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St James Park, Exeter (ATT 4,199) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Exeter Exeter City vs Bradford City Bradford

Exeter 4

M Duke (og 11)
L D'Ath (45+1)
S Bennett (84)
J O'Flynn (89)

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K Reid (79)

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Last Updated: 15/03/13 10:37am

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Matt Oakley: Ruled out for Grecians

Matt Oakley: Ruled out for Grecians

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Exeter City and Bradford City at St James Park.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale is short of midfield options.

Matt Oakley was taken off in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Gillingham after suffering a dislocated shoulder which is set to rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

And the former Southampton man joins Tommy Doherty, Liam Sercombe and Alan Gow on the sidelines.

Sercombe is targeting a pre-season comeback after a broken ankle, Gow could return should the Grecians make the play-offs but Doherty discovered this week that his back injury will sideline him for at least four weeks - leaving their manager light in the middle of the park.

"It is really strange how it goes," Tisdale said. "But we just have to get on with it and we'll have to adapt and prioritise other areas of the pitch."

Mark Molesley returned from suspension against the Gills while Jimmy Keohane stepped off the bench when Oakley went to hospital and the duo are likely to start against the Bantams.

Bradford captain Gary Jones is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Jones was rested for the midweek draw at Plymouth Argyle and manager Phil Parkinson must decide whether to stick with Ricky Ravenhill and Nathan Doyle or recall his experienced captain.

Parkinson, who has no new injury or suspension worries, could also recall strikers Nahki Wells and James Hanson, who both started on the substitutes' bench on Tuesday night. Andy Gray and Garry Thompson started up front.

Goalkeeper Matt Duke returned for his first appearance since the Capital One Cup final defeat at Plymouth and hopes to retain his place - Jon McLaughlin made way - while defender Michael Nelson is another who will be pushing for a recall.

Defenders Luke Oliver (Achilles) and James Meredith (glandular fever) are still unavailable, but the latter played two separate 45-minute spells for the reserves in midweek and is not far from a return to first-team action.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39