Bantams ready to refocus after Tenerife tonic

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Ricky Ravenhill column: Tenerife was a great getaway for the lads – the weather was fantastic, the facilities decent and it was good to have some down-time to have a breather from the season.

It was a mixed bag. When we trained, we trained hard on good pitches and used the outdoor gym and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

And there were also times when we could step back and relax. That was nice after the hectic run we’ve had and all the excitement of reaching Wembley.

With everything that’s gone on before and the focus on the cup game, it was easy to lose sight on the league situation.

But going away gave us the chance to talk about it and prepare to go again.

This season will be remembered for the achievement of getting to a cup final and we really want to go there and finish the job.

But we don’t want to stop at that. Our main goal from day one was promotion and that has not changed.

We’ve earned the Wembley day-out but the league is massive for us. We are all 100 per cent committed to playing in League One next season.

If we can put back to back wins together, we’ll be right up there again.

Fleetwood away is a great game to get back into it tomorrow. We know it’s going to be tough and if we go there with a half-hearted attitude, we will get beaten.

Hopefully the freshness from the little break will give us that extra impetus to get the momentum back into our promotion push.

Fleetwood are like us. They made it clear from the start that they want to get out of this league and they’ve thrown money about to try to do that.

But we’ve beaten them already this season at home and if we are fully at it again, I can’t see any reason why we can’t get the result over there.

Tenerife was a little treat but we’re back now and ready for whatever the weather can throw at us.

Whether it’s muddy, boggy, windy or raining, we will do whatever it takes to grind out the win.

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