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Parkinson ready for York contest

11 October 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson believes this Saturday's Yorkshire derby with York City has the ability to be an entertaining affair in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd at the Coral Windows Stadium.

The Bantams will play host to York this weekend looking to get back to winning ways at Valley Parade following defeat at the hands of Port Vale last time out on home soil - their only dropped points at headquarters this season.

York themselves will head to the Coral Windows Stadium having lost only one of their away league matches since their return to the Football League this season following promotion last May.

Despite their commendable away record though, the Minstermen come into this weekend's game having failed to find the net in four straight home games, including their last three fixtures on the trot.

Parkinson isn't paying too much attention to that particular stat, however, preferring to focus on the combating the parts of York's game that makes them so competitive on their travels.

"It has all the prospects of being a terrific game," Parkinson said.

"They play a 4-3-3 style and that can sometimes be more suited to a counter-attacking sort of football away from home.

"They have done well on their travels but haven't scored in four at home. 

"That's an irrelevance though, they'll be coming to Valley Parade and we have to be aware of their strengths.

"We will certainly have to be aware of why they have done so well on their travels so far.

"It is a bit like when Morecambe came to us earlier in the season when they were seen as away specialists.

"We did well against Morecambe though and managed to get the win from that night. 

"York have had their struggles scoring at home but have enjoyed some success away from home.

"Equally though, York conceded a few on Tuesday night (losing 4-0 at home to Coventry City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) and they'll be looking to rectify that.

"If there is any weakness there though, we'll have to look to exploit that."

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