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Boss - Torquay would be a big scalp

6 December 2012

After two successive cup ties in the last week or so, City boss Phil Parkinson is hoping his side can mark their return to league action this Saturday with a home victory over promotion rivals Torquay United.

With their last league encounter coming at Bristol Rovers nearly two weeks ago, City have drawn with League 1 Brentford in the F.A Cup and won at Port Vale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the last seven days.

Torquay - a side who have reached the Play-Offs in the last two seasons - will arrive at Valley Parade at the weekend just outside the current top seven thanks to back-to-back wins from their last two matches.

Given Torquay's impressive record at League 2 level over the past two and a half seasons then, Parkinson is fully aware of the challenge facing his side this weekend and what a victory would mean to the Bantams.

Parkinson said: "This Saturday's game is one we're definitely looking forward to."

"Torquay are a good side, and it would be a good scalp for us if we could beat them.

"They have been to the Play-Offs the last two seasons and they are there or thereabouts once again this season.

"Credit to everyone at their club for that. They are a good benchmark for us.

"It would be a great result for us if we could beat them.

"They are playing well, but so are we.

"We have to go into this game confident, and I'm sure we will do."

After being rested for the midweek trip to Port Vale, the trio of Rory McArdle, James Meredith and Will Atkinson will all come back into contention for this Saturday. 

The injury-hit duo Zavon Hines and Kyel Reid are not too far behind making a return themselves after training with the first team this week, but the weekend's encounter will come too soon for them both.

Parkinson added: "We've got Reidy (Kyel Reid) and Zav (Zavon Hines) on their way back. They have trained with us today (Thursday)."

"Having them back soon is going to be a big bonus for us going into this December period of matches.

"I would say Zav is probably a bit closer. Being out for only three weeks, he's a bit ahead of Reidy in terms of fitness.

"Both are looking good though. They'll be two great additions to the squad when they return."

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