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18 April 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says City are desperate to ensure that Saturday's game with Burton Albion will not be their last action at the Coral Windows Stadium this season.

Parkinson's men entertain Burton this weekend for their last scheduled home fixture of the campaign. 

Qualification for the Play-Offs for the Bantams, however, would mean City back at Valley Parade for one last time for the home leg of their semi-final.

To take a step closer to that prize though, Parkinson knows City will have keep focused and go for victory this Saturday.

Parkinson said: "We have worked hard all season to get to this point, and we sincerely hope that Saturday will be our penultimate home game of the season.

"Six weeks ago we'd have been delighted to be in the position we find ourselves in now with our fate in our own hands with only two games to go.

"We know that if we win both of our final two league games, we're in the Play-Offs.

"There is a very good chance that it will all go down to the final day though. 

"We just have to concentrate on ourselves and focus on trying to get three points from Saturday. If we play the way we have been doing, we'll give ourselves a good chance."

While City have hopes of using Saturday as a chance to take a massive step towards the Play-Offs, for the fifth game in a row, the Bantams will face up to opponents with their own promotion ambitions.

Currently sitting in fourth place, Burton were knocked out of the automatic promotion spots by Rotherham United's win at the Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday - but they are at least already assured of a Play-Off place.

Parkinson added: "Obviously the Rotherham result was a poor one for them but, with a Play-Off place secured, I'm sure they'll be coming here looking to go all out for the win.

"We've played against teams like Chesterfield and Bristol Rovers recently - teams looking to extend their seasons - while Burton will come to Valley Parade on Saturday looking to try and avoid extending their season by getting in the top three."

With only the final weekend of fixtures left after this Saturday's set of games, City know that a home win, coupled with a defeat by Exeter City at the hands of Cheltenham Town, will be enough to secure themselves a Play-Off berth.

Despite this tantalising thought though, Parkinson says he won't be listening out for any other scores at the weekend until after City's game with Burton.

Parkinson said:"We'll just be focusing on ourselves.

"All we can do is strive to get a win. 

"We'll be going out to get that, then after the match, regardless of our result, we'll have a look at the other results and see where it all leaves us. 

"We fully expect it to go down to the final game though, so we'll be starting our preparations for Cheltenham next weekend after the game as well."

Despite City's hopes of extending their season through the Play-Offs, Parkinson wants his side to reward the fans on Saturday for their support this term with a worthy display just in case it is their last appearance on home soil this campaign.

Parkinson added: "Whatever happens, Saturday represents a good chance for the players to thank the fans for the support they have given us this year by putting in a really good performance again. 

"It we can do that, and it results in a win, it'll push us closer to what we are striving for."


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