Date: 27th March 2016 at 4:44pm
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Manager Phil Parkinson has said that Bradford City go into the Easter Monday game against Crewe Alexandra in good confidence following victory over Millwall yesterday.

Taking the one nil win against League One’s fifth placed side on Saturday, it’s a quick turnaround in fixtures for Monday’s Crewe battle but whilst Parkinson admits the games in quick succession bring their own challenges – he knows the group are determined to make it six from six this Easter.

Speaking to the Official Website in his pre game press conference, the gaffer explained.

‘We know that this league remains tight. Teams below us are more than capable of putting a run together, teams above us could also lose a few as well. We will just be focusing on our preparations for the Crewe fixture. The preparations started straightaway after Saturday’s game. Nick Allamby, Head of Sports Performance was in the dressing room after the match making sure the lads prepared properly. We’ve had the group in Sunday morning as well. As with any squad at this time of year, we have a few knocks and niggles but it is all about showing that mental toughness to keep going. We pride ourselves on our fitness. I know we have a fit team, plus we have the ability to change things around a bit should we need to. Our job now is to decide how to freshen the side up for Monday.’

Having scouting Crewe personally in the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in Good Friday’s fixtures, Parkinson says he watched a good game as the hosts came out three two winners on the day so nobody will be underestimating the threat they carry and how tough a game it will be.

Especially as results this weekend sent them bottom of the table so they’ll be out to show a reaction to that.

‘Crewe had a very tough game at Sheffield United on Friday – it went right to the wire. They were disappointing in the first half but excellent in the second half after making a switch in shape. They will be fighting for their lives at the bottom but we must look to take advantage of any negativity or any lack of confidence that might be around their place. The only way we can do that is by playing like the home team. Looking at the second half at Bramall Lane though, Crewe really should have won the game, they were unlucky not to do so. We will have to be really committed in what we set out to do.’

With eight games remaining now in the season, and victory over Millwall pushing the side into the Play Off spots, he also spoke about the boost the fans will be at this stage of the year – and in the game at Gresty Road itself.

‘I know Easter is a busy period for our supporters with family commitments but I’d like to try and appeal to as many of them as possible to come across to Crewe on Monday. This game comes quickly upon us. I know the lads are ready physically for the game but having a thousand or so Bradford fans there supporting us in the ground would be an enormous help. If you can, please get over to the game and really get behind the lads. Saturday was a big game but this Crewe match is equally as important. The good teams keep going, they don’t sit back and think they have cracked it. We have to go to Crewe and be right on the money.’

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