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5 April 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says City must focus mainly on their own performance when they entertain second-placed Preston North End at the Coral Windows Stadium this Easter Monday.

Coming on the back of their impressive 3-0 win at Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday, Parkinson's men will aim to keep up their Play-Off push on Monday against a Preston side with serious ambitions of securing automatic promotion.

Preston will head to the Coral Windows Stadium on a thirteen-game unbeaten run in the league - ten of those matches being wins - but the Bantams did beat Simon Grayson's Lilywhites at Deepdale back in November.

The Bantams, in fact, are the only team to have beaten Preston on home soil in the league this season, meaning they also could be the first side to do the 'double' over the Lancashire club with victory on Easter Monday.

Parkinson said: "I said before the start of the Doncaster match that we had an exciting weekend ahead of us, and this is the second part of that.

"Preston are a good side with fantastic resources so it will be a great game.

"I'm sure there will be a good crowd in the ground on Monday and a great atmosphere with it being a Yorkshire/Lancashire Roses derby.

"I just want us to focus on our own performance and what we need to do as a team.

"We have to look to continue to play with calmness on the ball, with the right intensity, and making the right pass at the right time.

"As players and staff, we know we must prepare right for this game."

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