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BLACK | SUNDAY'S GAME THE PERFECT DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE PLAY-OFFS

29 April 2017

Bantams assistant Kenny Black feels Sunday's game at Rochdale will be good preparation for the Play-Offs because City's opponents could still join them in the top six.

Ahead of next week's two Play-Off semi-finals, the Bantams travel to Rochdale's Crown Oil Arena at the weekend for their final game of the regular league campaign.

City, of course, already have their spot in the Play-Offs secured for the second season in succession, and hosts Dale could book their place as well should results go their way this Sunday.

Keith Hill's men would need to beat City and hope Play-Off rivals Southend United and Millwall both don't win to ensure the Lancashire side jumped into the top six on the final day.

The Bantams go into the game having won four out of their last five matches, and Black knows how important it is to keep that momentum going into the Play-Offs.

Black said: "Going into this game, the good thing is that we don't have to worry about results to secure our play-off spot. It was definitely a bonus to sort that out with a game to spare last weekend.

"We are still keen to keep that momentum going though, so the team that takes the field on Sunday will be looking to keep up the good work we've done in previous weeks.

"There is a lot of positivity around the club at the moment, but we saw at Sheffield United recently how football can turn quickly if you not quite at your best.

"Rochdale have a tremendous home record and we would have been expecting a very competitive game even if they weren't in play-off contention.

"Myself and Stuart (McCall) have seen them on a couple of occasions recently and they are a team who can hurt you if you are not on your game.

"Those who take the field for us on Sunday will know they must be up for the battle.

"This match certainly shouldn't do us any harm in terms of our preparations for next week's (play-off) games because it will have a competitive edge to it.

"We have a full squad to choose from in terms of injuries, apart from young Reece Webb-Foster."

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