The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Richards

AN ALMIGHTY scrap to claim a League One play-off spot may be the po­lar op­po­site of the glam­our of beat­ing Chelsea, but Brad­ford de­fender Rory McAr­dle is rel­ish­ing the fight.

While the Ban­tams’ place in his­tory is se­cure thanks to that stunning FA Cup fourthround tri­umph at Stam­ford Bridge, their league cam­paign has not been so serene, fall­ing into the bot­tom half in re­cent weeks.

McAr­dle, 27, said: “There are al­ready some teams in the Cham­pi­onship who won’t be go­ing up or down.

“There will be fix­tures in­volv­ing teams who have al­ready got the beach tow­els out and are just play­ing out the sea­son. That’s not the case with our league.

“With us, you’re play­ing against peo­ple who are ei­ther bat­tling to get pro­moted from the di­vi­sion or they are fight­ing for their lives to avoid drop­ping out of it.

“Peo­ple will talk about the re­sult we got at Chelsea for years, but we want to keep go­ing and there’s no rea­son why we can’t have a strong fin­ish.”

BAT­TLER: Rory McAr­dle

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