Fortune will favour the brave, says Bantams boss as he plots victory over Wycombe (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Fortune will favour the brave, says Bantams boss as he plots victory over Wycombe
Phil Parkinson expects to see his players go in where it hurts to rediscover their goal touch.
The City squad were called in for a Sunday meeting to go through the DVD of their 4-1 loss at Exeter.
Parkinson highlighted the scoring opportunities that were missed and the need to show more fight in testing conditions.
They can expect another heavy pitch at Valley Parade tonight against Wycombe and he is hoping the penny will drop.
Parkinson said: “It’s nothing extraordinary to have a constructive meeting like that. It’s just getting the time to have an hour of reflection.
“We felt we needed to come in. We’d had a long journey but the lads who hadn’t played needed to train as well.
“We’re at this point of the season where we’ve had a lot of chances and we’ve got to take a bigger percentage of them. Unfortunately I haven’t got a magic wand to wave.”
Parkinson wants to see a braver approach in the box to start converting more chances. The only goals in the last four games have come from a penalty and Kyel Reid’s direct from a corner on Saturday.
He added: “We need people flying into the six-yard box with more determination in their eyes.
“Some of the crosses and balls into the middle of the goal were outstanding from Reidy and really you’d expect one or two of those to go in.
“We had one in the second half which Hans (James Hanson) has headed down and we’ve got two or three players a yard away. That’s got to go in the back of the net.
“We need people to go in where angels fear to tread to get a goal. We need that edge.”
Nathan Doyle (dead leg) is the only injury doubt for Parkinson, who wants his team to play the “League Two” way when the occasion demands.
“Paul Tisdale’s Exeter team have got a reputation over the years of playing good football. But sometimes you’ve got to do what’s required, and they did that on Saturday.
“I just think with us, certainly in the first half, we didn’t play the division or the conditions like they did.
“Football at any level is very competitive but particularly in the lower divisions. It’s about contracts and livelihoods and that’s why fans love it.”
Meanwhile, Steve Williams was last night set to join Barrow on loan.