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PRITCHARD EXCITED FOR HARROGATE ENCOUNTER

12 October 2020

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Harry Pritchard has admitted his excitement ahead of City's Sky Bet League Two clash against Harrogate Town. 

The Bantams take on their North Yorkshire neighbours in league action for the first time in history at the Utilita Energy Stadium this evening. 

The midfielder has been satisfied with Stuart McCall's side's start to the season and believes there is a great atmosphere around the training camp, ahead of the encounter. 

Pritchard noted: "The start we have been made has been really good.

"It has been a bit of a strange situation, but we have had a good start to the season and there is a great buzz around the training ground. We cannot wait to get going on Monday night.

"It is a great occasion and it is just a shame the fans are not allowed in, as we were planning on having them back in for this game, but we just have to keep going and do what we can without them. 

"The game against Harrogate is a bit of a derby and when the cameras are there it is going to be a great occasion to be a part of. We cannot wait to get going.

"I do not know a lot about Harrogate but I do know they are a hard-working team and we will have to be prepared to have a battle with them to get a good result. 

"We are expecting a difficult game and know they will come out fighting with a point to prove. 

"But, if we can get another three points on the board to get up that table, it will be perfect. 

"We know what to expect and have been doing our research on Harrogate, so it is up to us now to go out there and get a positive result."

Having started in midweek against Wolves Under-21s in the EFL trophy, Pritchard is yet to start in Sky Bet League Two this season and admitted it has been a personal challenge. 

Nevertheless, the No.7 insists he continues to push hard for his opportunity and has stressed the importance of remaining professional.  

He added: "It is difficult because we have a great group of lads, but that is football and I am sure I will get my chance this season, particularly with the games coming thick and fast.

"All I have to do is keep working and pushing for my opportunity. I work hard in training and do the right things on and off the pitch.

"I have to give the manager a headache and try to make an impact when I play, even if it is coming off the bench. You just have to stay positive and keep your head up. 

"If you look in every single position, there are players up and down who are able to compete. We have a strong squad but it is a long season and we are going to need every member. 

"There is a great vibe but everything is positive as we speak. Hopefully, we can get going and start picking up more wins to climb up the league."

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