Let’s fin­ish them off says Zola

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFFS - By Steve Thomp­son

BUR­TON’S two-goal hero Calvin Zola hopes his side aren’t left ru­ing missed chances af­ter Brad­ford hit back to keep their hopes of a re­turn to Wem­b­ley alive.

Zola scored twice on Thurs­day night and Rob­bie Weir also net­ted as twice the Brew­ers found them­selves with a twogoal ad­van­tage at Val­ley Pa­rade but first Nakhi Wells from the spot and then Garry Thomp­son, kept Brad­ford in the tie.

In truth, it could have been bet­ter for the Brew­ers and cap­tain John McGrath missed a good chance while Zola could eas­ily have had a hat-trick.

And the Con­golese striker, who was re­placed in the 67th minute but is ex­pected to be fit for to­day’s re­turn leg, ad­mits the game could have been dead and buried by now.

“I think we are sat­is­fied with that re­sult, if you had said be­fore the game that would be the score then we would have taken it and we would have been happy with that,” said Zola.

“We looked like we could have scored some more goals but we have a 3-2 win and hope­fully we will fin­ish the busi­ness at our place.

“My sec­ond goal has to be up there and it was a good goal but all goals are very im­por­tant, it was just very pleas­ing to score a spe­cial goal on a spe­cial night.”

Pro­vided Zola is passed fit, Rowett has se­lec­tion headaches with Billy Kee, Matthew Pater­son and Michael Symes all po­ten­tially in line to re­turn and part­ner him.

Mid­fielder Adam Drury, on loan from Manch­ester City, and defender Aaron Web­ster are both in con­tention to re­turn but Rowett is still with­out mid­field pair Lee Bell, who sits out the third game of his four-match ban, and Jack Dyer, who has an an­kle in­jury.

Brad­ford boss Phil Parkinson, mean­while, may be tempted to throw Kyel Reid into ac­tion af­ter the fly­ing winger came off the bench on Thurs­day.

Hav­ing been out of ac­tion with a groin in­jury, Reid played half an hour and while it was longer than Parkinson would have liked, he could well be given the nod from the off.

“Kyel hasn’t re­ally trained with us since his in­jury,” said Parkinson. “He has been do­ing all his work re­cently with our physio.

“We had to use him for longer than we hoped, but I think if he hasn’t had any real reaction to that, he’ll be fine.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

DAN­GER­MAN: Calvin Zola starred with two goals in Bur­ton’s win on Thurs­day

FIT­NESS BAT­TLE: Brad­ford winger Kyel Reid

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