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Bantams strike pair Nahki Wells and James Hanson two hot to handle!
Mark Yeates reckons City’s chances of making strides in League One will hinge on their hitmen staying healthy.
The Irishman was in imperious form in the 4-0 thrashing of Carlisle that has raised expectations ahead of Saturday’s trip to Port Vale.
The strike pair have carried the form that swept City to play-off final glory in May into the new campaign. Wells has scored in every game so far and Hanson, who opened his goal account last week, has proved a constant handful.
An impressed Yeates said: “The two boys up front are big assets to this club. Keep them fit and it’s going to be huge for us.
“Nahki’s got three in three so far. Just training with the lad you can see he’s alive and quick and he’s got two good feet.
“He was probably disappointed to only come away with one goal last week but that will happen in time. He’s a good finisher.
“Everyone knows about big Hans and what his strengths are. I haven’t played with anyone better in the air – and I’ve played with some good names in my time.
“That’s a big credit to him and he’s full of confidence. He showed that for his goal when he cut in on his right foot, which isn’t his best, and slotted it home.”
Phil Parkinson is after more goals from midfield this term and Yeates is expected to address an area where City have been lacking. With skipper Gary Jones also netting against the Cumbrians, Yeates is confident the rest of the side will come up with their fair share.
He added: “We’ve got goals all over the park. Doyley (Nathan Doyle) will feel he can score two or three goals this season. Thommo (Garry Thompson) had two or three great chances on Saturday that he’d probably stick away on another day.
Vale are expected to make changes for the weekend after boss Micky Adams accused them of “lacking enthusiasm” in last week’s loss to Colchester.
Defender Richard Duffy said: “People will be hurt by that. The manager had a right to be upset and will be looking for a reaction now.”
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