Cup adventure can't distract us – Parkinson
CUP fever may be sweeping Bradford, but Bantams boss Phil Parkinson insists that the league remain's City's priority.
Ahead of Tuesday's home League Two clash against Plymouth Argyle and a schedule that includes a Football League Trophy game, a tie in the FA Cup and a mouthwatering League Cup quarter-final at home to Arsenal over the next month, Parkinson said: "We've got a really big two games coming up. Three of the next four after that are in the cup, but they are bonuses.
"The league is huge for us. These two games will determine whether we go into those in the top seven or not – and we've got to make sure we do."
And after Tuesday's 1-0 win over Argyle, Bradford are halfway towards reaching Parkinson's objectives. In fact, the Bantams lie one point away from the automatic promotion places, although owing to the extremely tight nature of the division, could slip down to 11th with a defeat at the Memorial Stadium.
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Bradford lost on-loan defender, John Egan, to a broken leg on Tuesday although assist manager Steve Parkin was complimentary of how the back-four coped after the injury.
He said: "Carl McHugh came on and they put a load of balls his way, but he headed practically every one of them away. They (Plymouth) tried to test us out, especially after John's withdrawal, but it was an outstanding display by our defence tonight.
"The big man in goal as well (Matt Duke) also played his part with a couple of great saves in the game. We'd have loved to have got the ball down and played it about a bit more, but sometimes you have to win ugly."