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14 March 2014

We look ahead to Saturday's game at Valley Parade


Valley Parade

Sky Bet League One

Saturday March 15

Kick-Off, 3pm

Team News:

Ryan Inniss (hamstring), Danny Kedwell (knee) and Chris Whelpdale (ankle) are unavailable for the trip to Bradford.

Michael Harriman however has recovered and will take his place in the 18-man squad should he have no reoccurrence of his hamstring problem.

Connor Smith is also expected to be in the squad having been left out of the last two games.

As for Bradford, Manager Phil Parkinson has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game, however Defenders James Meredith and Matty Taylor (both foot), winger Raffaele De Vita (hip/groin), plus midfielder Kyel Reid (knee) all remain sidelined.

Manager Comments:

Peter Taylor returns to his former club at the weekend, but is hoping recent back to back victories will result in a strong away display.

Speaking to the club website he said: “I only had a year there; I left them in exactly the same position as when I took over – unfortunately we didn’t get enough results and it didn’t work out.

“We had tonnes of injuries and were really unlucky, and the injuries were with the experienced players. If we had got the injuries to the younger ones it wouldn’t have mattered.

“Simon Ramsden is now playing in Scotland, Michael Flynn was here of course and they were important players for Bradford and were confident of going out in front of 12-13,000 and perform whereas some of the youngsters probably hadn’t experienced anything like it.

“At home teams came to us, defended well in 4-5-1 and frustrated us. In the end I and the two Chairmen shook hands on it, but it’s a great Football club with good people and good support.

“I was delighted and jealous last season when they had the season they had – they deserved it. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the people but I’m looking for the team to go and perform well there.”

Previous Meetings:

secure all three points for the Bantams.The clubs last met in September last year when a ninth minute Gary Jones goal was enough to

In total the two teams have met on 42 occasions – of those the Gills have the upper of the head to head stats with 19 victories. Bradford have won 12 matches, and the resulting 11 games have ended in a draw.

Current Form (last six league games):

Bradford: LWWLLW (9 points)

Gills: WLLLWW (9 points)


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Assistants - Peter Gooch and Simeon Lucas

Fourth Official - Nick Greenhalgh

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