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Bradford City just need a spark up front
Phil Parkinson admits City need a spark to get them back to winning ways after another night of frustration.
The Bantams were held to a goalless draw at struggling Plymouth – their third stalemate in a row as they failed to make any inroads into the League Two leading pack.
Once again, Parkinson’s troops were cursing missed opportunities from a game which they should have won. Garry Thompson failed to finish when clean through and also hit the bar, while defender Carl McHugh put two headers just wide from corners.
Parkinson said: “Thommo knows he’s got to score early on but I feel for the lads because they really are giving us absolutely everything.
“We’re a team which needs a lift in front of goal. We need somebody to produce something and we’re waiting for that to happen.
“We just need that moment and if one had gone in, then I’m sure we would have won the game comfortably.
“I’ve played in many teams away on a Tuesday night and your goal-scorer gets one early which gives you something to hang on to. But we’re not getting that.
“It’s across the team. We’ve had some great headers from set-plays and really good chances to score – it was the same on Saturday.
“But we’re five games unbeaten and we’ve got to take the positives. I can’t fault the lads and the way they are working.
“We’re still asking for the players to keep scrapping and they did that.”
Thompson was also nursing a swollen knee after a lunge from behind from former Bantams defender Guy Branston. Parkinson felt referee Andy Davies was wrong to only book the centre half.
The City chief argued: “It was a terrible tackle. Thommo’s got a big scar right down the side of his knee – it’s a definite red card.
“But what can I say, Reidy (Kyel Reid) also got pulled down in the box in the second half which everyone could see. But we didn’t get a penalty and he gave it outside.
“Maybe it’s me but I’ve been a manager for ten years now and I really do feel something’s going to fall for us. We’ve hit the bar, had a one v one and had so many moments.
“Sometimes away from home you get one chance and score. We’re getting six or seven every game.
“We know we’ve got to start taking them but we’ve got to keep believing and keep doing the right things in those areas of the pitch.”
Parkinson also played down the speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at his old club Reading. He insisted the rumours will not be a distraction.
He said: “Obviously I played there a lot of years and I’ve been linked with that job when it’s come up previous times. It happens and you take no notice of it and carry on with the job here.
“I’m determined to finish this season in style and myself, the staff and the players are working tirelessly to do that.
“We’ve still got a chance of making it a fantastic season. We’ve already had a very good season and we want to keep it going.”