Parkinson calls for more of same from Bradford City with a little extra punch (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Phil Parkinson calls for more of same from Bradford City with a little extra punch
Phil Parkinson wants to see a more ruthless streak from City to tame the Shrews tomorrow.
The sixth-placed Bantams are bouncing after claiming their first win on the road at Gillingham last week and will be confident of three more points against Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury.
But Parkinson insists they must kill off teams when they have the chance.
He felt the 2-2 draw against Colchester at Valley Parade a fortnight ago was a case of two points dropped – and City should have put the Gills win beyond doubt long before the end.
“We probably let Colchester off the hook again and we need that ruthless approach back in our game,” said Parkinson.
“That period after we scored (to go 1-0 up), I felt we just rested on our laurels a little bit. We’ll remind the lads that to win any game of football you’ve got to have that clinical approach.
“That probably just cost us in that very short period. But there are a lot of good things. To get the first three points on your travels is important and we’re obviously back at our own ground in good spirits.
“We know what’s required against Shrewsbury – more of the same that we’ve shown so far this season.
“We’ve got attacking players. If you’re the opposition manager planning a game-plan against us, there will be certain people in the team and off the bench who will give you concern.”
The vastly-experienced Turner has nearly 1,700 games in management since beginning his first spell as Shrewsbury boss in 1978 – when Parkinson was just ten.
The City boss said: “Graham’s done a good job there. Shrewsbury got promoted and he’ll have been very pleased for them to survive in the division.
“I’ve seen them play a couple of times. I went down to Bristol City and they played well on the night, so we’ll give them the utmost respect.
“They are a hard-working team and we’ll have to match that first and foremost. We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and try and outwork them.”
Parkinson will send out the same side once again but has a clean bill of health to pick from as Carl McHugh returns to contention.
The City boss said: “Carl’s back in training, which is good for us. He’s just had a problem with his hip but he’s looking great.
“I’m pleased for Carlo because we want everybody available if possible. He’s not had many opportunities so far this season but I feel he is going to make a big contribution.”
Shrewsbury have won only once so far but five draws suggests they will be tough to break down. Midfielder Nathan Doyle is taking nothing for granted.
Doyle said: “Our home form has been very good but we can’t just expect to turn up at Valley Parade and win easily. We have to put the effort in.
“We’ve had a good week of training and hopefully we can carry on what we did at Gillingham with three more points against Shrewsbury.”
The Shrews are without winger Jon Taylor, who was sent off for handball after conceding the penalty in last week’s 1-0 derby defeat to Wolves.
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