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McCALL CONFIDENT OVER WEEKEND PLANS

29 December 2016

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says he is confident that City will be able to cope with their extra work-load over the forthcoming bumper Bank Holiday weekend.

Following the goalless draw with league leaders Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day, McCall's men entertain Bury at the Northern Commercials Stadium on New Year's Eve before travelling to Northampton Town just two days later.

After the Bury match on Saturday, City are scheduled to travel on the Sunday (New Year's Day) down to Northampton to begin their preparations for the away match with Rob Page's Cobblers.

While McCall has already started to make plans for the Northampton match, the City chief's main focus remains on Saturday's visit of Bury to Valley Parade.

The Shakers ended a twelve-match losing streak on Boxing Day with a creditable 0-0 draw at play-off hopefuls Fleetwood Town.

McCall said: "We will certainly be using the full strength of the squad the best we can over the course of these two games.

"We will have to look at who we feel can play two games back-to-back at full capacity.

"We might also look at using different shapes for the two games.

"The lads who don't play any part in Saturday's game will do a training session on the pitch afterwards.

"We'll then regroup on the Sunday for work in the pool, massages, and the trip down to Northampton.

"Our thoughts are obviously on Bury at the moment but we also have to take the Northampton game into consideration as well.

"Bury have had a few injuries recently but, unfortunately for us, it seems some of them might be back for our game.

"That is football though, and we have to be ready to start the game on the front-foot and take the match to them regardless of who we are up against.

"They will have taken a lot of positives from their draw and clean sheet at Fleetwood Town last time out.

"We respect them and the calibre of their squad - we know they will relish the atmosphere and occasion. 

"From our point of view though, we must play with a passion and a tempo that will create us scoring opportunities.

"It is then up to us to step up to the plate and take those opportunities to turn these recent one-pointers into all three points."



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