Bantams boss Phil Parkinson confident of kicking the habit

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Parkinson says it will require even more hard work to turn the draws into wins Phil Parkinson says it will require even more hard work to turn the draws into wins

Phil Parkinson today assessed City’s run of draws and insisted: We’re not doing a lot wrong.

The Bantams go to fifth-placed Peterborough this afternoon on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in League One.

But five of those have finished in stalemate, including the last three against Notts County, Oldham and Leyton Orient.

In contrast, Boxing Day visitors Rotherham have won three on the bounce to grab the final play-off spot from City – and open up a four-point advantage.

With the Posh clash kicking off a hectic spell of four games in the next 11 days, there is a potential for that gap to increase even further if City can’t break the drawing habit.

But Parkinson is not overly concerned that the wins have temporarily dried up.

He said: “We possibly should have more points but we haven’t got them. In the main, we’ve played well but we’re up against good sides with dangerous strikers and better goalkeepers (compared with League Two).

“Maybe chances that would have gone in last year are not happening right now but we’ve just got to work harder to keep creating them and harder to get the ball in the back of the net.

“That’s in every scenario whether it’s open play or from a set-piece.”

City could do little to prevent a stunning strike from Leyton Orient’s Lloyd James last week. And Jon McLaughlin was left equally powerless by the near-post blast from Jonson Clarke-Harris at Oldham.

Parkinson added: “Players have got that little bit of extra quality at this level which obviously comes from being in a higher division.

“The lad scored his first league goal for Orient last week and it was a great finish. That’s that quality.

“When strikers get chances now, they are going to take a bigger percentage of them than they did in League two.

“We’d love to be turning those draws into wins but it’s tough.

“But the spirit is great in the camp and a lot of the football we’re playing is good. We’re always looking like we can create things.”

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8:29am Sat 21 Dec 13

Freddy says...

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Travelling up to P'Boro to join the BRADFORD ARMY today. Weather is fine to date--but a bit chilly/windy. I hope 'Parky' selects a Team to get that win. Tough job though against 'The Posh'. Wondering if Hanson-Connel -Gray may be either involved on the Bench or brought into play during the second half.
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My Son says 'Posh' will win 2-1. So I am threatening to leave him at home !!!.
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I would love to hear that 'THE CHAIR'S ' have spoken to Nahki and secured a new contract. What a great Xmas Prezzy that would be for everyone associated with Bradford City.
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Looking forward to dealing with Rov'Ram on Boxing Day--could be a 'Sell-Out' Crowd. Also ,travelling up to Nottingham for the New Years Day match against County. There will be a massive Bradford Army travelling to that ground. C'Mon City !!.
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* Travelling up to P'Boro to join the BRADFORD ARMY today. Weather is fine to date--but a bit chilly/windy. I hope 'Parky' selects a Team to get that win. Tough job though against 'The Posh'. Wondering if Hanson-Connel -Gray may be either involved on the Bench or brought into play during the second half. * My Son says 'Posh' will win 2-1. So I am threatening to leave him at home !!!. * I would love to hear that 'THE CHAIR'S ' have spoken to Nahki and secured a new contract. What a great Xmas Prezzy that would be for everyone associated with Bradford City. * Looking forward to dealing with Rov'Ram on Boxing Day--could be a 'Sell-Out' Crowd. Also ,travelling up to Nottingham for the New Years Day match against County. There will be a massive Bradford Army travelling to that ground. C'Mon City !!. * Freddy

10:29am Sat 21 Dec 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

good look city , hope we can start to get the win today and start to climb that table once again , come on city .
good look city , hope we can start to get the win today and start to climb that table once again , come on city . SHOESMAKER24

11:31am Sat 21 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

Peterbro is a hard match any result City can get will be good result what can be gained over the next 4 games will make or brake our season Good Luck CITY and a happy Christmas to you all
Peterbro is a hard match any result City can get will be good result what can be gained over the next 4 games will make or brake our season Good Luck CITY and a happy Christmas to you all lawsonio123

12:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

my only vision says...

I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC
I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC my only vision

12:59pm Sat 21 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

my only vision wrote:
I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC
Good Golly you are making me laugh. Someone getting paid indeed Please return to Sanity no one is getting paid just wait till the seasons end it will even out by then A Penalty must be clear cut before the Ref can award it I know we as supporters shout for one often BUT we never short for one for the other team we are some what short sited in these matters So not PATHETIC just us being bias Take Care we may get one today
[quote][p][bold]my only vision[/bold] wrote: I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC[/p][/quote]Good Golly you are making me laugh. Someone getting paid indeed Please return to Sanity no one is getting paid just wait till the seasons end it will even out by then A Penalty must be clear cut before the Ref can award it I know we as supporters shout for one often BUT we never short for one for the other team we are some what short sited in these matters So not PATHETIC just us being bias Take Care we may get one today lawsonio123

1:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

my only vision wrote:
I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC
Last minute versus Coventry?
[quote][p][bold]my only vision[/bold] wrote: I think the referees have gotten together and all agreed they will not give Bradford any penalties this term. If penalties were given when they shoudve been we would ve been in 3 rd place by now lookn down on teams. Someone is getting paid and i wonder if fatty boy from Rotherham has something to do with it.... seems fishy.... someone is obviously paying someone. Only penalty was from a prem ref. Had Freind not ref we wouldnt have gotten that one either... someone needs to investigate in my opinion. I bave never seen such. We have got to be the only team in league with NO LEAGUE pens ALL year... PATHETIC[/p][/quote]Last minute versus Coventry? Peter300

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