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HOPKIN: 'WE ARE READY FOR THE CHALLENGE'

7 December 2018

City manager David Hopkin is anticipating a difficult game ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Plymouth Argyle - but one he says the Bantams are ready for.

City travel to Home Park knowing a win will take them above their opponents on the Sky Bet League One ladder.

Hopkin insists his side is facing a team who “know what it takes” when attempting to escape the relegation zone.

The former Livingston boss said: “We know Plymouth will be tough opposition.

“Last year they were bottom of the league and came back to finish seventh.

“Derek Adams is a very experienced manager and he did a fantastic job with them last season.

“We look at the position they were in last year and take heart from it. It will be a long journey for us and the game will be very tough.

“The players have to be prepared correctly. We have five or six massive games - before January - and need to start picking up as many points as possible.”

The Bantams have lost just once in their last five games ahead of the upcoming, busy Christmas period.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival will sit out his final match of a three-game suspension tomorrow, though midfielder Hope Akpan is set to return from injury.

Hopkin added: “We travel with a near-fully fit squad. Hope will come back into the mix, which is another big boost for us ahead of a tough run of games.

“It is important to choose the right squad to give us the best chance to go down there and come back with the result we need.

“In the last few games, there has only been the Luton game that has set us back. Our performances have picked up and it serves us well.

“We saw it against Peterborough. We bounced back late on against a very tough side, so that sets us up nicely coming into this game.

“The players are fully focused on what we need to do. We are approaching a period of games where we play plenty of teams around us in the table, but we are prepared.”


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