Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bantams Banking on Home Comforts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bantams Banking on Home Comforts

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BRADFORD boss Phil Parkinson believes home support is key if his side are to topple Premier League giants Arsenal in their Capital One Cup quarter-final.

The Bantams welcome the Gunners to Valley Parade tonight and the former Charlton manager is calling for plenty of passion in the stands to help them try and claim another top flight scalp.

"We have to use the passion of our crowd on the night," he said.

"It'll be a great occasion to have a full house and we have to make sure we have a performance full of commitment and desire.

"We'll make sure everyone knows their jobs and responsibilities. The personnel might be different to normal but we know what system they'll be playing.

"We've got the utmost respect for Arsenal as a club and we know it'll be a difficult game, but it's one we have to enjoy."

The two clubs last met at Highbury in January 2001 when City were still a Premier League outfit. Goals from Ray Parlour and Lauren proved the difference that day but Parkinson is hoping the Bantams' impressive fitness levels can separate the two sides this time as they enter their 31st competitive game of the season.

"Our fitness work for this season started as soon as the last campaign ended and we monitored them over the summer and their attitude was superb," he continued.

"Credit to them for that. It's paying dividends for us now because the base you build up in pre-season can carry you through."

On-loan Newcastle defender Curtis Good admitted he would relish the opportunity to face the Gunners should he be handed his League Cup debut.

He was at the heart of the red tape row that ended with City being disqualified from the FA Cup when incomplete documentation made him ineligible when he played.

But now he will get another chance to shine in a knockout - but the 19-year-old Australian admits most of his friends Down Under will be cheering for the opposition. …

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