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Bradford City priority is Wimbledon not Wembley
Phil Parkinson insists there will be no Wembley influence over City’s plans for basement dwellers Wimbledon.
The Bantams travel to the side with the division’s worst home record tomorrow for their last action before the Capital One Cup final.
But Parkin-son has no intention of taking anyone out of the firing line just to make sure they are fresh for the Swansea showdown.
Competition is hotting up but Parkinson’s selection will be centred purely on Wimbledon not Wembley.
He said: “I thought we played really well and we need to pick a team that’s capable of reproducing that.
“It’s always tough because we’ve got players who didn’t even make the bench on Tuesday.
“But that’s our job and we’ve got to make sure we show the same energy from Wycombe.
“I can assure everybody that we’re not picking a team for this game with a view of next week in mind.
“We’re picking the best team to win this game. Then, on the coach on the way back, we’ll see where we are for the next one.”
City’s midweek win was their first since Boxing Day but, despite the obvious distraction of next week, Parkinson believes performances have been good.
He added: “It’s very difficult because we’ve had so much going on recently. It’s only human nature.
“But we should have won at Fleetwood and how we didn’t get something out the Gillingham game is still a mystery to me.
“Then we won well the other day. The lads have been great and we’ve got to go again.”
Wimbledon have managed only one home win since the opening day – and that was back in October against Bristol Rovers.
But Parkinson will tell his players not to write off the hosts just because of their desperate position.
“We’ve seen that there isn’t much difference between top and bottom in this division. I was watching a DVD of their game against Port Vale yesterday when they were 2-0 up.
“Wimbledon are a decent side and Neal Ardley was nominated for manager of the month in January, so that says it all.
“This side is no reflection of the team that we beat at our place.
“But you have to say there has got to be a lack of confidence at the club still. You can’t miss the league table and they are bottom.
“So while we respect them, if we can impose ourselves on them we’ll have a great chance.
“It will be great if we can start as well as we did on Tuesday. But we know it’s going to be a really tough game.
“Wimbledon are fighting for their lives like any team at the bottom. Every challenge and tackle all over the pitch will be contested keenly and we’ve got to be ready for that.”
Wimbledon, who were thrashed 5-1 at Valley Parade in August, have not won in five games to sink to the bottom. But skipper Mat Mitchel-King has urged them not to panic.
He said: “We have had talks with the management after things were said last Saturday and we all have to remain positive because negativity can spread so quickly.
“We need to have a change in mentality for the coming games as our home form has not been a strong point.
“We cannot afford to think about relegation because we have 16 games left and our fate is in our own hands. The bottom line is that we need points.
“Bradford will be professional in their approach as they also have a chance of promotion.
“James Hanson is a real handful and Nahki Wells is attracting interest from higher clubs so we know it will be a tough match.”
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