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WE ARE READY FOR THE AWAY CHALLENGE

11 December 2014

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson feels City will have no problems at all slipping back into 'away-day mode' this Saturday when they travel south to Derbyshire to take on Chesterfield.

Following three successive home games for Parkinson's men, Saturday's match at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium will be their first on the road since their praiseworthy win over Preston North End four weeks earlier.

The Deepdale victory for City was Preston's first home league defeat of 2014 and came as a result of an impressive display from the Bantams against the promotion-contenders.

Going into this weekend's trip to Chesterfield, Parkinson feels City do a lot worse than seek inspiration from their efforts against Simon Grayson's Lilywhites last month.   

Parkinson said: "The lads have trained well this week and they are looking forward to the game. They are ready for it.

"We haven't played away from home for a few weeks now and we know we will have to turn our mind-set back onto the 'away from home' mentality.

"That doesn't mean we will play any differently - we will still play positively - but you have to be ready for, and accept, that things could be a little bit tougher for you.

"The odd tight call might go against you from time to time, the majority of the crowd will be against you and things generally could be tougher than if you were at home. You have to be ready to take things up another level.

"The Preston game is a great reminder of what you have to do to win away from home. We worked so hard as a team that day to get that result. 

"We started getting at Preston from very early on in the match and we didn't allow them to establish any real grip in the game. We know we will have to do exactly the same again this weekend because Chesterfield can be as good a team as Preston."



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