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Bantams relishing 'mouthwatering tie'

Bradford City play Leeds United tonight in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

The pair have not met in a league fixture since the 2000/2001 season when both were in the Premiership. Their last meeting was in the 2011 League Cup when United ran out 3-2 winners.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has history in the cup, leading the Bantams to the 2013 final, and says his team can not wait to face their Yorkshire rivals:

Hockaday: I have players' support

Under fire Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday says he has the players support, despite club president Massimo Cellino appearing to want to sack him after the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Speaking before the Capital One Cup tie against Bradford, Hockaday said senior players had pledged their support and asked what more could be done to turn results in their favour:

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Hockaday: "We need to crank it up"

Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday has dismissed speculation that his job was under threat after a poor start to the season.

Hockaday with Cellino
Hockaday with Cellino Credit: Press Association

It was reported that chairman Massimo Cellino was disappointed with Saturdays 4-1 defeat to Watford, but Hockaday says he spoke to the Italian after the game and his position is not in question.

He reiterated though that the squad needed strengthening but said that transfers were out of his control.

Hockaday revealed that new signing Casper Sloth is unlikely to be available for Wednesday's Capital One Cup derby with Bradford and that the club would not sell captain Jason Pearce despite interest from other teams.

My remit is to coach this team to the best of my ability and I know we need to improve. I've got to help them as much as I can and we need to get some better players in. But we're not far off. Our goal threat isn't good enough at the minute. Bringing in new players there's going to be transition but that sounds like an excuse.

We're aware we need to let people go but we can't do that until we've got adequate cover.

It's been so hard to get players in now. We've been so close to signing lots of players and at the eleventh hour they've gone wrong. We've got until Monday to strengthen and I think it'll be very fair to just me after that. I know we'll be getting players in.

– Dave Hockaday
Hockaday dismissed reports that his job was under threat
Hockaday dismissed reports that his job was under threat Credit: Press Association

He dismissed reports that the players were unsettled after the poor results, his surprise appointment and the transfer policy.

What I will say is that four of the senior players came to see me to say they're behind me and is there anything they can do to help and I said you've just got to work hard.

– Dave Hockaday
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