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Bradford Is Chance To Impress Lee Johnson

24 April 2015

Reds Head Coach Lee Johnson is aiming to end this season’s away campaign on  a high as the Reds travel to Bradford this weekend in search of completing a league double of their Yorkshire rivals.

After last weekend’s well deserved point at Oakwell, the Reds will be hoping for another strong showing this Saturday as they face an improved Bradford side.

Lee Johnson faces some selection dilemmas ahead of the trip, most notably with some doubt over Sam Winnall’s fitness.

“Sam has a bit of a niggle on his hamstring so he will be 50/50 I think," said Johnson.

"It is not too bad but it may have just come a little bit too early for him. He is keen to play but we will just have to see how it is.

“His injury is not that bad, it is not a recurrence of  his previous injury or anything like that, it is just a slight strain. If he feels like he can play and he wants to play then get him in, if not and he feels like there is a risk of being injured again for three or four weeks and having to recover for pre-season, it's just not worth it.

“We are desperate to finish the season on a high note and you know that to do that you want to play your best team but then you also want to give everyone an opportunity to impress.

“To be honest we are quite down to our bare bones so the squad that will be invloved will be the best available anyway.”

Saturday’s game against Bradford is sure to be an emotional day for both sides as the game will commemorate the fire disaster of 1985.

Both sides will observe a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off to remember the 56 supporters lost that day.

Lee Johnson said, “It will be an emotional day for football, it was a disaster, the events of that day. Hopefully it will be fitting and a nice day and of course there will be some compassion from both teams and sets of fans. I believe the two sets of supporters have a very good relationship.”

On the subject of the threat that the Bantams pose to the Reds, Johnson praised their season this year as it has included a good FA Cup run that saw them reach the 6th round, beating the likes of Sunderland and more impressively Chelsea on their way.

“They have had some fantasic cup runs, they are a good side, full of strong typical League One players if you like," he added. "They have got the threat of Hanson and a lot goes through him and they’ve got some decent bits of quality in and about that.

“It will be no doubt a tough game, but a game that I think will be quite a good one. I am looking forward to it, it’s an end of the season one so you hope the tempo isn’t a slow one but given the emotions of the day and that this commemorative match, it is important that we put a good show on for the fans.”     

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