Newcastle will have their third pre-season friendly tonight at League One club Bradford City – when we take on the Bantams at Valley Parade – 7:30 pm kickoff.
We’re not sure what team Rafa will start tonight but he will probably start his best team and we should be able o win this third preseason game.
But Rafa will want to see a significant improvement in our play after the way the lads played at Preston on Saturday in the 1-1 draw – which was fairly mediocre following the first 15 minutes.
53-year-old Bradford City manager Stuart McCall
One of the things Newcastle are doing under Rafa Benitez is forging good relationships with a number of lower league clubs, who we can then send our up-and-coming players to.
And one of those clubs is Bradford City.
Stuart McCall is in his second management spell at the Bantams after he played for them for two spells.
The 40 times capped Scottish International midfielder played for Bradford City from 1982 – 1988 and then from 1998 – 2002 and he played close to 400 games for them.
Stuart is looking forward to the game tonight and this is what he had to say in the Chronicle yesterday:
“We go into Wednesday night knowing that we are going to be up against players worth tens of millions of pounds, so we have to be realistic.”
“Equally, though, we still want to go out there and put in the strongest display possible.”
“The result might not necessarily go our way, but we still have things we want to get out of the game.”
“We have a great relationship with Newcastle – they allowed us to bring Alex Gilliead and Haris Vuckic to the club last season.”
“We obviously now have Alex back here as well for this season.”
“We look forward to welcoming them to the stadium and to a challenging encounter.”
“Hopefully, it is one that we can get plenty out of.”
“We won’t be up against the standard of Newcastle’s quality once the league season starts.”
“But there is still the opportunity to use this fixture to keep building things up ahead of the new campaign.”
What do you think?