Stevenage v Bradford City - Bantams confident they have the squad to cope

Squad depth could be crucial as Bradford City look to keep alive their play-off ambitions at Stevenage this afternoon.
Refreshed: Elliot Watt. Picture: Jacques Feeney/Getty ImagesRefreshed: Elliot Watt. Picture: Jacques Feeney/Getty Images
Refreshed: Elliot Watt. Picture: Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

To come off the back of a Good Friday victory over fifth-placed Forest Green, then face a team unbeaten in their last 11 League Two matches today is no easy task. Midfielder Elliot Watt thinks the Bantams have the squad to cope.

Watt set the ball rolling in Friday’s 4-1 win, scoring the opening goal, having been on the bench at Colchester United six days earlier. Substitute Danny Rowe completed the scoring with his 13th goal this season, five since moving to Valley Parade in January.

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“We’ve got quality throughout the squad,” said Watt, whose side moved back to within three points of the play-offs on Friday.

“On the bench on Friday we had Ollie Crankshaw, Charles Vernam, Danny Rowe, Matty Foulds – top players who maybe could win us the game and have a case to start any game.

“The gaffers (Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars) said in the changing room after the game everybody has a role to play whether it’s coming on from the bench or if you don’t make the bench, supporting the lads to get the three points.

“We’ve got a great changing room and everybody is right behind people to go and do the job, it’s brilliant. Every player will tell you the same or if they don’t, they’re lying – it’s disappointing when you don’t play but you’ve got to support the lads.

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“Physically, I felt fine but mentally my decision-making in games like Scunthorpe away was poor and I felt as though the rest did me well so I just need to keep pushing on and improving.”

Last six games: Stevenage WWWDDW; Bradford City WWLDLL

Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorkshire)

Last time: Stevenage 0 Bradford City 1, August 20, 2019, League Two.

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