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Striker James Hanson hands Bantams injury scare
City are keeping their fingers crossed as they wait to discover the extent of James Hanson’s hand injury.
The striker is expected to see the specialist today for a scan to find out if there is a clean break.
Hanson played with his left hand in a bandage at Port Vale on Saturday and looked inhibited by the problem, which he suffered in training the day before.
He is a critical part of City’s plans and with Andy Gray still to rejoin full training after breaking his arm, there is no obvious cover as targetman.
Phil Parkinson said: “We only had five minutes of open free play on Friday but in that time he fell awkwardly and cracked his hand.
“I think it did (affect him). We’ll get it x-rayed and I just hope it’s not too serious.”
Nahki Wells, making his 50th league start for City, scored his fourth goal of the season but could not save them from a first league defeat.
Parkinson added: “It’s such a shame. I thought Jon was going to save it comfortably and then it got deflected.
“It was disappointing for us but I thought the response in the second half was terrific.
“I knew exactly what the game was going to be like. I’ve been to Port Vale many times and know the intensity of their play, like we try and do at home.
“You’ve got to be strong as a team to withstand that and there were a few under-par in the first half.
“But I thought we responded well in difficult swirling conditions and really should have got a point out of it.”
Parkinson defended left back Meredith, whose misjudged backpass was picked off by Lee Hughes for Vale’s first goal.
“It wasn’t the kind of day to play that type of pass,” he said. “The pitch was sticky and it suited the way Port Vale wanted to play in terms of getting forward quickly.
“It was a day of playing the percentage type of game and Mezza knows that. But he’s a terrific player and has been outstanding since he’s been at the club.”
Parkinson was philosophical about the setback, which came on the back of last week’s 4-0 home demolition of whipping boys Carlisle.
He said: “We’re not going to get it all our own way in this league. I know they are a team who came up with us but they hadn’t had a win and played in a manner determined to get it.
“We came in a positive frame of mind but it was also important that we didn’t get carried away with last week.
“Carlisle got beaten again on Saturday and I stressed that to the players while still trying to keep them confident because it was an emphatic victory.
“We understood this would be a totally different style of football game. Throughout the season you meet many different challenges and systems and we came up against a very direct team.
“We’ve had some great chances and positions to score. You look at the balance of the second half and wonder how we didn’t get something out the game.
“But I’m sure there will be other days when we only create one chance and win 1-0.”
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