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Argyle @ Bradford City - the Line-Ups

Pilgrims Unchanged at Utilita Energy Stadium

29 February 2020

AFTER the Utilita Energy Stadium surface passed two pitch inspections, Argyle manager Ryan Lowe named an unchanged side for the Pilgrims' Sky Bet League Two visit to Bradford City.

Centre-back Scott Wootton made his 50th Argyle appearance as the Pilgrims played an EFL match on February 29 for only the third time in their history.

The previous occasion had been in 1992, when current Argyle goalkeeping coach Rhys Wilmot was between the posts for the Pilgrims in a Second Division match at Ipswich Town.

Forward Ryan Taylor returned to the squad in his native Yorkshire, with Joel Grant omitted from the 18 on the team sheet.

Match referee Carl Boyeson had looked at the playing surface twice before the game was given the go-ahead, at 10.30am and 1pm.

Bradford's starting 11 showed three changes to the one that had lost 2-1 at Newport in their previous game, including a recall for ex-Pilgrim Kelvin Mellor. Another former Pilgrim, Anthony O'Connor, was included in the side.

Bradford City (4-4-2): 1 Richard O'Donnell; 2 Kelvin Mellor, 6 Anthony O'Connor, 5 Ben Richards-Everton, 23 Connor Wood; 14 Shay McCartan, 8 Jake Reeves, 19 Dylan Connolly, 21 Hope Akpan; 9 Lee Novak, 10 Clayton Donaldson. Substitutes: 7 Harry Pritchard, 11 Zeli Ismail, 22 Adam Henley, 26 Callum Cooke, 27 Jamie Devitt, 31 Luke McGee (gk), 32 Dylan Mottley-Henry.

Argyle (3-5-2): 24 Alex Palmer; 5 Scott Wootton, 6 Niall Canavan, Gary Sawyer (capt); 8 Joe Edwards, 7 Antoni Sarcevic, 14 Tyreeq Bakinson, 10 Danny Mayor, 21 Callum McFadzean; 17 Byron Moore, 31 Luke Jephcott. Substitutes: 1 Mike Cooper (gk), 9 Ryan Taylor, 11 Dom Telford, 15 Conor Grant, 18 Ryan Hardie, 20 Adam Randell, 32 George Cooper.

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