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Recharging the batteries

26 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson has told his players to recharge their batteries ahead of their next cup adventures after keeping the club firmly in the promotion picture with a hard-fought draw at Bristol Rovers at the weekend.


Parkinson's men completed a marathon run of eleven matches in just over a month at the weekend - a stretch that included five consecutive midweek fixtures - by coming from behind three times to pick up a point at Rovers' Memorial Stadium.


Coupled with last Tuesday's home win over Plymouth Argyle, the Rovers result ensures City stay in the Play-Off places ahead of the club's forthcoming flurry of cup ties over the next two weeks.


Three of City's next four matches will be in cup competitions, including the eagerly-anticipated Arsenal Capital One Cup Quarter-Final tie, but before then, Parkinson is keen for his players to enjoy a well-earned rest.


Parkinson's squad will have the next couple of days off before turning their attentions to the first of their trio of forthcoming cup ties - Friday night's F.A Cup match at home to League 1 Brentford.


The Bantams boss said: "When you have as many games as we have had recently, it puts a lot of demands on all of the staff and all of the players."


"We only have a small number of staff and players here. They are in nearly every day of the week, working hard. It's been a long run and the staff and players deserve a bit of a break now until the middle of next week.


"I just said to them after the match 'well done for getting through this period, but when we come back in we've got to be refreshed, recharged and ready to go again'. The lads are enjoying their football and enjoying being part of this side so that shouldn't be an issue."


Following the home defeat to Exeter City just over a week ago, Parkinson gave his players the task of keeping the Bantams within the top seven ahead of their latest batch of knock-out encounters.


With City in fifth place in the league table - only three points of an automatic promotion spot - after collecting four points from the two games that followed Exeter, Parkinson says the club can now really relish the cup ties ahead.


Parkinson added: "As I said before Tuesday, I felt this week was pivotal. Going into these three cup games out of our next four, I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed them if we weren't in that top seven."


"That is where we want to be - that's our priority. Now we find ourselves in that group ahead of these cup ties, however, we can really enjoy them and have a go in these games.


"Obviously we have the Torquay league in between them, but we can really go and be positive in these cup games and try and progress in as many of them as possible."


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