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Preview: Bradford City

26 July 2013

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Doncaster Rovers play the final game of the pre-season campaign on Saturday when Paul Dickov takes his side to the Coral Windows Stadium to face newly promoted Bradford City.

The game draws a close to the pre-season friendly fixture schedule in which Rovers have remained unbeaten so far.

Phil Parkinson’s Bantams experienced one of the best seasons in the club’s recent history after reaching the Capital One Cup Final and gaining promotion to Sky Bet League One via an emphatic Play-Off Final victory over Northampton Town.

Bradford won the hearts of football supporters from around the country reaching the Wembley Final of the League Cup, eventually losing out to Premier League side Swansea City.

Defeating Premier League sides Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa and Arsenal en-route to the final, the Bantams produced some magnificent performances earning rave reviews from the football pundits.

Defeat in the League Cup Final, however, didn’t derail their charge to the League Two Final where they produced a performance deserved of promotion which was duly gained with a 3-0 victory over the Cobblers.

Speaking to Rovers Player manager Paul Dickov admitted that he believes that it will be a tough game against good opposition: “It will be a tough game, it’s always a tough place to go and Phil Parkinson has done a magnificent job there last year not just by getting them promoted but also getting them to the League Cup Final.

“I’m really pleased for Phil, he is somebody I know really well, he’s got to make sure he’s got a nice bottle of red wine for me after the game tomorrow, but seriously it will be a tough game – they will be a threat in League One next season.

“Magnificent is the only word you can use to describe their League Cup campaign. Getting to the final beating Aston Villa and Arsenal gives everybody hope – it’s a fantastic story and Phil Parkinson and Bradford City deserve all the recognition they got from it.

“They’ve got good players all over the pitch; the one thing that Phil demands is that they work hard so we know that they will be hard to break down.

“They will be up for it with us being a Championship club and with it being a Yorkshire derby as well so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Watch the full interview on Rovers Player HERE   

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