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Bantams boss Phil Parkinson confident of kicking the habit
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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