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Bradford City focused on completing job
Phil Parkinson insists City are going back to Wembley to “get the job done”.
The players have been given a couple of free days before a full week’s hard work leading into the League Two play-off decider against Northampton on May 18.
After saluting their efforts to topple Burton and make it through, all focus has switched to the Cobblers.
Parkinson said: “We enjoyed the game on Sunday but we were very conscious of the fact that there was no celebration afterwards that night. It was a tremendous day but we know the job needs finishing off.
“The staff had a meeting the next day to start focusing and plan out what we’ve got to do between now and the 18th.
“There was an option of taking the lads away for a couple of days but we decided against that. Any travelling would probably detract from what we wanted to do.
“It was best to give them a bit of time off to spend with their families. They’ve trained for a couple of days and will now have a bit more of a break before we put them through a full week’s training.
“It’s going to be tough. We’ve had some close ones against Northampton and they are a good side. We’ve got to make sure that we bring our best game to the table – and I’m sure we will do.”
Keith Stroud of Hampshire has been named as referee for the final. In 38 games this season, he has booked 155 players and sent off ten – including five in his last four matches. His last City game was at Crawley in September 2011, early in Parkinson’s reign.
It has also been confirmed that the Bantams will wear their gold and black change kit as the away side after finishing lower in the final league table.
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