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9 April 2013

A look ahead to tonight's game

Bristol Rovers go into tonight's game sitting five points outside the play offs with four games to go.

THE OPPOSITION: Bradford go into the match unbeaten in their last four matches. The Bantams picked up maximum points in their home matches against Northampton and Wycombe, also securing victory away at Torquay. They also drew 2-2 with Southend at the end of March. The Yorkshire club are currently three points and three places above Rovers and sit just outside the play offs in 8th place. It has been an exciting year for the club, who beat a number of top teams to make it through to the Capital One Cup final.

HOME VIEW: Defender Michael Smith knows that Bradford will be a tough side to beat. He said: "We've seen them on TV quite a few times.
"They are obviously a good side to have beaten three Premier League sides on the way to getting to the League Cup final, but they have played a lot of games and hopefully that might be starting to tell on their legs.
"I was pretty pleased with how I played on Saturday and was delighted that we got another clean sheet. It's not just about the back five, though. Everybody has to work hard off the ball to make sure we keep our shape, so it has been a real team effort.
"Everybody has played their part in making sure we have avoided relegation and I'd include the fans in that. The atmosphere at the Memorial Stadium has been brilliant and I think they have shown over the last few months that they are the best fans in League Two."

OPPOSITION VIEW: Bradford assistant manager Steve Parkin told that it is all to play for. He said: "We've had a long and rewarding season so far and it is now important that we focus hard and give it our all for these three weeks and last five games.
"Some of the games are really mouth-watering when you look at them, and they start tomorrow night against a very, very good Bristol Rovers team.
"Although they are only three weeks away, any talk about Play-Offs now would be foolish at this point. Our only focus is on Bristol Rovers at the moment.
"It is a recipe for a great game really. They (Bristol Rovers) are the in-form team at the moment, there is no doubt about that. Some of their results since John (Ward) has come in have been tremendous.
"We're coming off the back of some good performances ourselves, however, and we are really confident going into this game. We're not over-confident though, and there is a difference."

DANGER MAN: Top goal scorer Nahki Wells has netted 19 times this season for Bradford. The Bermudian striker played for a couple of clubs in his home country before coming to England to study football. He joined Carlisle United in 2011, making his debut against Bristol Rovers. Wells then moved to Bradford in the summer of 2011. This season he became the first player from Bermuda to appear in an English major cup final.

LAST MEETING: When the two sides met at the Memorial Stadium earlier this year, it was in an exciting 3-3 draw. Rovers took the lead three times, through Guy Branston, Tom Eaves and Michael Smith, before being pegged back each time. The last trip to Bradford also ended in a draw, this time Matt Harrold and Eliot Richards scored, while Bradford netted two penalties.

TICKETS: Tickets for Rovers trip to Bradford City will be available to purchase on the day. Tickets in the Midland Road Stand are priced at £20 for adults, £14 for senior citizens and £12 for U16s.  Ticket prices will not rise on the day of the game.

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