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PARKINSON: WE'RE ITCHING TO GET BACK ON HOME SOIL

14 January 2016

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says City are itching to get back on home soil when they entertain Oldham Athletic this Saturday (16 January 2016) at the Coral Windows Stadium.

After two consecutive home postponements due to wet weather and a run of away games, City will play their first league fixture at Valley Parade in 53 days when Oldham arrive in BD8 at the weekend.

Opponents Oldham are expected to be buoyed by the arrival of new boss John Sheridan at the helm this week but City will be keen to extend a run of seven games unbeaten at headquarters.

Parkinson said: "It has been a long time since we've played at home, certainly in the league. I can't quite believe that our last home league match was the Coventry City one at the end of November.

"To say we are eager to get back on home turf then would be an understatement.

"We have to really crank up the atmosphere around the ground and aim to keep going with the run we've been having at home.

"That means remembering all the hard work we put into games like the Bury fixture back in October which got us started on this unbeaten home run.

"Oldham are near the bottom of the table currently but they do have a new manager in place now and we know it will be a tough test.

"If Oldham are going to come to Valley Parade with more spirit and fight in their bodies after John's appointment, then we will have to go up to another level to more than match that."

After tremendous away followings at the likes of Sheffield United and Bury in recent weeks, Parkinson knows his players will be keen to reward the fans with a worthwhile performance in the club's first home game of 2016.

Parkinson added: "You look at some of the games around the country last week and you read the reports of some fans turning against their own players, it just acts as a timely reminder of the great connection with have here between the squad and our own supporters.

"That bond is crucial, it is pivotal to us continuing to progress. We certainly never take it for granted.

"We know we have to earn that support by the manner of our performances.

"Equally, the supporters have to stay with us and look to make the atmosphere a really positive one on Saturday afternoon."

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