Preview: Exeter City vs Bradford City. FA Cup replay Part II

It’s an extra match in the calendar that neither side will have wanted, but given it appeared the fault lied partly with the officials, a replay of the replay was perhaps the fairest outcome all round. City will hope to get back on track following a solitary point from two long away trips in the past week. Matt Taylor’s only change at Rochdale on Saturday was an enforced one, Cameron Dawson’s illness giving a debut to player coach Scott Brown, while the fact Taylor named an unchanged outfield suggests wholesale changes could be in order on Tuesday night.

Bradford’s form since the null and void replay hasn’t been scintillating, with two further draws and a defeat in their three fixtures to mean they’ve now drawn six and lost one of their last seven since a win at Swindon over a month ago. Given this is will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season, City will be very familiar with the players to watch such as Charles Vernam and Theo Robinson, while Lee Angol will expect to feature and will be mindful of this being a chance to atone for his behaviour in the previous game where from the moment he came on he appeared to be like a bear with a sore head, eventually seeing red.

Given both sides’ draw record this season, it’s no surprise that all three matches finished level after 90 minutes, City only breaking through to win 3-0 in the null and void game following their sixth substitution. This time the tie must reach an outcome (with the correct number of subs made!) with Cambridge waiting for the winners on Saturday.

Match officials for this tie will be:-

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referees: Mark Derrien and Alex James
Fourth Official: Scott Jackson

Charles Breakspear has taken charge of 16 Exeter games, details at https://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=breakspear



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