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COLLINS WARY OF BARNSLEY CHALLENGE

9 August 2018

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Michael Collins says his Bantams are “under no illusions” heading into Saturday's Sky Bet League One battle against Barnsley.

City appear for the first time on home soil under new head coach Collins in less than 48 hours, with a bumper 18,000-plus crowd expected to pack into the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Visitors Barnsley recorded a 4-0 victory over Oxford on the opening day of the season, while the Bantams overcame Shrewsbury Town to ensure a successful start to the new campaign.

Collins insists City are wary of Saturday's opponents but believes his side are capable of making it two from two.

“We have an exciting challenge in front of us, one which we are all looking forward to,” said the Bantams head coach.

“There will be a lot of people in for what should be a great game. I understand Barnsley have sold out of their allocation of tickets, which will make for a great atmosphere given the amount of Bradford fans coming to the game.

“Barnsley made a strong start to the season and were good value for their win over Oxford.

“We have had a good look at them. They will definitely challenge us but I have a lot of trust in our players and I know the lads will go out there and give it everything they have got.

“There is some added impetus because we are going up against a top side, in a Yorkshire derby, in front of a big crowd.

“It is great for the fans to be able to enjoy such an occasion, two weeks into the season, on the back of a victory.

“But the players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground. They came in on Monday and got straight down to business, no-one is getting carried away.

“There will be some tough decisions to make in terms of the starting 11, as everybody is competing for a place in the team.

“But with five games in 14 days coming up, everyone is going to be needed and players will have chances to impress.

“We are under no illusions as to the size of the task in front of us. I am happy to say, in my view, anyone who finishes above Barnsley this season will be playing Championship football next year.

“From what I have seen so far they are certainly going to be tough for any team to beat, so we will need to be at our best on Saturday.”

Tickets for the game can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.

Season tickets can be collected from the ticket office right up until kick-off.

Supporters collecting season tickets are strongly advised to arrive before 1.00pm to avoid lengthy queues and possible delays.


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