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Parkinson wants home showing

3 April 2014

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has reaffirmed his desire to see City bring their recent bright away form with them to the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday when they play Oldham Athletic.

After a disappointing home performance against Walsall just over a week ago, Parkinson's side bounced back in impressive fashion with a win at Leyton Orient and a commendable draw away to Coventry City in the last few days.

With the Bantams due back at Valley Parade this weekend after that pleasing little spell on their travels, Parkinson wants City to take the positives from the Orient and Coventry displays and use them to put on a good showing for the home supporters.

Parkinson said: "We have been pleased with our haul from the two games on our travels and we're looking forward now to playing on our home ground again.

"We looking for a positive performance to get the atmosphere up in the stadium and the crowd on our side.

"We need to show plenty of commitment and endeavour. We also need to take exactly what we have done against Coventry and Leyton Orient into this weekend's home game."

City's first match with Oldham this season back in early December ended in a 1-1 draw at Boundary Park. Oldham's last four matches have also been similarly tight affairs, with all of them finishing as low-scoring contests as well.

Having looked in recent days at how Oldham play, Parkinson says he wouldn't be surprised if Saturday's game was another close encounter.

Parkinson said: "We can expect Oldham to come here with a 4-5-1 formation. They have used that formation for the last four games and also used pretty much the same players in each game.

"They make it difficult for the opposition to play, and we expect that to be no different come Saturday. We will have to be patient, there's no doubt about that.

"We don't expect them to give us too much space to work with in their half.

"As we have shown on our travels in recent matches, we are going to have to be disciplined in our approach as well.

"Whatever it takes, we're going to have to do."

Tuesday's away draw with Coventry City kept Parkinson's men in the top half of the League 1 table with only six games of the regular season to play.

With safety still not assured though, Parkinson says his side won't be getting ahead of themselves.

Parkinson added: "We still have to take it one match at a time.

"We find ourselves in a good position in the league but we have to focus on thoughts on Saturday's game now.

"Hopefully by Saturday evening we will be in a stronger position in the table and able to start looking above us rather than below us."





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