Newport County v Bradford City - Rotating strikers Andy Cook and Danny Rowe kept on their toes

Andy Cook or Danny Rowe will be the big decision for Bradford City’s joint managers as they look to continue the momentum that has put them in League Two play-off contention.

Danny Rowe: Scored against Bolton as the weekend but will he start for Bradford tonight. (Picture: Simon Hulme)

Conor Sellars thinks having two options at the head of their 4-2-3-1 is keeping them fresh and pushing their games forward.

Cook got the nod against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, but substitute Rowe scored the last-minute equaliser. With the pair having alternated for the last five matches, there is a good chance he will start against Newport County tonight.

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“Andy Cook was a battering ram for most of the game and Rowey came on and won the game for us so it’s nice to have two attacking players who can score goals and have different strengths,” said Sellars.

Bradford player Andy Cook battles for the ball with Bolton player Lloyd Isgrove. (Picture: Simon Hulme)

“In the last few games it’s been a one-in, one-out scenario which has kept them really fresh and playing a game a week.

“They’re learning from each other’s games. We’ve seen a difference in Danny Rowe in how he tries to win the ball back.”

The game is being played at the Cardiff City Stadium to give the Rodney Parade pitch much-needed recovery time. Sellars hopes it helps the 10th-placed Bantams, looking to narrow the gap between the sides to one point with a game in hand.

“The pitch is going to be in really good condition and that suits us to keep the ball better and not have to check all the time in possession,” he explained. “A nice pitch allows players to drift into different positions and do a bit more on the ball.” Gareth Evans is added to the squad after recovering from hamstring trouble.

Last six games: Newport County WLDWLD; Bradford City DWWWWW

Referee: W Finnie (Bedfordshire)

Last time: Newport County 2 Bradford City 1, February 22, 2020, League Two.

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