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Alexander: We're expecting a physical battle on Saturday

10 September 2015

Bradford City visit Highbury this weekend

After two tough games against Bradford City last season, Town manager Graham Alexander expects a physical battle at Highbury this weekend.

The Bantams were victorious on the Fylde Coast over the festive period last year, with James Hanson and Filipe Morais netting City's goals.

But in March this year, two late goals from Jamie Proctor and Nathan Pond rescued a dramatic draw for the Cod Army at Valley Parade.

And Alexander now wants his players to improve on their performances so far this campaign for the visit of Phil Parkinson's men.

He said: "Bradford are a physically strong outfit who are organised and have good players.

"Phil Parkinson is a very experienced manager and we're up against a massive club at this level.

"They're the sort of games you aspire to play in and that's why we play football.

"We're looking to build on what we've done so far this season, and want to improve once more.

"Our aim is to win games and Saturday is our next opportunity to do that.

"We know what we're capable of though and that's the important thing.

"We have to make sure our players are as focused as they need to be to win the game.

"Our planning is on us and not the opposition, as it's up to us to make sure our performance levels are where we expect them to be."

Alexander praised the impact Jamille Matt had on the game last weekend, and now wants to see more of the same from the frontman.

"Jamma has set the bar now of what we expect from him regularly.

"I thought he had a fire in his belly and a point to prove.

"It was probably because he was frustrated that he didn't start.

"Players have to have the same commitment whether they start or are on the bench.

"Every time they put on a Fleetwood shirt they have to have that fire.

"It's the only way to succeed or even survive in this game in the long term."

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