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Mike Jackson On Bradford City Clash

14 April 2016

Assistant Predicts Tough Bantams Test

"He's back training. It's been over two weeks since he suffered the concussion." On Matt Tootle (concussion), Jackson said:
"Jermaine's is still ongoing. He'll be guarding his hip. He's got to make sure he does his part of it now - the rehab and the prehab that he needs to do to make sure he's fit."
On Jermaine Grandison (hip), Jackson said:

Jackson also provided an injury update ahead of Saturday's match and confirmed that Mickey Demetriou, like Junior Brown, will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury at Millwall.

Goalkeeper Mark Halstead will also serve a one-match suspension following the sending off at Millwall.

Defender Zak Whitbread is available for selection following his one-match suspension but captain Nathaniel Knight-Percival will serve the final game of a three-match suspension.

"We looked into what's going on and sometimes you don't have the hindsight at looking back on what's really caused a situation," he said.

"There's too many goals gone in recently and it's something we have to fix. We've been working this week not just as a unit at the back but as a team.

"We were doing really well before the last two games. I've not got screwed up about it, we know what we need to do."

Jackson insists it is important for Town to get back to keeping clean sheets following the goals conceded in the last two matches against Wigan Athletic and Millwall.

"Bradford are a strong side and you know Phil Parkinson's sides are going to be well-organised," said Jackson.

"They've been very difficult to beat, solid, and they look a settled side - the back four doesn't change very much and that's the way he's gone about it.

"They've got good threats as well but it's something that we've looked at and we think we can cause them a problem as well.

"They're a strong side, there's no getting about that. They keep clean sheets because they all work hard and stick to their jobs. 90 percent of the time they don't make many mistakes.

"We've got to make sure we're right on it so we'll make it a good game and hopefully we'll get the right result as well."

And Jackson believes the Bantams will provide Town with a tough test at the weekend.

Bradford, on the other hand, will be hoping to continue their own promotion push when visiting Shropshire.

Town take on the Bantams at Greenhous Meadow in Sky Bet League 1 (3pm kick-off) looking to get back to winning ways.

Assistant manager Mike Jackson predicts another difficult test for Shrewsbury Town against Bradford City on Saturday.

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