Bradford v Millwall: Remaining cool is the key for City chief Phil Parkinson

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BRADFORD City manager Phil Parkinson insists “anything is possible” as the League One promotion race continues to move towards what is shaping up to be a thrilling finale.

With most of their rivals having played yesterday, the visit of fifth-placed Millwall to Valley Parade offers Bradford an opportunity to make inroads towards the top of the table.

Win and the Lions will be pulled back to within one point of the West Yorkshire club to fuel hopes among the Bantams’ faithful that more than just one play-off place is up for grabs between now and the end of the season.

“Millwall is a huge game,” said Parkinson, who steered City to promotion via the play-offs in 2013 following a stunning run of form in the final few weeks.

“It couldn’t be set up much better for us. I would expect the match is going to be a full-on, blood-and-thunder type of game. I am sure of that.

“Playing two games in three days (Bradford travel to Crewe on Monday) is tough but we have done it before. We have got players who will be ready to come in if needed.”

Just a few weeks ago, the likes of Gillingham, Coventry City and Walsall seemed nailed on to provide stern opposition to Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic for the two automatic promotion slots.

Since then, though, the promotion jitters appear to have hit a few sides. While that has been happening, the Bantams have been enjoying a decent run and Parkinson sees a run-in featuring games with Millwall, Coventry, Walsall and Southend United as an advantage in his side’s quest for a top-six finish.

“I think anything is possible,” he said. “The picture can change quite dramatically. Millwall is a big one and then after that it is going to be an interesting run-in. It is good to be in the mix but we just want to focus on this Easter period. Then, see where we are after that.

“There are so many teams below us and any one can put a run together. Look at Coventry, who were expected to go straight up at one point this season. They have dropped out of it a bit.

“But, what we can’t forget is, they are a team capable of getting on a run and getting back in it. There are teams all around us who can do that. We have just got to make sure we gain more points than four or five others.”

Asked if any big lessons had been learned from 2013, Parkinson replied: “We have got to stay cool.”