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18 May 2017

Club News


18 May 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says he has every faith in his squad to produce their very best on the big stage when this Saturday's Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final comes around. McCall's men finish off an entertaining 2016/2017 campaign at Wembley Stadium with a winner-takes-all encounter against Millwall at the weekend.

With a place in the Championship for next season up for grabs, there is bound to be some nerves and excitement around both camps, but McCall is confident that his players will still be able to rise to the occasion. 

McCall said: "Since the final whistle at Fleetwood, the excitement levels for this weekend have certainly been building.

"The time between the semi-final at Fleetwood and this final has given us the chance to recharge the batteries and get the players fit and raring to go.

"The job now is to relish this occasion and be the very best we can be.

"I am really confident that the lads are mentally and physically ready for this. Training has been really sharp this week.

"As a group of staff, as long as we give the players all the knowledge and planning they need, then we believe in the lads to go and express themselves.

"We feel we have a lot of quick and technical players who will relish playing on the Wembley surface.

"We just can't wait to get out there now - all I want is for the players to do themselves justice.

"Do themselves proud, give it their all, and hopefully come off the pitch as a winner.

"We will be looking to give the players as much freedom as possible. We want them to express themselves and really embrace this situation.

"The aim as an individual and as a collective group must be to go out there and show everyone how good you can be. 

"We don't want the players to go out too hard, too early certainly, but the message to the lads is definitely to go out there and really take part in the match.

"We want to turn a good day out into a great one but the only way that is possible is to be a winner once that final whistle goes.

"Obviously I will be proud to lead this team out at Wembley given my connections with the club but it certainly won't mean as much if we don't win the game.

"People may feel we have had a great season getting this far but it will only be a classed as a truly great season for us if we're coming back up the road as Championship side.

"We cannot guarantee a result but we want to make sure we do our best and back each other up throughout the game. The goodwill we have received from the people of Bradford so far really has been very special."

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