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Wimbledon, not Wembley, on our minds

14 February 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson insists the only 'W' word on his mind this weekend will be Wimbledon, not Wembley, as his City side look to make it back-to-back npower League 2 away wins in a week this Saturday.

Following Tuesday night's morale-boosting win at in-form Wycombe Wanderers, Parkinson's men travel to relegation-threatened Wimbledon with the aim of helping their push for a Play-Off place even further with another three point haul.

The Wimbledon match will be City's last before their eagerly-anticipated Capital One Cup Final with Swansea City a week on Sunday, but Parkinson is adamant that not even one single part of his team selection for Saturday's match with the Dons will be made with Wembley in mind.

The Bantams chief says that, despite all the talk in recent weeks about cup finals and possible Play-Off pursuits, he is ensuring that his squad keep their heads down and simply think about the next game coming up.

"We had a good win on Tuesday at Wycombe and we now need to follow that up at the weekend at Wimbledon," said Parkinson.

"It will be a really hard game - we know that. They are down there fighting for their lives and those sort of matches can be the hardest ones to overcome,

"As always, we'll have to be fully committed, scrap for everything, and really earn the right to way if we want to win this weekend.

"We have competition for places at the moment and that is obviously a good thing. 

"We certainly won't be picking a side on Saturday at Wimbledon looking to rest players for Wembley. We will be picking the side we feel is the best one to win on Saturday - simple as that really.

"It's only on the coach back up to Bradford that we'll start planning for the game next week.

"This (the Wimbledon game) game is an important one for us and we'll be picking the strongest side possible.

"We won't be focusing on talk of Play-Offs or promotion packs either. We will just be concentrating on each game as it comes around. I think we have to be careful that we don't look too far ahead. 

"We've had games recently where we probably should have got more out of them - Fleetwood and Gillingham - before we finally got our rewards down at Wycombe on Tuesday.

"The next game will always be the most important one, and that is Wimbledon."

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