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Main cast different for Bradford City sequel at Coventry
It’s not only the alien surroundings of Sixfields that will feel very different from the last clash with Coventry.
Most of the major cast members from that pulsating 3-3 TV classic at Valley Parade will not be there.
Coventry have lost Leon Clarke to Wolves and his strike partner-in-crime Callum Wilson to a dislocated shoulder that will keep him sidelined for at least another fortnight.
And City fans need no reminding about Nahki Wells, the hat-trick hero of that day.
The Sky encounter also featured some choice exchanges between the two managers afterwards with Steven Pressley’s dig at City’s “dark-age” football.
But both parties insist that is water under the bridge.
Coventry boss Pressley said: “We spoke the day afterwards and made up and hopefully Phil (Parkinson) will come down with a nice bottle of red wine for after the game.
“Bradford had a terrific start to the season but have found winning hard to come by in recent games.
“But they scored three goals at the weekend and they are a danger, there’s no doubt about it.
“They are still aggressive in their play and have the threat of the two experienced strikers, and that’s something we have to deal with better this time than, in my opinion, we did last time.
“We have to deal with that physical presence because if you want to win against Bradford you have to stand up to the aerial threat.”
Parkinson insists that it was the football not the managerial side-show that people remember from the match.
“It was a feisty affair and a terrific game,” he said. “It was prime-time TV on a Sunday afternoon and we got so many plaudits for the way we played.
“But they are not the Coventry we saw at Valley Parade but then, equally, they’ll be saying we aren’t the same Bradford.
“Both teams have lost key players since that game.
“This is the first time I’ve come up against Steven since and I’m looking forward to it.
“We can’t hide away from the run we’re on and everyone was disappointed after losing to Carlisle on Tuesday.
“But Coventry are not in terrific form themselves.
“We expect the conditions to be very difficult and have got to pick a team who will be able to handle that.
“We have to make sure we are strong and organised.”
Aaron Mclean is a doubt for City as he tries to shake off a bout of flu. Parkinson will also monitor various “bumps and bruises” from the Brunton Park defeat.
He added: “We’ve got to make sure the players are as fresh as possible.
“We just want to get back out there again.
“We had lots of possession at Carlisle but we didn’t create enough clear-cut chances. We didn’t do enough with it.”
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