Bradford City can turn Wolves' great expectations to their advantage (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City can turn Wolves' great expectations to their advantage
8:00am Friday 31st January 2014 in Sport
City can use their underdog status to upset the “Man City” of League One, Phil Parkinson today insisted.
Wolves will parade new £750,000 signing Leon Clarke in tomorrow’s clash at Molineux.
He is likely to go straight in up front with Nuoha Dicko, their recent £300,000 capture from Wigan.
Kenny Jackett’s side have flexed their financial muscle which leaves the rest of the division trailing.
The home crowd will be expecting a big performance to match – and that’s where Parkinson believes City can spoil the party.
He said: “Wolves have got resources at this level that nobody else can match. Brentford have got a very rich owner and big budget but they are the only ones who can compete – it’s like Man City in the Premier League.
“They’ve got rich pickings from the parachute money but with all that comes expectancy. I saw them last week against Bristol City and at 1-0 up they were playing well.
“Then Bristol got a goal back and there was a change of atmosphere in the ground.
“We’ve got to do our best to make sure the Molineux crowd go in our favour. To do that, we need to get off to a good start and be strong and disciplined.
“With the new signings there will be an expectancy. We’ve got to make that a difficult burden on their shoulders.”
It’s a problem that City have regularly encountered at Valley Parade. Now Parkinson is determined to make the most of the boot being on the other foot.
“For years, Bradford were the team where everyone wanted to play in League Two.
“Now we go to a ground that two years ago was hosting Premier League football. We’ve got to use that ourselves and raise our game.
“Two years ago there were three divisions difference between the two teams. You’ve got to enjoy the occasion.
“This time last year we were at Fleetwood and Wimbledon around this time.
“This is a great stage to play and we’ve got some good players. We want to show people how good we are collectively as a team.”
Winger Kyle Bennett misses the clash with his boyhood club after Tuesday’s debut red card. But his ban was cut from three games to one by a Football Association panel yesterday afternoon after City successfully appealed against the severity of the punishment.
Preston’s Neil Kilkenny, who was also dismissed following the altercation with Bennett, is free to play at home to Notts County tomorrow after his red card was overturned.
North End appealed against the sending-off, using video evidence to support their claim that Kilkenny did not raise his hand to the neck or head of Bennett.
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