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Not fooling us

9 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson is adamant he is not fooled by the current lowly league position of this Saturday's opponents Aldershot Town.

Ahead of City's visit to the EBB Stadium this weekend, a midweek victory for Barnet over Torquay United sent Aldershot tumbling to the bottom of the League 2 table for the first time this season.

While an Edgar Davids-inspired Barnet were picking up three points over Torquay, Aldershot were keeping Wycombe Wanderers at bay to secure a goalless draw despite playing an hour with only ten men.

The point may have been only Aldershot's fifth collected at home this season but given the extremely close nature of the league table at present - only ten points separating tenth from bottom - Parkinson knows you can't switch off for a minute in League 2 this season.

Parkinson said: "Every manager I speak to this season says that the league is more competitive than ever at the moment."

"There are some decent sides in our league and a lot of them are still looking to bring players in.

"We know we have to keen improving ourselves as a result.

"We've had a good start to the season so far, but if we stand still, we'll get overtaken.

"Aldershot are a side who did quite well last season but find themselves at the bottom of the table right now.

"Confidence might not be at its highest there given that fact, but by all accounts they had a real go on Tuesday (vs Wycombe Wanderers) and looked very competitive even with ten men.

"We know what to expect coming up against a side desperate to get themselves away from the wrong end of the table. 

"It is very key that we go there with a clear understanding of what sort of game it is going to be.

"It is going to be a physical encounter and we have to make sure we compete for everything.

"They will be working hard for the manager to try and turn their results around and we simply have to match that endeavour. If we don't, it could be a tough afternoon for us.

"If we do compete, however, we'll give ourselves a great chance of picking up a good result."

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