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Keeping things fresh

14 January 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson is hoping an injection of fresh legs can do the trick for his side once again when City travel to League 1 Crewe Alexandra this Tuesday for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final.

Parkinson has used a number of City's cup matches so far this season, including the club's JPT tie at Port Vale in the previous round, as an opportunity to change his side around and give some of his other squad players a chance to impress.

With City's match at Crewe set to be their thirteenth cup tie of the season, the tactic has clearly worked in the past, with the relative freshness of the players coming in and their eagerness to catch the eye normally acting as a bonus for Parkinson's side.

The City chief has strongly hinted that the trio of Stephen Darby, Will Atkinson and Rory McArdle will be given a chance to rest up recent knocks, while James Hanson is also set to miss out again due to the toe injury that sidelined him for the Oxford United game last Saturday.

Parkinson revealed: "We've had players like Stephen Darby and Will Atkinson who have been playing with injuries for the last few weeks."

"We kept it quiet at the time, but Stephen had to play in the Aston Villa (first leg) tie with a pain-killing injection. It was only an hour and a half or so before kick off that we decided to play him and give him the injection.

"He needs a break and Will is the same. We also have Rory McArdle in a similar situation, so we've got quite a few players who have been carrying injuries recently. I have to be fair to them and look to leave them out tomorrow night.

"But that gives another opportunity to some of our players who need to play.

"There will certainly be a freshness in the team, and I think that will give us a good chance."

Garry Thompson, who has missed City's last four games with minor knee ligament damage, is set to travel with the team to the Alexandra Stadium this Tuesday but won't feature and is more likely to make a return at Port Vale on Saturday.

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