Bradford v Bury: City showing mental strength on home front

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PHIL PARKINSON believes Bradford City are ready to kick-start their home campaign.

The Bantams have won just one of five outings at Valley Parade this term and scored five goals.

Such a poor return is why City are languishing in the bottom half of the League One table despite having beaten Rochdale and Doncaster Rovers in their last two away games.

Parkinson said: “This is a big week for us. We go into it on the back of two away wins and if we can get two good results then that will be a terrific platform to push on from.

“There has been an improvement in our mentality in recent weeks at home. We have been showing great character and more personality. Our strength of character has been better, too.

“Our home record isn’t what we want. We have played well in parts but, sometimes, we have little things affect us. What we can’t do, though, is make excuses. I want the dressing room to be like it was at Doncaster. I looked around afterward and we’d given everything. I was exhausted, too, as was (assistant) Steve Parkin. That is what we need to get our home form going.”

Josh Morris and Billy Clarke returned to training yesterday after time out injured. Morris could feature in the squad to face Wigan on Saturday, while Clarke could be back a week later at Millwall.

Last six games: Bradford City DLLWLW, Bury WWWLDD.

Referee: D Bond (Lancashire).

Last time: Bradford City 1 Bury 0; January 3, 2011; League Two.