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Boss ready for derby occasion

15 April 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says his players are ready to embrace the occasion of Tuesday's Yorkshire derby and the expected special atmosphere that is set to go with it.

Parkinson's men will entertain South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United tomorrow night in front of a bumper crowd at the Coral Windows Stadium with both sides having their eyes firmly fixed on the prize of promotion.

Victory for Steve Evans' visitors will see Rotherham move into the automatic promotion spots, while a win for City will boost them massively in their quest to secure a Play-Off berth.

The game itself comes with less than a fortnight of the regular League 2 season to go. With every single point as important as ever at this point of the season, Parkinson has called on his squad to give it all they've got in these final crucial stages of the campaign.

Parkinson said: "It is a Yorkshire derby featuring two good sides in the top seven - the players certainly won't need reminding about what the game will be like and what will be at stake.

"There should be a big crowd there as well - it should be a great game.

"We have to look forward to it. We have got ourselves in a strong position, but, as I said to the lads today, it is now time to really push on. 

"We are asking the players now for one last really big effort, in terms of on the pitch and away from the training ground. Everything they do has to be spot on for us to push on again.

"This sort of situation is what we have been working so hard for and what our supporters have been waiting a good few years for. We're up there, and we've now got to take advantage of the situation we find ourselves in. 

"We've had a good season so far and we now need to turn it into a great one, and I'm confident we can do that."

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