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Sterling Archer

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BRIAN LITTLE believes tonight's League One clash with Bradford City has the potential to serve up another feast of goals.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Tranmere edged out in a 5-4 thriller.

"I would like to think this game will be every bit as good," said the Rovers boss. "I can't see it being 5-4, but I genuinely think it has goals in it.

"We want to go out there and be strong and not give much away, but we also want to go out there and score a few goals."

Despite Tranmere coming from behind three times in last season's encounter, a last gasp David Wetherall strike broke Tranmere hearts.

"Last season we were on the wrong side of a thin dividing line," said Little. "The fact that we lost hurt us. Both managers will be a little wary of giving instructions to just go out there all gung-ho and see what happens

"But Bradford are set up for counter attacking and when you consider the type of game we normally play at home, it has all the ingredients of having a goal or two."

The Rovers back line could be up against veterans Dean Windass and Steve Claridge, a strike partnership with a combined age of 75. Little warns his defenders they must still be wary.

"They can be a decent partner-ship, " he said. "Dean Windass is arguably the best striker in our division at the moment. I can't think of a club that wouldn't want him in their forward line. He will be a major threat.

"As a manager I have come up against Steve many times. When I was at Leicester he was part of a very good Cambridge side. I have watched his career ever since then and in the last few years have got to know him through media work.

"Steve has even been in management and that always brings something extra out of you. He can have a big influence on the game.

"If they are both on the park Bradford have two intelligent footballers who know what the game is about. What they lack in certain areas they make up for with experience."
 
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