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WE MUST BUILD ON BARNSLEY DISPLAY

27 August 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson wants to see City build on their encouraging display at Barnsley last weekend when Port Vale travel to the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday.

Following on from a disappointing home loss to Gillingham, Parkinson's men gave a strong response at Oakwell just four days later, putting in a much-improved performance to pick up a goalless draw against Lee Johnson's Tykes.

With spirits up within the camp after the determined effort at Barnsley, Parkinson now wants his players to kick on from that game and to continue their hard-work into the encounter with Vale.

Parkinson said: "We have to take the good aspects from the Barnsley match into this weekend.

"We put some building blocks in place last weekend - established how we want to play - and this Saturday has to be no different.

"Home or away - we have to give ourselves a platform in the game to go on and get a positive result out of it.

"There was an edge of real determination about us at Barnsley - I think all of the supporters who came to that game could see that quite clearly - and we need that again."

This Saturday's opponents will be no strangers to City and Parkinson.

With Vale having been in City's division for each of Parkinson's four years in charge at the Coral Windows Stadium, Saturday's encounter will be the tenth time the City chief has took charge of the Bantams against the Valiants.

Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin went to see Vale in action on Tuesday night when they took Premier League West Bromwich Albion to penalties in the Capital One Cup.

Parkinson added: "Port Vale deservedly took that game to extra time and had the odd chance to even win it.

"We always have tight games against Port Vale and we are expecting nothing different this time around.

"They are always a hard-working team but we always enjoy our contests against them.

"Micky Adams really instilled good work-ethic and discipline into that club and Rob Page has carried that work on.

"Every time we play them it is a real battle and we have to be ready for that again.

"I expect this game to be another keenly-contested affair and we have to some the right levels of resiliency to come out on top." 

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