Bradford match previews from the Echo

Last updated : 16 August 2003 By Michael Morris
Lee may be in line for a Ninian bow.

LENNIE Lawrence could pitch new signing Alan Lee straight into his Cardiff City debut against Bradford City at Ninian Park tomorrow (3pm).

Barring any last-minute hitches, and provided he completes his medical in time to train today, the former Rotherham man could find himself 'doing the Ayatollah' to a packed crowd.

If all goes well, the Bluebirds boss will be sorely tempted to include his new acquisition after admitting his team were 'very vulnerable' against a Lee-powered Rotherham.
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Squad news (Langley was signed after this article was written)

Nationwide Division One Saturday, August 16 Ninian Park, 3pm

Cardiff City
From: N Alexander, R Weston, T Vidmar, D Gabbidon, C Barker, M Bonner, W Boland, G Whalley, G Kavanagh (capt), J Robinson, A Campbell, R Earnshaw, A Lee.

Subs: Two from 13 plus three from M Margetson (gk), L Maxwell, J Collins, J Bowen.

Injured: Spencer Prior (knee), Peter Thorne (foot), Scott Young (back), Gary Croft (appendicitis), Gavin Gordon (hamstring).
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Evans aims to spoil the party mood.

PAUL Evans returns to Wales tomorrow intending to spoil Cardiff City's promotion party.

Welsh international Evans is in the Bradford City team for the Bluebirds' first home match in the top two divisions in 18 years.

"They are going to be under pressure because they haven't played at this level for such a long time," said the 28-year-old.

"It's their first home game and Ninian Park could be sold out, but we'll be out to go there and spoil the party."

Oswestry-born Evans joined Bradford City after playing for Shrewsbury Town and Brentford, signing a four-year contract 12 months ago.
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Bonner plays by numbers.

IN Cardiff City's midfield mathematics Mark Bonner knows seven into four doesn't go, but he hopes to be in the starting 11 when Bradford arrive at Ninian Park tomorrow, writes Gavin Allen.

Bonner is involved in the biggest selection battle in the City side, the competition for midfield berths, and with seven players vying for four places, three men are set to miss out.

But after completing his second 90 minutes of the season in the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Leyton Orient on Tuesday, Bonner is the man in possession - and he is aiming to keep it that way.
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Lee celebrates a special day.

ALAN Lee ended a tiring first day at Ninian Park when he strolled into the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel and Country Club last night.

"I'm shattered, it's been a long day," said the quietly-spoken Irishman. "The medical took up most of the day and right now it seems more tiring than training.

"The scans on every joint in the body mean a lot of waiting around and take up so much time, while the club doctor then asks lots of questions.

"All I want to do now is have a meal and relax in my room."

Lee, who celebrates his 25th birthday next week, then outlined his reasons for insisting that Rotherham went ahead with his £850,000 transfer to Cardiff City.

Millers' manager Ronnie Moore advised Lee not to make the move, saying: "There are better moves out there for you."
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