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McCALL'S PRE-PLYMOUTH PRESS EVENT | WHAT WE LEARNED

9 November 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall held his usual pre-match press event at City's Apperley Bridge training ground this Thursday ahead of the weekend's Sky Bet League One encounter with Plymouth Argyle.

For City, the Plymouth match at the Northern Commercials Stadium will be their first league match since the end of October due to their involvement in the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

Here are some of the main headlines to come out of McCall's pre-Plymouth meeting with the assembled press...

Attacking choices
McCall has admitted that he has a pleasing selection headache on his hands when it comes to deciding his forward players for the Plymouth match. Paul Taylor and Alex Jones have been in good form recently, while Dominic Poleon made a return from injury in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy match with Rotherham United. The City chief said: "The lads have been looking really sharp in training. Lots of good goals and good movement. We have a good problem on our hands at the moment in terms of coming up with a team and a shape for Saturday. Plymouth are a very stubborn and hard-working side. They haven't conceded many in recent games so we might have to be patient. We can't be pedestrian and slow, however, and we've worked on a few things in recent days. We need our creative players to be on the top of their game.

Dieng doubtful
McCall confirmed that Frenchman Timothee Dieng is a doubt for Saturday after the midfielder suffered a minor hamstring injury in Tuesday's Rotherham match. McCall said: "It is nothing really bad but we will have to monitor him. He can still feel the problem slightly, so we kept him with the physio today (Thursday). We will make a definite decision on Tim tomorrow (Friday) but we won't take a gamble on him. It all depends how he feels when he comes in tomorrow."

Reeves ready to go again
Bantams midfielder Jake Reeves is back in contention again after being given a period off to rest up a groin issue. McCall revealed: "He picked up a bit of a stress injury around the area - just over-working the muscle -  so he's had an injection there. I believe Rory McArdle and Stephen Darby had similar problems that they managed during their time here. It is just about managing your workload. Jake had ten days rest and returned to training today (Thursday). It is something we might have to monitor with him as the season goes on but the specialist feels the injection has done the trick for now."

 

Stuart McCall's FULL pre-match Plymouth Argyle interview can now be seen by iFollow subscribers HERE.


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