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26 February 2013

City could look to use the full strength of their squad once again this Wednesday when they return to league action against Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Bantams' home fixture with the Daggers will be their first since Sunday's Capital One Cup Final with Swansea City at Wembley Stadium.

After City's lung-bursting efforts against their rampant Premiership opponents, including playing half an hour with only ten men, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson will have to assess the freshness of his players before naming his Dagenham starting eleven.

Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin will also take into consideration City's recent performances at Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon - the Bantams' previous two league matches before Wembley.

With a starting line up featuring as many as five different players from the eleven who began at Wembley, only a disappointing closing to the Wimbledon match denied the Bantams back-to-back away wins from those games.

One change will certainly be made as Jon McLaughlin replaces the suspended Matt Duke in goal. Nathan Doyle is a slight doubt after picking up a knock in the cup final but Andy Gray is free for selection once again after being cup-tied on Sunday.

Speaking about City's selection issues ahead of Dagenham's arrival, Parkin said: "We will obviously have to factor in Sunday's efforts and see how it has effected the players.

"We'll also have to keep in mind how we played against Wycombe and Wimbledon in our two matches before Wembley. I felt Wycombe was probably our best away performance of the season against an in-form side with dangerous players.

"We then went to Wimbledon, played some great stuff there as well, and was only around ten minutes from making it two wins on the road in less than a week.

"Whichever team we select though, there will be no thoughts about Sunday. We will be ready for tomorrow's game, fired up, and ready to have a right go.

"We know how important this game is to us. We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves in terms of our thoughts for the remainder of this season.

"We are simply looking at the next game, taking things one match at a time, and seeing where that takes us."

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