Going into Tuesday's tie, City will be looking for more success in the Checkatrade Trophy after an encouraging run in the competition last season. The Bantams made it all the way to the quarter-final stage in the 2016/2017 campaign, losing out away to eventual finalists Oxford United. At this same stage (Round Two) of the competition last season, City claimed a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United at Valley Parade thanks to a single second half goal from Nicky Law. The Bantams topped their mini-league for the second year in succession during the group stages to give them home advantage for the Oldham tie. Could that prove crucial come Tuesday evening?

3. Oldham, we meet again!
Like Plymouth on Saturday, Oldham's cup encounter with City this Tuesday will be their second visit to the Northern Commercials Stadium in the first half of the season. The Bantams and Oldham have already met in Sky Bet League One, with Eoin Doyle's leveller for the visitors cancelling out a stunning early strike from Paul Taylor to see the game finish 1-1.

4. The return of a City legend
Oldham's second trip of the season to Valley Parade will see the welcome return of a former Bantams favourite. Paul Jewell - a one-time player and manager with City - was recently appointed assistant manager at Oldham. After spending a decade at City as a player, Jewell famously led the Bantams to the Premier League as manager back in 1999. Jewell then helped City defy all the odds the following season to ensure the club stayed up in their first campaign back in the top flight.

5. Chance to shine?
With a busy festive period not too far away now, McCall could look to give some of his squad a chance to impress in Tuesday's tie with Oldham. Former Latics striker Dominic Poleon looked bright during his second half appearance as a substitute at the weekend, while Omari Patrick caught the eye last week with a well-taken double in the reserves. Jordan Gibson is another player who will be desperate to be involved after impressing already in this competition.


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