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21 September 2012

Chris Wilder on facing Bradford City

Manager Chris Wilder is looking for a positive and hard-working performance from his players as United welcome Bradford City on Saturday.

United will be without striker JP Pittman and midfielder Adam Chapman as both will miss the game with injuries they picked up against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.

“It looks like we’ll have two missing for Saturday”, said Wilder. “Hamstrings are difficult areas of the body so I can imagine JP will be two to four weeks at best and Chappy’s gone for a scan on his foot and he’s hobbling around on crutches so there’s no way that he will be ready for the weekend.

“It is what it is. You have to experience decent times when the sun is shining and right now it’s raining, so hopefully the clouds will clear and it will be back sunny again but we just have to work hard.”

Wilder knows that the Bantams, who are unbeaten in their last three matches, are full of confidence at the moment.

“Nobody is going to give us anything, it’s a tough league. If we get a win on Saturday, which we’ll be going for, we’ll find ourselves one point behind our visitors on Saturday. I imagine that it’s a very happy camp at the moment up there in Bradford because of the way they’ve started.

“I know Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin really well.  I have a lot of respect for those guys and I should imagine that both of them have had tough parts of their career so we all understand it but as I’ve said the margins are pretty fine, as shown on Tuesday, but we have to edge over that line and be positive from the off.

“I’ve known Phil since I was 14 and he’s had a decent football career so I wish him all the best after Saturday but we are for our own reasons and for our own wellbeing we have to get a result for ourselves first and foremost.”

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