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No moaners here

24 September 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has praised the attitude of the squad members currently not in his starting eleven.

Apart from Kyel Reid recently getting the nod over Mark Yeates on City's left flank, Parkinson has had the luxury of effectively fielding the same side for every one of the Bantams' opening eight League 1 fixtures so far this campaign.

Parkinson's only other change - an enforced one - came when he brought in Luke Oliver to replace Rory McArdle for one game while he was away on international duty with Northern Ireland.

City's consistent run of team selection has meant that players on Parkinson's bench and the outer reaches of his squad have found their match-time limited.

Far from fending off moans from these players though, the City chief has actually noted what a help they have been around the training ground and on match-days.

Parkinson believes this positive vibe around the camp must continue if City are to keep picking up results on a consistent basis throughout the season.

Parkinson said: "We have some good players in this squad who are waiting in the wings to take their opportunity. I have to say that their attitude as a group so far has been really great.

"How players react when they are not in the team can be one of the most important things in a football club. Their contribution around the dressing room, training ground and hotel when we're away has been first class.

"We spoke about this in the team meeting we had before the Gillingham game. Especially when you are playing away from home, the attitude and spirit among everyone has to be spot on.

"It has to be right in the hotel, in the dressing room and on the coach there and back. Everyone has to play their part.

"You look at the list of players that have been on the bench or not selected for a match-day squad recently, they could easily find themselves in the team in a couple of weeks time. Everyone will be needed throughout the year."

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