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BANTAMS BOSS EXPECTING PROGRESS

14 September 2018

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David Hopkin is expecting to witness further progress tomorrow when his Bantams play host to Charlton Athletic, at the Northern Commercials Stadium (3.00pm).

The City head coach is less than 24 hours away from his first home game in charge.

And, after a positive week on the training paddock, Hopkin believes his side is “more than ready” for what Saturday’s London visitors will bring.

“The players have worked very hard and it has been a great week’s preparation,” he said.

“It is steady progress for us, as we are carrying some injuries, but what I am trying to implement is getting through.

“The players’ fitness levels have really improved and there are lots of positives to take into tomorrow.

“We look sharp and everyone is giving their all. The players appear to be enjoying what they are doing and it will begin to show on the pitch.

“It is my first game at Valley Parade as head coach and I am really looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to see the fans and am sure they will be right behind us. They are great people and I want to give them something to cheer.

“The support at Blackpool was magnificent and, as long as the fans are backing us again tomorrow, it will make a huge difference.”

Sean Scannell is set to return to Bantams action tomorrow after overcoming a minor injury, though City will be without skipper Josh Wright and Kelvin Mellor.

The pair picked up injuries last time out and join the likes of Hope Akpan (shoulder) and Adam Chicksen (leg) on the sidelines.

Jake Reeves and Alex Jones are expected to return during the early part of October, however, and Hopkin claims “healthy" competition for places will follow.

The Bradford boss added: “It is always tough when you get injuries. They are sometimes hard to prevent but opportunities have arisen for other people as a result.

However, as people start to come back, we will really develop. Once everyone is back fit, I will have a very good squad of players to pick from. The competition for places will be high.

“Tomorrow is going to be a challenge for us but it is one we are relishing. I know Lee (Bowyer) very well and he has done a great job at Charlton.

“We are ready, though, and the players will give it everything in front of the home support.”


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