Bower: We Will Make Changes

Avenue manager Mark Bower says he will make changes for tonight’s match against Spennymoor Town.

Bower’s men were thumped 5-0 on Saturday as York City ran riot at the Horsfall Stadium, and the Bradford boss said he had no positives to take from the game.

“We just started so poorly,” Bower said.

“When you start like that against a team as good as York then they will punish you.

“They are going to be one of the top two this season without a shadow of a doubt so you’ve got to be solid and keep things tight.

“First half we were playing into a really strong wind on a difficult dry surface and you’ve just got to do the basics right.

“And I don’t think York were outstanding they just did the basics really really well and we didn’t.

“They were very ruthless in punishing us and it’s a bit of a wake-up call really. There’s not any positives we can take from it.

“I will say that at 2-0 Wayne Brooksby has a great chance and should score and then we had an absolute stonewall penalty for handball turned down.

“If we’d got a goal there then you never know it might have changed things but having said that, they were that much better than us that it probably wouldn’t have made a difference.

“We knew it was going to be tough playing into a really big wind in the first half and it was difficult to get out of our own half.

“We were poor in both boxes, I could name everything we did wrong but there wasn’t much we did right.

“When you do that, you’re going to get beaten and you’re going to get beaten by a significant margin.”

Avenue travel to Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night with the hosts having won both their first two fixtures at this level so far.

“They’re a bit of an unknown quantity having just come up,” Bower said.

“But I’m less worried about them after Saturday because I’m thinking if we play like we played against York, no matter who the opposition, then you’ll definitely lose.

“We will make changes and I expect the players to turn up and put in a much better performance than on Saturday.

“You are going to have ups and downs during the season, especially in this league as it is now, so we have to pick ourselves up and go again.”



Bradford finished Saturday’s match with 10 men having ran out of substitutions, Nicky Wroe and Adam Nowakowski both leaving the field injured.

“Nicky Wroe just felt his groin so couldn’t carry on,” Bower said.

“We will see how Nicky is but Adam Nowakowski took a bit of a whack to the head and should hopefully be ok.

“We took Matt Hill off as a precaution mainly more than anything, and to get Nicky Clee some time on the pitch with the game in the position it was at the time.

“Obviously we need to look at a few things, and have analysed Saturday’s game having watched it back and decided what to do from there.”

As well as a first Bradford appearance for Clee, Bower also handed a debut to latest signing Mark Ross as he came on for Javan Vidal at half time.

“We’ve brought Mark in to give us some cover while Javan is out suspended for three games,” the Avenue boss said.

“Not only does he give us cover at right back but Shane Killock is also a way away from fitness and Mark can play centre back too.

“So it just gives us some good cover across that back line with the games coming thick and fast.

“He came on on Saturday in very difficult circumstances and acquitted himself well.

“He defended well and hopefully he will be a good addition to the squad.

“He did very well for Stockport last year, he was their captain as well and played a lot of games for them so we’re hoping he can slot in and do well for us.”

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