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PARKINSON PREPARING FOR ALL POSSIBILITIES

25 September 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says his side will be preparing for all eventualities given the appointment of a new boss this week at the helm of this Saturday's opponents, Peterborough United.

Experienced manager Graham Westley, formerly in charge at Stevenage and Preston North End, was given the reins at the ABAX Stadium on Monday, meaning the 47 year-old's debut in the Peterborough hot-seat will be at the Coral Windows Stadium this weekend.

While Peterborough searched for a new boss before Westley's appointment, caretaker manager - and now Westley's assistant - Grant McCann helped the Posh secure four points from his two games in charge.

Parkinson knows the temptation will be there for Peterborough to stick with the same set-up from those two previous matches but he says City will be ready for any possible change in tactics now Westley is the manager.

Parkinson said: "Peterborough have gone to Oldham in their previous away game and won 5-1. They have then come from behind with ten men to draw with one of the early leaders (Walsall).

"Grant McCann has galvanised the team with those two results so it will be interesting to see Graham (Westley) comes in and sticks with same formation and style or whether he looks to put his own marker on things straight away.

"When we have played Graham Westley teams before, he has sometimes changed formations throughout the game so we have to be prepared for that.

"We had a similar situation last week with Sheffield United, however, where we weren't quite completely sure how they were going to play given the fact they had just come off the back of two home defeats.

"If we can replicate our performance in that (Sheffield United) match come this Saturday, we'll give ourselves a great chance of picking up a positive result."

Josh Morris remains on the sidelines with a knee injury while Luke James won't be allowed to play against parent club Peterborough.


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