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Parkinson not fooled

23 August 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson has assured supporters that the Bantams won't be fooled into taking AFC Wimbledon lightly this weekend despite their recent heavy defeat at the hands of Burton Albion.

While City were securing their first win of the new campaign with a hard-fought victory over Fleetwood Town, the Dons were being hit for six at Burton's Pirelli Stadium.

The result was Wimbledon's heaviest since their promotion into the Football League last year but Parkinson is taking that particular result in complete isolation.

He is in no doubt that his side face a challenging afternoon this Saturday as they look to make it two wins out of two from back-to-back home fixtures.

"We are certainly not going to be fooled by their defeat at Burton. Wimbledon secured a great win over Chesterfield a few days earlier on the opening day of the league season," Parkinson said.

"Sometimes at this stage of the season you do get strange results like we saw at Burton on Tuesday that you can't really explain.

"We are in no doubt that we will have to be at our best if we want to pick up another three points this weekend.

"We had three interesting matches with Wimbledon last season and I'm sure that Saturday will be challenging match for us.

"We'll have to fight and scrap for every ball. 

"When we compete like we did against Fleetwood, we've got quality in the team that can problems to the opposition.

"But we have to be prepared to roll our sleeves up and run and tackle and scrap for everything first and foremost.

"I fully expect Wimbledon to come here extra resilient after their defeat at Burton and we know they'll be looking for a reaction.

"I was pleased with a number of aspects of our play against Fleetwood but we know we'll have to be as strong, if not stronger, than we were on Tuesday for this weekend."

Midfield duo Ritchie Jones and Ricky Ravenhill - both of whom look set to be sidelined for around another month or so - remain City's only main injury concerns, but Parkinson does admit that there are some slight knocks in the camp.

The Bantams boss must also decide whether to stick with the likes of Nathan Doyle and Zavon Hines after handing the pair their first starts against Fleetwood.

Doyle and Hines certainly played their part in City's Tuesday night win but given their lack of training coming into the season, Parkinson may decide that two games in a week is too much for them.

"I said after the Gillingham game that we were thinking of freshening things up (for the Fleetwood match) to make sure we had the right energy levels in the team, and we're having the same thoughts coming into this one," Parkinson said.

"We want to pick a side that will be able to play at the same level and tempo that we did on Tuesday.

"As we do normally, myself and Steve (Parkin) will sit down and go through all our options, all our information on Wimbledon as well, and then make some tough decisions.

"We have a few niggles from the other night. Rory McArdle has a slight issue with his knee and Zavon has a bit of stiffness in his thigh area that we are monitoring, so there are a few aches and pains in the squad.

"It's something you might expect to get though after a competitive match like Tuesday, however."


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