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28 February 2014

The gaffer is confident his men can take all three points from West Yorkshire...

about his admiration for what Phil Parkinson has done at Bradford in recent times.Boro PlayerBefore the trip to Bradford on Saturday, Graham Westley spoke to

“Phil’s done a brilliant job at that football club. Taking them to the Carling Cup final last year, winning promotion and now doing really well in League One so you’ve got to have respect for what they’ve done, and you know it’s going to be a tough challenge when you’ve got a team whose come back into form like them and with a big crowd behind them so it’s not going to be an easy job.”

Bradford go into the game on the back of two wins, against Port Vale and MK Dons but prior to that, the Bantams had only won 2 of 22 games.

“They’re a club that’ve turned their own fortunes round, they couldn’t win a game for love nor money and then all of a sudden out of the blue they’ve nicked a couple of wins and In fairness to them they’ve played very well in those performances.

“We know what they’re about; they don’t make any secret of how they play. They’re a very direct side, they are back-to-front, they’ve got two wide players who want to cross early balls, they’ve got a big centre forward who wants to hold it up, they bang the ball at him and get out of midfield and they’re effective at what they do. They’re an organised and strong side.

“But as it happens they’re a side that you can see our assets having joy against, we’ve got the pace that can really hurt them, we’ve got the ball players that can play in front of people and give them problems to think about, and fortunately from our point of view we’ve got the lads who are more than up for the physical battle when direct play comes against us, so were a side that can cope with what they offer.”


Sign into Boro Player to watch the full interview with Graham Westley where he speaks about Tuesday's game with Crewe, the teams lack of goals and more on Bradford.

Jimmy Smith also had plenty to say before facing Bradford, read our interview with him here.

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