GARY Bowyer has played down the importance of tomorrow’s game at the Kassam Stadium.

The new Bradford City boss takes his side to Oxford United in a meeting of two teams in the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

With only nine fixtures remaining, time is beginning to run out, but Bowyer had no interest in talking up the clash.

He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I’m a football manager and it’s the next game. It’s worth three points.

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“The entertainment world would like me to build it up into something different. But it’s the next game of football for us.

“We’ve made progress throughout the two games and we need to do that again on Saturday.”

Bradford beat Peterborough United 3-1 last weekend at home, where they were edged out 1-0 by leaders Luton Town in midweek.

Despite the result, Bowyer was encouraged by what he saw.

He said: “You only have to look at how Luton reacted at the final whistle.

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“They knew what a tough game it had been and we have to take that confidence from the last two performances.

“I’ve laid it on the line to the players.

“They fight for every minute while we’re here.”