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PARKINSON LOOKING FORWARD TO EASTER 'CHALLENGE'

25 March 2016

Ahead of two important Sky Bet League 1 games in just three days for the club, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says he is relishing the prospect of a bumper Easter weekend for his squad.

City entertain fifth-placed Millwall at the Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday looking to reduce the four point gap between the two sides. Parkinson's side will then travel to relegation-threatened Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday.

The Bantams will have some key players away on international duty for both matches but Parkinson believes City will still be ready for the quick-fire double-header that awaits them.

Parkinson said: "Everything is set up for an intriguing encounter at the weekend.

"Millwall are obviously just above us in the table so this Saturday's match is a great opportunity for us to close that gap.

"We know that nothing will be decided over this weekend but our aim is to get two positive results from this Easter period.

"As soon as Saturday evening comes, our attention will switch from this (Millwall) game to Monday's match at Crewe Alexandra.

"We want to get to Tuesday morning and make sure we are still right in the mix. We are looking forward to that challenge.

"We have to relish this stage of the season. We must stay calm and focus on what we have to for each game."

Like City, Millwall are also missing players this weekend due to international call-ups.

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou (Comoros), left winger Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland) and reserve goalkeeper David Forde (Republic of Ireland) are all unavailable to the Lions for their trip to the Coral Windows Stadium.

Aiden O'Brien and Shaun Williams appear favourites to step up into Neil Harris' line up against City as a result, with Ed Upson also in contention for a starting berth.



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