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Phil Parkinson hopes time is a great healer for Bantams players
Phil Parkinson is grateful for the extra day to build up for City’s clash with bottom club Tranmere.
The Valley Parade game, moved on police advice, had been initially rescheduled for tomorrow night before being switched again to Sunday.
Parkinson believes that added time will help as the Bantams look to keep up their storming start to the season.
Gary Jones and Garry Thompson were both hampered by knocks going into the win at Walsall. With City already missing Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh on international duty, Parkinson wants to make sure that there are no further pitfalls to the preparation.
He said: “Playing on Sunday and having that extra time is good. We need to get a good week’s training in our legs.
“We’ve lost a few players and we want to get all the bumps and bruises cleared up.”
Tranmere have taken only five points from the first ten games – and have lost the last four. But Parkinson insists City, who are unbeaten at home, cannot take their foot off the pedal.
“We know Tranmere will be fighting for their lives on Sunday.
“We’ve got to have a determination about us to match that first and foremost, like we have done so far this season.
“I was at the Sheffield United game last Friday and a manager who’s been around for years was talking to us at half-time. He said he’d seen Bradford a few times this season and what he liked about us was the great work ethic.
“It’s so important that we have got that. Ultimately you are nothing without it.
“We are certainly not good enough to just turn up and expect to win any game of football.
“You’ve got to keep working hard for each other, and that includes the lads coming off the bench.”
Parkinson said: “Nahki’s progressing the right way. It’s not a major injury but we’ve got to get it right.
“Yeatesy did well (against Walsall) and he offers us something different up there. We have other options like Caleb (Folan) and (Alan) Connell but Yeatesy gives that little bit of variation.”
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