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Importance not lost on Parkinson

4 December 2012

The games might be coming thick and fast for City, but the importance of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy isn't lost on Bantams boss Phil Parkinson.

City travel to League 2 promotion rivals Port Vale this Tuesday evening for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final - the club's seventeenth match since the start of October.

In a bid to keep his squad fresh during their current grueling run of fixtures, Parkinson is likely to make changes for the Vale Park tie, with loan duo Tom Naylor and Craig Forsyth back in the reckoning after missing out on Friday's F.A Cup with Brentford due to ineligibility.

No matter what side the City chief fields at Vale Park, however, Parkinson is fully aware of what a promising run in this competition can mean to his squad.

Parkinson said: "It's certainly an important game for us Tuesday night."

"If we win against Port Vale then we're only two rounds away from a trip to Wembley.

"I'm not sure how many of the lads within the squad have played there already, but it's the home of English football and anyone would love to play in a final there.

"Every player just about has a dream of playing on that special pitch at that special stadium.

"Tuesday night's game can get us a step closer to that dream.

"We know it will be a very difficult game - Port Vale are a very good side - but we have to go there with belief, and we certainly will do.

"We go into every game trying to win, and Tuesday will be no different."

In other match-related news, League 2 top scorer Tom Pope will be one of three player suspended for Vale this evening after he, Richard Duffy and Ryan Burge all picked up their fifth bookings of the season during their F.A Cup match at Sheffield United during the weekend.

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