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PARKINSON PREPARED FOR FA CUP OCCASION

8 January 2016

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson is readying himself for a proper old-fashioned FA Cup occasion when his City side make the short journey across the Pennines to face Bury at Gigg Lane in the third round.

With a bumper away following expected to cheer them on this Saturday (9 January 2016), Parkinson's men will take on Bury looking for their first win in 2016 and a place in the last thirty-two for the second successive season.

Given the demand for tickets by City supporters for this Emirates FA Cup tie, the Bantams have actually been given extra space within Bury's ground for the Roses derby.

Parkinson is keen to give those fans something to cheer about, and the City chief got the players together this week for a meeting to discuss how he wants them to attack the second half of the season following back-to-back league defeats.

Parkinson said: "There should be a good atmosphere at the ground and a good feel to the occasion.

"When the draw came out, it probably wasn't the tie that either side wanted given the Premiership sides that were also in the hat. But with the crowd that is expected and with what is at stake (a place in the fourth round), I'm sure it will be like a traditional FA Cup tie.

"The lads always love playing in front of our away fans and we understand there should be a terrific away following in the ground on Saturday.

"We're looking forward to the game and getting back to playing how we know we can.

"We went through the Gillingham game this week and showed the lads a few aspects of where they could have done better. We also showed them clips where they have done well this season.

"We have half of the season still to go and an important FA Cup tie to play. Now was a good time to speak with the players and remind them of the ingredients needed to get back to the required performance levels.

"We had a really good game against Bury the last time we played them (back in October) and we'll be ready for another tough game."

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