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27 December 2015



27 December 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson expects his players to be champing at the bit to get going at Sheffield United on Monday, despite training ground problems hampering their preparations for the festive fixture.

Following the Boxing Day wash-out at home to league leaders Burton Albion, Parkinson's men will travel to Bramall Lane this Bank Holiday Monday for a mouth-watering Yorkshire derby with the Blades.

The build-up to City's final match of 2015 has been far from ideal, however, with the same rain showers that resulted in the postponement of the Burton game also causing the club's Apperley Bridge training ground to be out of action due to flooding.

A positive Parkinson has refused to be downbeat though, and he believes City will be raring to go come kick off in South Yorkshire following their recent inactivity.

Parkinson said: "We were understandably disappointed to lose the game yesterday (Boxing Day) but the main concern at the moment is with the training ground.

"I think most of the supporters will have seen the pictures - our main pitch is virtually under three feet of water. Even the 4G pitch we use a lot of the time is currently under water.

"It is a problem for us but there are people around the country in a worse position than ourselves.

"Our thoughts are with those who have had their properties damaged due to the rain.

"It has been a freakish couple of days in terms of the weather but we have tried to make ourselves as ready for Monday's game as we can be.

"We are really looking forward to this game. Festive fixtures are always great to be involved in.

"Bramall Lane is a terrific stadium to play in and there is always a good atmosphere there.

"It will be a tough game but Sheffield United away is certainly one of those matches you look out for when the fixtures first come out in the summer."

City's lack of action over the weekend does at least mean that Parkinson won't have any fresh injuries to contend with for the Sheff Utd match.

The Bantams are expected to stick with the same match-day squad they have been using in recent games, although the likes of James Meredith, Billy Knott and Devante Cole will be pushing hard for recalls.

Parkinson added: "Obviously we've not been able to do any training so Nick (Allamby, Head of Sports Performance) has just been keeping the lads ticking over in the gym.

"They are just itching to get a ball out and have a game of football now.

"We'll be going down there ready for action and looking forward to a terrific match.

"As well as looking at the training ground situation, we also have three games to rearrange and fit in somewhere.

"We will be a little bit behind on fixtures but the squad is ready for it. 

"It also gives the likes of Steven Davies and Josh Morris another game to be available for because they should hopefully be back sooner rather than later."


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