Date: 24th March 2016 at 8:24pm
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With a busy Easter Weekend for Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson, he’s been speaking about the importance of the next two matches for the Play Off push.

With Bradford sitting in seventh place in the League One table, and only goal difference separating us from Barnsley in the last Play Off spot it’s certainly all to fight for this year, and Parkinson knows that two solid results in the next two games would be key for us – especially as Millwall sit four ahead ahead in fifth place.

Speaking to the Official Website in his pre Millwall press conference, Parkinson explained.

‘This stage of the season is why you get into football for. We have to stay calm and concentrate on the job we have to do for each game. We have a lot of experience in the camp of dealing with this position. The lads are ready for it and we have to relish it.’

Parkinson went on to say that the Easter period for the club is a strange one as it coincides with the international break, and of course that effects our build up for the games.

‘This Easter period is a slightly strange one with the international break – I certainly can’t remember it happening like this before – but it is business as usual for us. It is an important three days for us with the games against Millwall and Crewe. We will be looking to start this period with a positive result on Saturday. With the international call-ups and Rory McArdle’s shoulder injury, we felt we needed some extra cover in defence and midfield. Tom Thorpe will give us that. He is a player with good potential and he fits what we need at the moment.’

The gaffer also confirmed that Tony McMahon was a doubt for the Millwall game, explaining that he’d developed a hip flexor problem.

He was set for a scan today, so a late decision would be made on him once the results were in.

‘McMahon is having a scan on his hip today. Hopefully it is not too bad but we won’t know for certain until we get the results of the scan in the afternoon. We have to contend with these two games. We have players who have not played recently who are back in the frame. Some of them have been unfortunate not to play but they will get an opportunity.’

He went on to say.

‘We have players like Josh Morris, Billy Knott, Paul Anderson and Filipe Morais who are back in the mix and looking for their chance. Jamie Proctor is a great example of someone who was out of the side but then took his chance with both hands when he did get an opportunity. Tom Thorpe has also come into the building this week and he is really determined to make his mark with us. I’m sure he will get an opportunity over these next two games. Whoever comes in, I’m sure the fans will give them every bit of support.’

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