Bradford City v Crawley Town - Play-off place would be a bonus for Bantams - Niall Canavan

No League Two team has been more consistent since joint managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars took over Bradford City in mid-December, yet defender Niall Canavan thinks the play-offs are still seen as a bonus rather than a must.

Good job: Bradford City jonit-managers Connor Sellars and Mark Trueman. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Bantams host Crawley Town this evening three points outside the top seven.

Only Cambridge United have more points since the change of manager, and they have played two more matches. Canavan thinks it owes a lot to hard work on the training ground but does not come with added pressure.

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“I don’t think there’s an expectancy and we don’t put the pressure on ourselves,” he said of the play-offs. “If we get there brilliant, if we’ve fallen short it’s hopefully by a small margin and that leads us well into the next season.

“To be consistent the work is essentially done on the training pitch.”

Canavan thinks Trueman and Sellars showed great trust by switching to a back three with a midfield diamond during Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Grimsby Town.

“We went to a shape we’d not played before or worked on and it’s just about managing the game and that just comes down to calm heads and a bit of experience,” he said. “It’s a good sign they trust us to handle that.”

Levi Sutton is back from injury but may be eased back from the bench.

Last six games: Bradford City WDWWLD; Crawley Town DLDLLL

Referee: M Coy (Durham)

Last time: Bradford City 2 Crawley Town 1, October 19, 2019, League Two.

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