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2 May 2015

Club News


2 May 2015

Bantams striker Jon Stead insists City still have plenty to play for as they head into their final fixture of the season at Crewe Alexandra this Sunday.

Phil Parkinson's side travel to the Alexandra Stadium on Sunday lunchtime with the hosts needing something from the game to make certain of their place in Sky Bet League 1 next season.

With the Play-Offs out of reach for another season for City, some outsiders could expect the Bantams to simply prove easy meat for Crewe given their need for points to avoid a drop into League 2.

City have history of not rolling over in this sort of situation, however, after defeating Tranmere Rovers on the final day of last season to condemn the Merseysiders to relegation.

Stead, who scored at Prenton Park that day, says the Bantams also have a target of finishing the season in as high a league position as possible and they will be highly motivated to get the result at Crewe.

Stead said: "It is going to be a difficult game. A lot will be riding on it, especially for Crewe.

"We had a good performance and a good result at Tranmere on the final day last season and hopefully we can do the same again this weekend.

"We have to turn up there and make sure we don't show any signs of it being an end-of-season game for us with nothing to play for. 

"We still have aspirations of finishing as high as we can.

"I think since the disappointment of the Bristol City game, we have really rallied and had a positive reaction, and we want to carry that on.

"We've shown all this season and last season that this group of players wouldn't ever just turn up to a game and hand over the three points.

"We will fight until the end and continue to give it 100%.

"That is certainly what we have been recognised for in the past - giving it our all - and we'll do exactly the same come Sunday.

"If we can finish where we are now, that would be progression from last season.

"There are still a lot of things for us to play for.

"Once we understood that the Play-Offs weren't available to us for this season, we had to immediately set new goals and that was to finish as high as possible.

"After a couple of battling points at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United, then the win over Barnsley, we have set ourselves up for that and we now need to finish the job."

After rejoining the Bantams for a second loan spell back in October, Stead will bring the curtain down on another season with City at Crewe on Sunday.

With City looking to complete a permanent deal for the out-of-contract Stead this summer, the experienced forward is hopeful of at least another 'fantastic' season with Parkinson's men.

Stead added: "It has been an incredible and fantastic season really - it has gone so quickly.

"I think that is a sign of how much I've enjoyed it.

"The season we've had has been brilliant. There is still that little edge of disappointment that we didn't make the Play-Offs but overall it has been a fantastic season and one that the fans and the lads in the dressing room won't forget.

"It was a very good decision to come back here. Having been at the club previously though, I knew it would be.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope to be involved in something special next season."

Stead's match-winner over Barnsley last Saturday was his eleventh goal of the season for the Bantams and thirteenth overall for the campaign after previously scoring twice for Huddersfield Town earlier in the season.

The 32 year-old admits to being pleased with his season's haul but just like almost all of his fellow forwards though, he is always looking for more!

Stead added: "As with most strikers, you probably only look back at the ones where you should have scored!

"The one-on-one with Preston North End I was disappointed with, then I had one cleared off the line the next week at Gillingham.

"You do think about the three or four I could have added to my total but I think overall it has been a good season for me. 

"I've played regularly, I've been pleased with my consistency, and I think that has helped my goal tally for this season.

"It would be nice to finish the season off with one or two more on Sunday.

"It'll be nice to hopefully continue that into next season and start the new campaign bright."

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