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McCALL | WE WILL HAVE TO FRESHEN THINGS UP FOR FLEETWOOD

31 December 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall has admitted that he will have to think long and hard about his team selection for this Monday's New Year's Day fixture at Fleetwood Town.

Following Saturday's entertaining 3-2 victory over Oxford United - a game which saw City play some truly outstanding football at times - the temptation is there to stick with the same set-up.

With Monday's match at Fleetwood the Bantams' second game in just three days, however, McCall has acknowledged that he must also factor in the freshness of his players ahead of the trip to Highbury Stadium.

The Bantams will be forced into at least one change for the match with the Cod Army due to Charlie Wyke's injury time red card in the Oxford fixture.

McCall said: "Looking up front, we have Dom (Poleon) and Alex Jones missing through injury, and now Charlie suspended.

"That is three of our front five unavailable really.

"The likes of Tim (Dieng) and Shay (McCartan) played their first game in a while (against Oxford), so we'll need to see if they can go again.

"We would have liked to have freshen things up more but we have six players out through injury or illness at the moment.

"If it is just a twenty-four hour bug, Macca (Tony McMahon) might be back available for Fleetwood but none of the other ones will be.

"We will look to pick the freshest team we can. On the back of a victory, the lads will be buoyed and ready to give it one big effort on Monday.

"We are in training Sunday (New Year's Eve) and we'll look at team selection carefully then.

"We have to wary of the fact that if we go with the same side again, we might have four, five, six of them tiring after an hour or so because of their recent efforts.

"We will speak with the players at training to see how they feel.

"We will certainly have to freshen things up again. I'm sure Fleetwood will do the same."


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