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WE WANT TO DELAY THE PARTY

13 April 2015

Although he readily acknowledges that Tuesday's opponents Bristol City deserve success this season, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson is keen for his City players to prevent their promotion party from taking place at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Table-toppers Bristol City visit Valley Parade on Tuesday knowing victory over Parkinson's men will seal a return to the Championship after two years at League 1 level.

With a handsome points lead over third-placed Milton Keynes Dons in the current league table, Bristol City's rise back into the second tier of English football looks almost a guarantee at this stage of the season.

But after seeing his side earn a deserved 2-2 draw with Steve Cotterill's high-flying Robins down at Ashton Gate back in October, Parkinson wants the Bantams to take the game to Bristol's title-chasers again and try to delay their elevation for at least another match.

Parkinson said: "It is an exciting game for us to look forward to.

"Bristol City will obviously come to the Coral Windows Stadium looking to clinch promotion and our aim is to put their celebrations off until at least the weekend.

"Credit to them, they have had a terrific season. The inevitable will happen and they will get over the finishing line soon. 

"Bristol City will see themselves as a Champiomship side and this season we have played against teams of that standard and done well against them.

"We've had to raise our game to do that, and we'll have to do that again against Bristol City as well like we did against them earlier in the season."

Looking at his options for the Bristol City game, Parkinson admits that some of his squad are carrying knocks going into the Tuesday night fixture.

With only four games to go after this midweek match, however, and Parkinson keen for City to finish the season strongly, the Bantams chief believes his players will be ready to shrug off any bumps to put themselves up for selection.

Parkinson said: "We have a few injury concerns but I think at this stage of the season most squads will be carrying some players who need to be patched up.

"The summer is not too far away now and the players can use that time to get rid of any niggles they might have.

"At the moment, it is all about rolling your sleeves up and getting on with it.

"In fairness to our lads, they all want to do that.

"We were frustrated on Saturday that we didn't get all three points, let only one, from our trip to Gillingham but we want to respond in a positive fashion now.

"Every game is important to us and we want to play in a committed manner until the referee blows his final whistle on the last game of the season."

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